Cloud computing has gained momentum to the point where there is a mad rush by organizations to move everything to the cloud.
However, it has become obvious to many companies that not everything belongs in cloud; legacy applications tied to specific platforms, for example, need to remain on-premise. There are several other reasons such as data privacy, performance etc. which are causing companies to realize that, for the foreseeable future, some of their systems will remain on premise and will have to work with the newly acquired cloud-based applications.
Enter hybrid integration, where organizations have the flexibility to integrate their on-premise applications with the cloud application using a single platform - and also move the integrations from on-premise to private cloud and to public cloud. Why? Today’s integration challenges include integrating applications no matter where they are deployed—in the cloud as a service, inside a company’s firewalls or at a partner’s site. In a recent study, 63% of organizations said they have now adopted a hybrid cloud approach.
Another important aspect to consider is that integration has evolved far beyond just onboarding partners and exchanging electronic documents; it also must help manage external access to a company’s unique data and capabilities, by even unknown developers, via APIs. It needs to include support for “citizen developers,” who are not integration specialists, offering business-focused tools and dashboards.
In short, hybrid integration has to be everything to everyone. Analysts at Forrester, in their latest report, “The Forrester Wave™: Hybrid Integration for Enterprises, Q4 2016,” say that enterprise architects are reaching for just such a solution.
“The hybrid integration market is growing because more EA professionals see the broad capabilities and use-case flexibility as a way to address key business challenges,” said the report.
Software AG was named a leader in the report amongst the “the vendors that matter most.”
We believe that the Forrester report highlights several features of our Digital Business Platform, including:
- Operational efficiency: “[Software AG’s DBP Integration Platform] supports multiple integration patterns, including data integration and long running transactions.”
- Version, lifecycle and runtime management: “[Software AG’s DBP Integration Platform] also supports a range of data formats and offers more than 100 transformer services to transform data into the format a user needs. Customers can extend these integration patterns through additional integration capabilities with API management, B2B integration, Managed File Transfer, human workflow, Complex Event Processing, high speed messaging or in-memory caching.”
- Planned enhancements: “Planned enhancements include an API gateway in the cloud, a single Agile process platform, DevOps improvements for quickly developing applications, and recommendation-based mapping.”
The Forrester report is significant evidence of a thorough understanding of the needs of this important market. We believe our improved movement upwards in this market clearly demonstrates our ability to keep pace with the CIO’s needs to effectively manage the complexity involved in transforming to a digital enterprise.
The Digital Business Platform provides comprehensive integration capabilities to bring existing systems and new technologies together. A company can integrate and manage applications, mobile devices, services, big data and APIs—anywhere in the cloud or on-premises.
We are proud to be named a leader in hybrid integration by Forrester.