Integration on the Edge: Data Explosion & Next-Gen Integration

What's the dirty little secret of the SaaS/Cloud application world?   It's performance. And it could render your new application unusable. And seriously hurt your business. Nearly every business on the planet now has applications and/or data which are SaaS/Cloud-based.... Read More..
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It's rare that I ever disagree with @DavidLinthicum.But this weekend, I read an otherwise great article in InfoWorld  entitled "Your company's cloud strategy must come from the top".Today's "shadow IT" world - where every department seems to have the capability... Read More..
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Birst, a San Francisco-based Cloud-driven analytics vendor "gets" big data analytics. They make enterprise-class analytics making accessible to organizations of almost any size with a multi-tenant Cloud-based approach that offers more scalability and faster time-to-value than traditional solutions like SAP... Read More..
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I've been following Mulesoft and their Mule iON Cloud-based application integration platform for a while - in fact, I've written about it here on ebizQ (back in December 2011). They are in that class of vendors that Gartner Research VP... Read More..
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Constellation Research and Ex-Forrester super-analyst R "Ray" Wang sent over a copy of a Research Brief he recently authored entitled "What CFOs Need to Know about SaaS and Cloud Integration". Only 10 pages long, including the cover and "abouts", this... Read More..
The classic "CIO's Dilemma" is to hold down costs while simultaneously investing in innovation for the future - a bit like trying to fly the airplane while refitting it at the same time. Most organizations can only invest 20-25% on... Read More..
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I've written a couple of articles over the past week that discuss the challenges associated with communicating the business value of "infrastructure software" like integration. I've suggested that framing the debate around technology and business problems like Legacy Application Modernization... Read More..
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One of the most challenging things about being an advocate for Integration technology is that Integration does not solve a particular business problem. Instead, it solves about 100,000 business problems (a bit of integration-geek humor for you to use at... Read More..
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Earlier today, I attended a live webinar featuring Massimo Pezzini, Gartner VP and author of a series of Research Reports on Integration Platforms as a Service ("iPaaS"). I have written a series of articles on these Research Reports - and... Read More..
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I have not been a big fan of the various iPaaS Research Reports that have come out of Gartner Research. In fact, I have been quite vocal in my suggestions for improvement - with three articles on the topic on... Read More..
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Around the world, organizations spend tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars every year implementing and supporting Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Sales Force Automation (SFA) software. They spend these enormous sums of money for one simple reason... Read More..
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The build vs. buy debate for integration software (both data and application integration) continues. See it on IntegrationTV's Episode Six. This topic, along with the general debate of what constitutes an integration strategy and the differences between application integration and... Read More..
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About two weeks ago, Gartner Research released yet another research report on iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) "iPaaS Expands Beyond Cloud Service Integration Through Flexible Deployment Topologies". Rather than clarify the confusion surrounding iPaaS platforms, it jumbles things up... Read More..
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Yesterday, I wrote in-depth about Gartner Research's recent iPaaS reports. My conclusion was that "in many ways, Gartner's iPaaS reference model (in all its complexity and ambitiously broad scale) is everything you DON'T need to know about Cloud Integration to... Read More..
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What's an iPaaS and where can I get one? I've been reading the various reports from Gartner Research that have been coming out since early 2011 on this topic. To be perfectly straightforward, Gartner's lengthy iPaaS reports leave me a... Read More..
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Data problems - whether they be inaccurate data, incomplete data, data categorization issues, duplicate data, data in need of enrichment - are age-old. IT executives consistently agree that data quality/data consistency is one of the biggest roadblocks to them getting... Read More..
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Yes.  "Crowd Computing", not "Cloud Computing".  That wasn't a typo. Bad data is a big problem.  An enormously expensive problem.  At this point, most people should be nodding their head - just as if I had said something obvious and true... Read More..
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Real-time application integration is picking up speed in the Cloud.  MuleSoft and Zuora just made a significant announcement on this front - one that validates the need for Cloud-based Application Integration, and shows that market is gaining momentum. Reading between the lines,... Read More..
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I took advantage recently of an opportunity to listen in on a panel discussion sponsored by data integration heavyweight Informatica. It was hosted by THINKstrategies' Jeff Kaplan, with panelists from Astadia, D&B, Informatica and PSA Financial Services. I wrote a... Read More..
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2012 will be the year that Cloud Analytics hits pay dirt. Increasingly - and at an accelerating rate, data and applications are moving to the Cloud, and the old-fashioned on-premises Business Intelligence stacks are going to be supplanted by a... Read More..
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This blog offers an informed and informative perspective on the ongoing explosion of data and the technologies used to turn this data explosion into assets and competitive advantages.

Hollis Tibbetts

Hollis has established himself as a successful software marketing and technology expert. His various strategy, marketing and technology articles are read nearly 50,000 times a month. He is currently Director for Global Marketing Operations for Dell Software Group. Hollis has developed substantial expertise in middleware, SaaS, Cloud, data management and distributed application technologies, with over 20 years experience in marketing, technical, product management, product marketing and business development roles at leading companies in such as Pervasive, Aruna (acquired by Progress Software), Sybase (now SAP), webMethods (now Software AG), M7 Corporation (acquired by BEA/Oracle), OnDisplay (acquired by Vignette) and KIVA Software (acquired by Netscape). He has established himself as an industry expert, having authored a large number of technology white papers, as well as published media articles and book contributions. Hollis is a top-ranked author on Sys-Con media, is also published on Social Media Today "The World's Best Thinkers on Social Media", and maintains a blog focused on creating great software: Software Marketing 2013. He tweets actively as @SoftwareHollis Additional information is available at HollisTibbetts.com All opinions expressed in the author's articles are his own personal opinions vs. those of his employer.

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