The IT industry is nothing if not fast-moving. Just when you think a certain technology is essential, there is another wave of innovation that comes along to either complement the original technology or replace it altogether. Innovation was on display this week in The Forester WaveTM: iPaaS for Dynamic Integration, Q3 2016 as Forrester’s lead data integration analyst, Henry Peyret, evaluated integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offerings/vendors and named Scribe a Leader (read Scribe’s press release). The report emphasizes the revolution that is taking place in data and application integration software today. Forester mentions that many companies, especially larger organizations, invested heavily in enterprise service bus (ESB) products to help them integrate applications using a service oriented architecture (SOA). But now and for the foreseeable future, technology innovation is centered around agility, pursuing improvements that will help you ramp up/ramp down applications and analytics in the blink of an eye, make decisions faster, make information more readily available, and uncover insights on your behalf. With agility as a prime goal, an earlier ESB investment “often doesn’t support applications in the cloud, convergence of data and applications (being application-oriented), and dynamic integration needs.”
Forrester presents iPaaS as one of the next-generation forms of integration technology. As Forrester states, iPaaS addresses companies that “need to ease integration with cloud-based solutions, avoid custom code, and improve agility while reducing the need for specialized integration skills.” This finding is in line with the opinion of other iPaaS analysts from Gartner (see Scribe’s press release on the iPaaS Magic Quadrant report that was issued earlier this year).
What’s new in Forrester’s analysis is the view of enterprise architects and other senior IT leaders that iPaaS has matured significantly. “Integration tooling technology is now mature,” Forrester declares. “Customer references reflect this maturity,” Forrester continues. Certainly, Scribe Online has matured since its initial release in April 2011. That is reflected in Forrester’s detailed comparison of Scribe to other significant iPaaS products/vendors. Scribe received top rankings on the dimensions of time to value, connectivity for both cloud and on-premises applications, and management functions (including lifecycle and runtime management capabilities). So it’s important that products not only make it easy to connect applications, but now must also lower long-term maintenance costs and deliver immediate and long-term value. This review of Scribe comes after another recent review from Gartner, in which the analysts also highlighted the speed with which Scribe’s customers derive value which is tied closely to the ease of use of the platform and the ability for both business analysts and developers to get nearly instantaneous value from Scribe.
So iPaaS maturing and here to stay. Now that it is clearly gaining a foothold as a proven technology, the question is how fast it will become the “go to” solution for enterprise architects and CIOs that want to bring greater agility to their data and application integration efforts.