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The Build vs. Buy Debate for Integration Continues...

Is building your own integration stack a crazy idea?

The build vs. buy debate for integration software (both data and application integration) continues - it's one of those debates that's been going on for longer than most of us have been alive. Robin Smith from Virtual Logistics grills Hollis Tibbetts on this topic in IntegrationTV's Episode Six.

Build vs. Buy for SaaS and Cloud Integration
I had a great phone conversation with (SaaS Integration pioneer) Boomi founder Rick Nucci about a month ago on the build vs. buy topic - specifically why some continue to believe that building their own integration middleware stack is a good idea, despite the mountains of evidence that it makes no sense to do so.  For the most part, nobody today thinks about building their own Relational Database (I remember when that was not the case) - yet people persist in wanting to build their own integration stacks.

This conversation with Rick, in conjunction with an generous offer from Robin Smith at Virtual Logistics, the sponsor of IntegrationTV lead me to do an interview on the topic of Build vs. Buy.

IntegrationTV is a site that focuses on relevant and valuable integration topics.I particularly like they way they package up the interviews along with carefully chosen supporting documents - and how you can access the interviews without having to enter a bunch of data into some form.

Upcoming Articles on SaaS and Cloud Integration
I plan to do more writing on various aspects of build vs. buy (I've already written a general article on the topic - rather controversially entitled "Building Integration Yourself - Possibly the Dumbest Idea You've Had in a Long Time").

I speak with various ISVs on a regular basis, and many of them are under the impression that exposing interfaces (typically REST or SOAP) is an integration strategy...something I strongly contest. So stay tuned for an upcoming article on that topic.

Also, I've been seeing a lot of "Cloud-Washing" out there - Integration software vendors who have been touting their products as SaaS or Cloud Integration platforms - when their products are, in fact, old on-premises technology comb-overs.  An article on how to tell a true cloud/SaaS Integration Platform from a technology comb-over is in the works.

Finally, some SaaS ISV application providers have truly embraced the concept of integration as a strategic imperative.  I've written at length (in the abstract) about why SaaS ISV's need to provide built-in integration - for example, "Software Vendors - Integrate or Else".  I plan to write more on some specific software vendors that really "get it".

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Hollis Tibbetts, or @SoftwareHollis as his 50,000+ followers know him on Twitter, is listed on various “top 100 expert lists” for a variety of topics – ranging from Cloud to Technology Marketing, Hollis is by day Evangelist & Software Technology Director at Dell Software. By night and weekends he is a commentator, speaker and all-round communicator about Software, Data and Cloud in their myriad aspects. You can also reach Hollis on LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/SoftwareHollis. His latest online venture is OnlineBackupNews - a free reference site to help organizations protect their data, applications and systems from threats. Every year IT Downtime Costs $26.5 Billion In Lost Revenue. Even with such high costs, 56% of enterprises in North America and 30% in Europe don’t have a good disaster recovery plan. Online Backup News aims to make sure you all have the news and tips needed to keep your IT Costs down and your information safe by providing best practices, technology insights, strategies, real-world examples and various tips and techniques from a variety of industry experts.

Hollis is a regularly featured blogger at ebizQ, a venue focused on enterprise technologies, with over 100,000 subscribers. He is also an author on Social Media Today "The World's Best Thinkers on Social Media", and maintains a blog focused on protecting data: Online Backup News.
He tweets actively as @SoftwareHollis

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