Application Integration Trends 2017

Every time a new year is around (or has just started), the web fills with various predictions for the coming year. This time we decided to pick up on the trend and share with you our own selection of predictions for application integration, based on what we have observed working with various clients within the past 2016. Below you’ll find: …

  This will probably be the shortest post that has ever appeared on our blog, but what is more to say at this time of year than “Have happy holidays and a great start to the year 2017”?:-) This has been a great year for us, and we hope it was the same for you too. May the next year …

Webhooks vs. APIs to Sync Data Between Applications

When there is a talk about what method to use in order to seamlessly sync data between applications, platforms and databases (in other words, application integration), APIs are often named as a today’s best-practices method for handling this. Unlike ETL-based integrations, which are not scalable, quite expensive and a bad fit for dynamic changes in business needs, APIs allow for …

Application Integration for Retail

When it comes to retail (and eCommerce), it is no secret that this industry is experiencing some pretty exciting but challenging times. We all know the questions any retailer asks themselves, as these are, actually, not that particularly unique to the retail business: How to optimise customer satisfaction and increase customer retention? How to lower my operating costs so that …

Integration middleware as instrument for redesigning a unified telecommunications tool

When IT folks hear the term ‘integration middleware’, they usually think about a tool that works somewhere deep in the background, pushing data back and forth to support business processes. But what if an integration middleware is used as an instrument to build an entirely new product or increase added value of an existing one? Just last month we showcased this trend in our …

When IT transformation initiatives turn into a battle with the Board and CFOs

Yesterday I went to a very cool conference in Frankfurt called Crisp Perspective. IT experts from companies like CLAAS, Adidas, Flixbus, QSC presented their IT transformation projects, how they work on their respective companies’ digital innovations, how they use the cloud, and so on. Really, lots of input received, and I would love to follow up on that in more detail …

Communication Platform as a Service: Leveraging Its Integration Capabilities

Last Friday we ran our first webinar. Just to remind you, the topic of the webinar was how an Inc 500 company, and precisely Star2Star Communications, used iPaaS to accelerate time to market of their own cPaaS (Communication Platform as a Service) offering. To be entirely honest, although we all knew what Sergey Galchenko, the CTO of Star2Star would be talking …

Integration Middleware to Build New Products

In one of our last articles we already talked about the changing position of system integrators (SIs) in the software distribution/supply chain. Back then we mentioned Apora, a Netherlands-based system integrator, as a reference case. This week we would like to share with you the full story of Apora. From the interview below with Bharath Kumar, Cofounder and Director at Apora, you’ll learn: …

Message Exchange Patterns in Application Integration

When it comes to application integration, there are various ways to exchange data between them. One that stands out is using their APIs (as long as they are provided) to extract or receive information, either in real time or in batches. Depending on the business needs, different message exchange patterns are applied, and in this article, we would like to list the …

Improving your time to market with iPaaS

Digitization, popularity of agile and DevOps, wide adoption of cloud application and systems – all this led to both small and large businesses now facing highly competitive times. When developing their products and services, moving faster than their competitors and the market in itself is key to survival. Therefore, improving your time to market (TTM) is one of the major …