The decision-making process of selecting a data integration technology vendor is often an arduous task. Top challenges for the project team tasked with making this selection include:
- Identifying criteria important to your company to select a vendor
- Adding feature/function/capabilities requirements to the selection criteria
- Gathering and validating information from several vendors
- Justifying the eventual selection for stakeholders
If you’re in the market for a data integration platform, you’re in luck. Forrester’s report on integration platforms, Now Tech: iPaaS and Hybrid Integration Platforms, Q3 2018, written by Principal Analyst Henry Peyret, can help project teams get a head start. The key takeaways from the report are how organizations can improve digital transformation with integration platforms, select vendors based on size and functionality, and consider investment in integration platforms as strategic.
Forrester has intelligently segmented the platform offerings into three segments:
- iPaaS for dynamic integration: This segment provides the main capabilities for integration in a single offering, mainly via cloud delivery.
- Strategic iPaaS: This segment solves more complex integration scenarios than the previous category and includes some B2B integration, IoT integration, and connectors to on-premises applications.
- Hybrid Integration Platform: This category represents the mandatory integration solution for large enterprises renewing their strategic integration architecture as a complement to API management, B2B integration, and IoT integration.
Forrester also provides a comprehensive list of 30 vendors in this space and attributed their capabilities to the three categories above. Liaison Technologies is honored to be categorized as both a strategic iPaaS and a hybrid integration platform, which we believe is a testament to the impressive capabilities of our ALLOY® platform. Be sure to read our press release to learn more.
So, what is the right segment for your organization?
Let’s look at a few of our own examples:
Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services (CCBSS) Company
CCBSS was looking for a modern architecture for their supply chain operations to enhance the experience for their stakeholders and move away from a do-it-yourself strategy for connecting legacy technologies to cloud-based services. The hybrid integration platform capabilities of the Liaison ALLOY Platform led to a strategic choice for CCBSS to significantly reduce onboarding time, make change requests more visible, and facilitate faster project completion for key integrations. You can read more about it here.
Merck & Co. Inc
As Merck’s external alliances and business processes extended the reach of the company in all directions, the complexity and importance of electronic communication also increased. The pace of new alliances was so fast and mission critical that the Merck IT staff often had very little lead time to set up secure exchanges with a diverse set of partners. On one hand, they must manage data exchanges to the technical specifications of large partners such as Walmart; on the other hand, they must work with small specialty research firms with no technical support staff and little in the way of business-to-business technology infrastructure. Merck selected Liaison’s ALLOY Platform as their strategic iPaaS to solve complex B2B integration scenarios. The case study is available here.
A New York Charter School
This charter school provides educational materials and systems in support of more than 15,000 students in 46 schools across New York. They are on a massive-scaling mission with a goal to change the world of education. They selected the Liaison ALLOY Platform for its hybrid integration platform capabilities to integrate multiple applications and systems (as an alternative to using DIY tools and processes), to accommodate larger volumes of data as enrollment grows, and to provide a data integration platform that scales in parallel with their growth needs.
To read more of Forrester’s recommendations and insights for Enterprise Architecture pros on selecting integration technology solutions, download the complete Forrester Now Tech: iPaaS and Hybrid Integration Platforms, Q3 2018 report.
Learn more about the Liaison ALLOY Platform.