|By Hollis Tibbetts||
|March 14, 2012 05:00 AM EDT||
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.
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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