Evolution of distributed computing
I broke into the Information Technology industry in the early 1990s (yes I’m dating myself here). It was a really exciting time because organizations were in the early stages of moving their decades-old mainframe and midrange-based applications to lower-cost Microsoft Windows, Unix, and Linux servers. Over my career, I’ve been witness to a lot of change within the information technology landscape, including the continued evolution of the ‘distributed computing’ model that has led to different architectural styles (e.g. client-server, n-tier), and new types of software (e.g. application servers).
This evolution continues today as emerging cloud-native technologies create applications that are more accessible, scalable, and adaptable and thus, more valuable because overall business agility is increased. Now, many organizations are implementing a hybrid cloud architecture, distributing application functionality within microservices and functions that are hosted within public and private clouds, as well as on edge devices.
Modern hybrid integration platforms for automated decision making, faster operations
As application architectures have evolved, so too have the integration strategies that connect them all together. While older ‘Spoke-and Hub’ and ‘Enterprise Service Bus’ strategies can continue to play a valuable role within certain areas of your information landscape, newer API-led and event-driven approaches embrace hybrid cloud architectures. Modern ‘hybrid integration platforms’ thus implement a wide variety of integration strategies across hybrid cloud environments. When everything is connected everywhere across your organization, you will operate and adapt faster, automate decision making, create game-changing user experiences for your customers, and use data to inspire innovation.
Consult guidance when selecting the right hybrid integration platform
While the opportunities provided by hybrid cloud architectures are compelling, it can be challenging to select the integration approaches and a hybrid integration platform that best meets your unique requirements. That’s why expert guidance provided by independent analyst firms should be a key information source used to validate how to modernize your integration strategy. Their broad understanding of best practices and emerging trends in the market is gained by working closely with many clients as they evolve their strategy and is reflected within the valuable research they publish.
Ovum is one of the world’s largest global research firms, employing over 150 analysts that cover a variety of information technology market segments. Their recently published “Ovum Decision Matrix: Cloud Platforms for Hybrid Integration, 2019-2020”, authored by Saurabh Sharma, Principal Analyst, is a comprehensive research report that outlines the current best practice approaches and recommendations for hybrid integration. It also includes detailed strength and weakness analyses of the top vendors that offer hybrid integration solutions and ranks them based on how they scored across a number of dimensions that focus on the technology of their solutions and their market execution and impact. For the 2019-2020 report, TIBCO has been placed in the “Market Leader” category for hybrid integration by Ovum.
This report is available to Ovum clients to download as part of their subscription. However, for a limited time, TIBCO offers you an abridged copy to download at no cost or obligation, to help you evolve your integration strategy and understand Ovum’s analysis of TIBCO’s hybrid integration capabilities. And you can also try TIBCO Cloud Integration, our cloud platform for hybrid integration, for 30 days at no charge to get started on your integration strategy.
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously stated that “change is the only constant in life.” The same can certainly be said about information technology. But you can embrace this change and reap its benefits by partnering with leaders that offer practical guidance and proven solutions. And for a limited time, you can get them for free.