Why Use an External Integration Platform?

Just the other night I was having dinner with a friend of mine, who has little knowledge about the IT industry in general, let alone the “application integration” part. And so when I was trying to explain what kind of an animal iPaaS is, she asked me quite a justified question at some point, “Why would anyone buy a product …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to make APIs good for Integration

There is hardly an IT application nowadays that doesn’t provide an API, which specifies how this application should interact with the rest of IT ecosystem. So, it’s no wonder that IT staff even at large enterprises increasingly use APIs to integrate multiple systems with each other, usually new ones with the existing IT estate. At the same time, there are …

Continuing the topic started last week, this week I would like to show you how these little lightweight programs called chatbots are taking their own place within organizations, doing no less than increasing employees productivity and streamlining business processes. From the “simple” consumer space to the enterprise Currently, chatbots are very popular in the consumer space. From the business perspective, …

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 …

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 …

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. …