Software-defined Integration

Have you ever heard about software-defined integration? Chances are you haven’t, and you are by far not in the minority. This term and the phenomenon that is described by the term are quite new. Even though you find some entries on the Internet, most of them use the term as a catchy phrase, but in reality talk about software-defined networking. …

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 …

Platforms as Business Models

Platforms are changing the world It doesn’t matter if it involves the exchange of physical goods (e.g. eBay and Etsy), virtual goods (e.g. Youtube and Facebook) or standardized services (e.g. Uber and Airbnb). Never in the history has there been such a rapid growth of companies which core is a platform model. In his fantastic book Platform Scale, Sangeet Paul …

ESB vs. iPaaS

Recently, I came across a statement that ESB, as opposed to iPaaS, was developed for access administration to obsolete, legacy systems (by definition on-premise ones). Indeed, the term ‘enterprise service bus’ allegedly made its appearance in 2002, while cloud computing basically arrived together with Salesforce in 1999, or so they say. So, it might seem as if ESB was indeed …

When IoT Integration Projects Meet iPaaS

In my last article, I indicated that an iPaaS (integration platform as a service) can be a good fit for IoT-related integration projects based on the fact that most IoT services have an API. While I continue holding to this position, there is another perspective on the connection between IoT and iPaaS uttered by Gartner in their research note “IoT …

4 implementation use cases for an iPaaS

Gartner introduced the term iPaaS in 2011, referring to “a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual or across multiple organizations”. Since then iPaaS has been diligently serving its main purpose, which has been exactly connecting cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-on-premise applications. …

What implementation partners can learn from Slack

Summary 2015/2016 is seeing a shift in the business model of SaaS implementation partners. Some of them are moving from offering purely individual implementation and integration projects to adding integration as a service in form of integration marketplaces to their portfolios. As it is with any other recent trends and shifts in SaaS industry, it is essential for SaaS implementation …

Practical application of eventual consistency for integration processes

elastic.io platform connects and keeps different systems in synch using their APIs. All this is done despite their different hierarchical structures with inter-object dependencies, different data types and different locations. It would seem to be an impossible task to achieve, especially in the current distributed computer systems where the problem of common state or consistency can really hamper the success …

How to connect microservices in 15 minutes

We interviewed one of our platform users Dan Bruce, CTO and co-founder of mobile FinTech startup Albert about how they connected their microservices in 15 minutes. Albert helps freelancers create invoices as easily and as quickly as possible, all for free. “Invoicing is now as easy as email.” What problem did you have that you wanted to solve with elastic.io? …

Manage multiple applications

Ok, you probably did hear about these ways. However, you might be not quite aware of their most obvious advantages and drawbacks. Whether you are a non-developer seeking ways to connect two disparate SaaS “programs” or a product manager looking for an integration solution that would fit your company’s needs, I hope that you can use the points below as …