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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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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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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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Master Data Management (MDM) is a notoriously difficult, time-consuming, high-effort (but high-value) initiative. It's also an on-premises initiative - pretty much all the pieces of an MDM solution are old-fashioned on-prem software. Any enterprise-class software that moves up into the... Read More..
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This is the third article in a 6-part series on why business software vendors should consider data and application integration an imperative, and an overview of how ISV's can quickly benefit from leveraging integration platforms. The first two articles are:... Read More..
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