Study reveals that 84% of all middleware will be replaced in the next four years with a major shift to cloud in support of Digital Transformation
ATLANTA, July 6, 2017 — Liaison Technologies, a recognized leader in cloud-based integration and data management solutions released a report: The Great Middleware Transition, developed in partnership with Aberdeen Group, a leading industry analyst firm. The report examines the state of integration middleware solutions in today’s business environment, which is being disrupted by the rise in the number of cloud applications and data sources. Authored by Research Analyst Michael Caton, and based on comprehensive research conducted by Aberdeen, the report brings important new facts to light on how enterprises are reacting to a change in business strategy as profound as the Industrial Revolution—Digital Transformation. The complimentary report is available here.
Among the report’s most significant findings are:
- 76% of surveyed organizations plan to fully or partially replace their integration middleware platforms.
- 84% of all middleware will be replaced in the next four years.
- Only 30% of those surveyed are considering on-premises solutions.
- 84% of companies surveyed have 50 or more business applications to integrate.
“The numbers we discovered are surprising to see,” said Caton. “IT organizations are about to undertake one of the most dramatic infrastructure shifts we’ve seen in 20 years, and the transition will be to the cloud. This shift makes sense as companies look for greater flexibility, scalability, and predictable cost models.”
The primary driver for IT to shift integration middleware platforms—many of which were introduced more than 20 years ago—to newer cloud-based solutions, is increasing demand for integration between business applications. The survey showed IT organizations feel pressure to keep integration costs down while finding developers with sufficient skills and expertise to handle the growing number of integrations between increasingly disparate applications and data sources.
Many organizations that responded to the survey are leveraging do-it-yourself (DIY) cloud-based approaches such as Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). These approaches empower internal IT and business teams with self-service integration tools. However, the twin burdens of integrating greater numbers of business applications and meeting stringent data compliance requirements, coupled with the scarcity of developer resources, is pushing many enterprises to consider a managed services approach.
To weather the transition successfully, the report finds that companies should also evaluate cloud-based middleware platforms that offer integration as managed services. Nearly half of surveyed organizations cite this as a strategy that can boost internal productivity and relieve integration and data compliance challenges. About a third of business leaders surveyed said outsourcing integration and data management allows them to access resources with specialty skills, and a quarter cited the advantages of leveraging and reusing a managed service provider’s knowledge as a factor in their decisions.
“The report reflects what the market has been telling us; the complexity of on-premises middleware environments, driven by the proliferation of business applications, is leading companies to look for new answers,” said Rob Consoli, Chief Revenue Officer for Liaison Technologies. “Competency with data can make the difference between success and failure today, so companies are seeking ways to integrate and manage the data flowing in from an ever-increasing number of sources. They need the expertise to harmonize this information and ensure that it is secure, compliant, and accessible.”
The Liaison ALLOY™ Platform is uniquely suited to assist with digital transformation, handling all patterns of integration and offering inherent compliance with key industry standards for data privacy and security. The platform’s managed services approach gives users access to hard-to-find developer skills, enabling higher level programming and addressing the growing skills gap in the integration marketplace, while providing access to quality data that drives innovation. The ALLOY Platform consolidates integration and data management functions in a single solution, which improves IT operations for both organizational and budgeting purposes. Find out more at www.liaision.com.
About Liaison Technologies
Liaison Technologies provides integration and data management solutions to help customers unlock the power of a data-centric approach to their business. Liaison’s cloud-based approach breaks down the barriers between data silos to tap into the valuable information needed to make better decisions, faster. Tailored to solve complex data problems today while building a robust foundation for tomorrow’s unforeseen challenges, Liaison fosters a seamless flow of information securely and at scale. Founded in 2000, Liaison serves more than 7,000 customers in 46 countries, with offices in the United States, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Singapore. For more information, visit www.liaison.com and connect with Liaison on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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