Recently, there has been an expression used by the open source integration community: “good enough” integration. It is a very interesting concept—I have never heard anyone talk about a good enough open-heart surgeon or good enough aircraft maintenance.
Integration is the foundation of your IT infrastructure and it’s what allows you to innovate and differentiate. All interactions with customers, suppliers, and knowledge workers depend on the integration of your business applications. Using a good enough solution for integration can have severe impacts to business, and the hidden costs to make this good enough solution provide the relevant reliability, availability, and scalability will not appear until it is too late.
Build Your Own
A solution that does not provide high availability will require significant investments in clustering software or hardware, or a substantial development effort to adapt the technology to provide high availability. Either approach results in a customized platform that will require significant maintenance, which may be the smallest cost of your good enough integration.
Time to Market
On the other hand, the time tradeoff can be one of the biggest costs. You need to be agile because the longer the time to respond, the smaller the upside of opportunities and the larger the downside of threats. What are the implications of taking too long to bring innovative or differentiating solutions to market? What are the implications if your competitors beat you to market?
A Better Approach
TIBCO provides an integration platform that provides out-of-the-box reliability, availability, and scalability, avoiding expensive hardware/software or even development/maintenance investments. Additionally, TIBCO’s integrated platform includes the following capabilities:
- Real-time event processing
- Data discovery and analytics
- Data quality and consistency
- Business process management
Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, May 13, to learn more about the TIBCO integration platform and the new ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks™ 6.0.