TIBCO Looks to Democratize Integration

Michael Vizard, October 21st, 2013

With the democratization of integration the number and types of people trying to share date between applications has grown considerably. In addition to developers, everyone from business analysts to power uses is trying to pull together disparate piece of data in order to highlight some greater truth.

At its TUCON 2013 conference last week TIBCO Software unveiled a range of new data integration offerings including a forthcoming Project Austin cloud services that leverage APIs in a way that allows end users to invoke a TIBCO cloud service to integrate data to the release of TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks Express, a lighter weight version of TIBCO’s business process integration software that is aimed at developers.

In both cases TIBCO CTO Matt Quinn says there is a need to make integration software more accessible. Project Austin is designed to meet the needs of power users that want to use a simple software-as-a-service (SaaS) application in the cloud to integrate data without any intervention from IT. As such, TIBCO has come up with a series of pre-configured containers leveraging underlying APIs that an end user can simply invoke.

In the case of TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks Express the goal is make TIBCO middleware more accessible to small-to-medium (SMB) organizations that only need to leverage a subset of the TIBCO middleware stack.

Rather than thinking in terms of integration being the province of highly trained specialists, Quinn says we’re entering an era where integration is at the center of everything IT. That means instead of layering integration onto applications the assumption should be that integration in some form of a service is always going to be available.

Quinn says whether that form is in the latest offerings from TIBCO; the company’s API management platform launched earlier this month, the recently unveiled Cloud Bus or enterprise service bus (ESB) software running on premise depends wholly on the performance attributes and complexity of the applications involved. In fact, Quinn says the integration approach is just as likely to be dictated by the maturity of the organization as the technology.

What is changing, adds Quinn, is that the complexity surrounding applications has never been greater, we’ve stepped up our game. With the rise of software-as-a-service and Big Data Quinn contends that every business is going to need access to an ESB in one form or another.

After all, regardless of the methodology used, says Quinn, data big or small only really has value when it can be easily shared with something else.

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