On Tuesday, Salesforce agreed to buy MuleSoft for $6.5 billion, paying a 36 percent premium on the share price, according to CNBC. If the deal goes through, Salesforce, a popular CRM and cloud computing company, will pay a thoroughbred price to acquire MuleSoft’s data integration technology. That’s great news if you believe in a data-inspired future.
As the old saying goes, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” The MuleSoft deal is good for companies like Liaison Technologies because it underscores the value of what we do. As data proliferates and enterprises move toward digital transformation, the demand for ways to efficiently integrate and effectively manage an ever-growing volume of data increases.
Last year, Liaison commissioned a study by the Aberdeen Group, “The Great Middleware Transition,” which found that 84 percent of all middleware will be replaced within the next four years. The MuleSoft acquisition is another proof point of the growing need to replace aging technology with flexible, cloud-based solutions capable of handling today’s integration needs.
MuleSoft and similar do-it-yourself integration platforms are one way for companies to link cloud apps and on-premises middleware (ESB, B2B, MDM, etc.). With the acquisition, Salesforce adds to their resources for developers focused on bringing together data piece by piece.
Liaison takes a different approach. Our game changing ALLOY® Platform , the only unified solution that facilitates both integration and data management on a single platform, was built from the ground up to recognize all patterns of data flowing in from a variety of sources and arriving in a multitude of formats. With Liaison’s unique managed services component, enterprises can free in-house technology professionals from the chore of creating DIY integrations — Liaison’s professionals handle that instead so that our customers can focus on what they do best – driving digital transformation forward.
And with a data compliance and security design that always ensures that the most rigorous standards are applied, Liaison gives customers peace of mind, anticipating regulatory changes and upgrading security and privacy protections to meet today’s requirements while anticipating tomorrow’s challenges. This is another way Liaison’s end-to-end data integration and management solution lets enterprises focus on innovation and digital transformation.
With MuleSoft soon to be a part of Salesforce, the Liaison ALLOY Platform will be one of the few remaining data integration and management platforms that is not affiliated with an enterprise application vendor. Some customers specifically seek the safe haven of integration and data management platforms that aren’t tied to an app vendor in order to keep choice open. These enterprises will increasingly look to neutral data brokers like Liaison.
We’re at a critical turning point in the data-driven economy. Data is the new currency of business, yielding insights that drive innovation. The MuleSoft deal is just the latest validation of data’s growing centrality to enterprise success. It’s good news for all data-centric companies, and as a recognized leader in cloud-based integration and data management solutions, Liaison Technologies is well positioned to help our customers prosper in a data-inspired future.