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Application integration software: A buyer's guide

There are three categories of application integration tools and a host of products in each category. This guide helps you determine your business needs and identify which category and product is right for your company.


In a time when information transactions, both internal and external, are becoming exponentially more complex, application integration has never been more important. The need for faster and more accurate data has become essential in the mobile-driven economy that expects immediate results. Slow or wrong information can disrupt a small business transaction, ruin a customer's experience or interrupt product development. In the end, it could drastically affect the bottom line.

Application integration software, in its many iterations, is designed to make a clear, efficient path for information to travel from application to application. With so many different categories of application integration tools and so many options within those categories, selecting the right tool for your enterprise can be a daunting task. This buyer's guide helps you assess your enterprise's IT needs and find the right application integration software that can best meet those needs.

Before diving into the selection process, this guide presents a quick definition of application integration, and how it has changed throughout the years. What was once a simple one-way street for information to travel has now become a complex interstate highway system as data travels to and from applications. Add to that cloud computing and the number of ways an application can be deployed makes that highway system even thornier.

Determining your need for application integration software is easy. If you have many applications and those applications have many components, then you need application integration software. Determining which type of tool you need is the hard part. This guide will help you make that choice and then present different key products within each category. Because there are different types of products and different products for different business scenarios, we've created in-depth looks at all of those top products in the app integration market, to help you drill down and see which product is right for your enterprise.

1What is?-

The state of application integration today

This section provides a quick primer on application integration and then discusses the elements that are shaping it, such as componentization, cloud computing and Agile methodology.


Understanding application integration architecture

Tom Nolle shows how enterprise architecture, componentization, evolving development processes and the cloud have changed application integration architecture. Continue Reading


Application integration software continues to evolve

From the need for more data and faster response times, to the advent of mobile and cloud, application integration software and architecture has changed dramatically. Continue Reading

2Do I need?-

A set of questions to ask if you think you need application integration

The move to cloud computing, a drive to be agile, and componentization are all trends affecting companies and delineate the importance of application integration. This section asks you questions to help you assess if you need application integration software and how badly you need it.


When do you need an application integration strategy?

In this article, Tom Nolle explores the many needs a company has to justify an application integration strategy and software purchase. Continue Reading

3How to buy-

What to look for when buying application integration tools

Buying application integration tools requires not only a good look at the tool vendors but also a good look at your own enterprise. Every business has its own unique applications and business needs. Knowing what those needs are helps you decide which category of application integration tools your company will most likely need.


Buying application integration tools can be a balancing act

Buying application integration tools requires a good look at your company's needs and knowing which key features to look for in a vendor. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy?-

Choosing among app integration products

This section explores the many different types of application integration products that could be a good fit for your enterprise. Middleware suites offer unified collections of tools that could resolve many issues that besiege larger companies. Enterprises that don't need middleware or middleware is not financially feasible can piece together their own architecture with message/service buses, directory and interface integration and object brokers or deployment and operations integration tools.


Your key products for enterprise application integration

Tom Nolle helps you determine which EAI software product is most appropriate for your company. Continue Reading

5EAI product overviews-

The top EAI products

Choosing the right application integration product can mean the difference between the success or failure of your IT projects and systems.


Boomi AtomSphere delivers range of integration capabilities

Boomi AtomSphere supports cloud-to-cloud, on-premises-to-on-premises, SaaS-to-SaaS and B2B integration while offering enterprises real-time, scalable application integration. Continue Reading


Exploring IBM API Management, middleware for app integration

IBM API Management, in the cloud or on premises, is application integration middleware that allows developers to subscribe to, publish, design, control and secure APIs. Continue Reading


Oracle Integration Cloud Service crucial to Oracle AI suite

Oracle offers a hybrid application platform that targets enterprises of all sizes. API Manager, SOA and Oracle Integration Cloud Service comprise the application integration suite. Continue Reading


Connect applications with open source ESB JBoss Fuse

Deployed in the cloud or on premises, Red Hat's open source ESB, JBoss Fuse, allows companies to connect apps to improve business processes and operations. Continue Reading


MuleSoft Anypoint platform grows data and app integration

Open source-based and loaded with a plethora of out-of-the-box connectors, the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform lets enterprises integrate data and apps in the cloud and on premises. Continue Reading


For data-oriented app integration, look toward Talend ESB

Talend application integration editions -- Talend ESB and Open Studio for ESB -- offer enterprises data-focused application integration tools. Continue Reading


Manage complex apps with TIBCO ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks

Running on Windows, Mac or UNIX, ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks can be used by organizations of all sizes to manage complex apps and unify business processes. Continue Reading


A look at Micro Focus' CORBA offerings Orbix and VisiBroker

Micro Focus' CORBA portfolio includes Orbix and VisiBroker, two application integration tools that help manage applications from various sources with diverse components. Continue Reading


AWS OpsWorks delivers robust application management tool

AWS OpsWorks, a cloud deployment and operations tool, lets enterprises manage apps within the public cloud and private data centers. Continue Reading


Easy-to-use deployment automation tool from Automic Software

Developed for the enterprise, Automic Release Automation from Automic Software provides enterprises easy deployment automation, with no-code modeling capabilities. Continue Reading


Cook up application stacks with Chef's deployment automation

By storing recipes and creating cookbooks with Chef Server, Chef's deployment automation platform allows businesses to create, manage and deploy application stacks. Continue Reading


Sync deployment automation with IBM Cloud Orchestrator

Look under the hood of IBM Cloud Orchestrator, which enables the deployment automation of data center resources, business processes and cloud services. Continue Reading


Puppet Enterprise offers declarative approach to automation

Puppet Enterprise allows organizations to update integration environments with a declarative approach to IT automation. The latest version features DevOps management tools. Continue Reading

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