Scribe sees Gartner’s March 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Worldwide as another indication of the strong demand for cloud-based integration solutions. As Gartner states in the report, “Many thousands of user organizations have adopted an iPaaS over the past 12 months. In this time frame, Gartner analysts have recorded a spectacular growth in iPaaS interest, adoption and popularity, which Gartner anticipates will continue over the next two to three years, although maybe at a slower pace.”
Scribe believes this is an indication that Gartner’s message that IT should work in a bimodal manner is resonating. Gartner gives us a definition of bimodal IT when it states, “A bimodal capability is the marriage of two distinct, but coherent approaches to creating and delivering business change:
- Mode 1 is a linear approach to change, emphasizing predictability, accuracy, reliability and stability.
- Mode 2 is a nonlinear approach that involves learning through iteration, emphasizing agility and speed and, above all, the ability to manage uncertainty.”1
For example, an iPaaS such as Scribe Online is a Mode 2 solution, often used on projects where time to market is critical and ongoing innovation and change is expected (See State of Colorado, Office of Early Childhood press release for an example).
Describing why even organizations with integration solutions in hand are adopting iPaaS, Gartner states, “For many, the reality of cloud is here. Application portfolios are hybrid, with many organizations having to integrate between these diverse endpoints. While some organizations with existing integration skills are finding that their established on-premises integration practices can be used to integrate with SaaS applications, many more are finding that their existing approaches are just not delivering fast enough to meet these new challenges.”2 From Scribe’s own experiences, it’s clear that integration unlocks the value of data and applications for enterprises and SaaS providers alike. Now that application deployment time has been reduced to zero with credit card purchases of cloud applications, speeding up integration projects is a top priority for many enterprises.
It also seems clear to us from the report that the bread and butter of iPaaS use continues to be application-to-application integration (e.g., integrate Salesforce and NetSuite or Dynamics CRM and HubSpot) or data integration for aggregation and analytics, but the number of organizations using an iPaaS for internet of things (IoT) integration, mobile application integration and other use cases is expanding. iPaaS seems well on its way to becoming a mainstay in the enterprise application and data integration infrastructure. For large enterprises it provides a rapid, low-cost integration option and for small-to-medium sized businesses it provides necessary integration power, but in an easy-to-use and maintain integration solution.
As Shawn McGowan, CEO of Scribe Software, said in our recent press release. “When taken together, we believe our rapid customer growth over the last year and continued inclusion in this report are clear validation of the quick time-to-value and ease-of-use our iPaaS provides. Our mission remains the same: to empower enterprises, systems integrators and SaaS providers with the integration tools they need to get work done.”
As you explore where and how you will use iPaaS to improve your data flow and application landscape, you may find these white papers valuable: How Scribe Online Works, When to Use iPaaS and What is iPaaS and Why do You Need One Now?
1 Gartner, “How to Achieve Enterprise Agility With a Bimodal Capability,” Simon Mingay and Mary Mesaglio, April 2015, refreshed September, 2016.
2 Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service,” 30 March 2017
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