Is Your Integration Vendor Unbiased?

Why neutrality matters for a true pervasive integration platform

Integration solutions have evolved beyond simply connecting monolithic systems. They have become the pervasive connective tissue that binds modern applications via APIs and microservices. This advancement is key to enabling digital transformation and business agility across your enterprise.

And with such an important role, it is critical that your integration platform vendor has no motive other than building and supporting solutions that connect to the widest possible range of systems and data sources, wherever they may be.

Neutrality Matters

If your integration platform comes from a company whose heritage and experience is not based on integration—but rather business applications, infrastructure services, or operating systems—they are likely not neutral or unbiased about building a best-in-class integration solution. This lack of neutrality will ultimately impact your organization’s ability to support broad-based connectivity and hinder your ability to establish a pervasive integration strategy.

Beware of Hidden Agendas

Application vendors in particular often have an agenda that serves their primary interest of selling more application software, which is a natural outcome of a long-term, cultural focus on a specific mission. This means integration has to play a supporting role to that primary interest. For these vendors, building an integration platform that helps data move freely among all applications (including their competitors’) is a conflict of interest. Rather than putting your very crucial integration needs first, their roadmap is driven by their interest in keeping your data within their system of record. That’s a bias that can hurt you.

Avoid Data Lock-in

Using an integration platform that only runs in a vendor’s environment limits where you can run your integration apps and creates unnecessary risk for your business. These vendors are unlikely to support multi-cloud strategies, true portability, or solutions optimized for emerging use cases such as edge computing. Such limitations are counter-productive in today’s heterogeneous computing environments.

Choose Unbiased Integration

To truly enable digital transformation, you need a platform modern and flexible enough to connect all systems and applications, and all data from CRM to financial and beyond. Your integration platform needs to support development of new applications and microservices, and offer solutions that enable everyone in your organization, from developers to business users, to participate in digital transformation.

Unless a vendor focuses specifically on delivering these pervasive integration capabilities, they put your digital strategy at risk. These vendors are like Trojan horses: appealing on the surface, but containing hidden agendas and limitations that can keep you from attaining your digital business goals.

See how TIBCO has remained at the forefront of innovation with unbiased, market-leading technology that enables thousands of customers to chart the path to successful digital transformation.

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