For the third year in a row, Scribe has been selected to be one of the few vendors profiled in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). Download the full report from our website to see Gartner’s assessment of the market and of Scribe. This year, Scribe has been named a Challenger, which we believe is largely because of our continued customer growth and expansion in this fast-growing market. What’s even more interesting to me, however, is how the iPaaS market as a whole has evolved over those three years.
In 2016 when Scribe was first included in the Gartner report, the iPaaS market was still emerging from a “cloud” of wonder. Scribe’s iPaaS, for instance, was introduced back in 2011 and initially had just data replication capability. As Gartner analyst Massimo Pezzini wrote in a report late last year (source: Technology Insight: Enterprise Integration PaaS, 12 December 2017), initial applications of iPaaS were limited and iPaaS was originally viewed as “a point solution to ‘quick fix’ SaaS integration needs.” “Quick” is the most important word in that observation. iPaaS has always been about speed and accelerating integration projects so that they could keep pace with fast-changing SaaS applications and fast-moving business needs.
Today, speed is still the most important characteristic of an iPaaS solution. An iPaaS can reduce development time by 80% compared to coding or traditional platforms, plus it can reduce the time and effort needed to make changes, thereby improving organizational agility. But speed is no longer the only reason that people are using iPaaS. Massimo noted in that same report that “iPaaS offerings have evolved into versatile, enterprise-class platforms that are able to address a wide variety of use cases (including to support the integration of cloud and on-premises application and data; ecosystems; mobile; Internet of Things [IoT] and AI-enabled systems).” He goes on to express that the growth of iPaaS use is being propelled by the fact that integration technology is a “digital transformation enabler” and that the need for integration has become more pervasive in the enterprise.
This expanded use can be seen in Scribe’s customer base as well as the applications that Scribe now supports. Scribe’s platform can support not just CRM and ERP systems, but it can cover the entire enterprise with support for pervasive protocols such as REST, big data databases (e.g, Apache HBase) and application connectors to all corners of the enterprise such as e-commerce (e.g., Magento) and service (e.g., ServiceNow).
It’s fascinating to watch technology, such as iPaaS, mature. iPaaS has evolved in a very short period of time to be viewed as an approachable “do it all” integration platform for mid-sized businesses that may not have integration technology or skills in place and as a “must have” strategic addition to large organizations that need to become more nimble, but already have productive investments in traditional integration solutions such as on-premise data integration tools and an enterprise service bus. What comes next? Stay tuned!