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 …

Despite August being one of the hottest summer months, we were busy building nice new features. Our goal was to give user a better visibility of the status of integration workflows, more transparency on containers and scheduling, and faster feedback to user actions. In other words, we wanted to deliver you a better user experience. And so here is the …

Rising popularity of self-service approach, first case data integration

Self-service approach is getting increasingly widely accepted in different IT areas. It is also quite a broad topic in itself, and we’ve already touched upon it in one of our recent articles on system integrators, namely The Impact of Digitization on Traditional System Integrators’ Business Model. In this blog post I would like to give it another perspective, namely from …

Feature alert May-June 2016

We’ve kinda got carried away by our latest cool feature Organizations, so we skipped the May Feature Alert in June. Consider this one a combination of May and June feature alerts;-) Soooo, we indicated last time that we are going to release a Grand Feature that would include common billing, tasks sharing, components sharing, credentials sharing and role-based access control …

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 …

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 …

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 …