The Integrator’s Dilemma

“The dilemma for enterprise IT organizations is that their legacy integration technologies were built before the era of big data, social, mobile and cloud computing and simply can’t keep up.”

- Gaurav Dhillon, founder and CEO, SnapLogic

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Because Buses and Bulldozers Don’t Fly!

Legacy middleware technologies were conceptualized and built in the 1990s and were not designed to handle an IT ecosystem that expands beyond traditional confines of the firewall. Either built for moving large data sets in scheduled batches (ETL) or moving small volumes of data in real-time (EAI), neither technology is well-suited for this new world for unstructured information. Organizations need a single platform that can handle both real-time and batch-oriented use cases that is built from the ground up for the cloud, social mobile and big data era.

An on-premises enterprise service bus (ESB) or single tenant hosted versions of a legacy vendors on-prem software typically communicates only via XML and SOAP. Modern cloud integration technologies can work with these formats and protocols and are built from the ground up to take advantage of JSON and REST. Instead of brittle and code-intensive adapters, modern cloud integration platforms abstract endpoint complexity and deliver pre-built intelligent connectors for SaaS applications and on-prem systems.

Read the whitepaper: Why Buses Don’t Fly – Thoughts on ESBs in the Cloud.

Legacy extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) technologies were designed to move large batches of structure data – rows and columns. While optimal for initial migrations and periodic data loading requirements, customers inevitably want both real-time and batch application and data integrations. Modern cloud integration platforms go beyond data loading and point-to-point use cases and power the hybrid IT reality with event-based orchestration and support for big data integration bulk loading and data transformation for analytics.

Whitepaper: The Integrator’s Dilemma

Rethink application and data integration in the era of Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media and Mobile Computing

Drawing parallels with the hugely popular book “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” the Integrator’s Dilemma is faced by enterprise IT organizations as their legacy integration technologies fail to run at cloud speed.

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SnapLogic versus traditional ETL technology
SnapLogic versus traditional ESB technology

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