Talend v5: Democratizing Holistic Integration

December 01, 2011 --

It’s been one year since Talend finalized the acquisition of Sopera, starting a deep transformation of our product portfolio – transformation that culminates this week with the release of Talend v5, a holistic integration platform for the enterprise.

What do we mean by “holistic”?  The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the adjective as: "relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts - [for example:] holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body; holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system."

Frankly, IT often uses loosely some terms from the general corpus. But in this case, holistic does the trick. Holistic integration, as defined here, brings together all enterprise integration needs, including data, applications and business processes, as a complete system as opposed to disjointed technologies.

The promise of Talend v5 is to enable IT organizations to converge traditionally disparate integration efforts and practices through a common set of products, tools and best practices. When an organization deploys Talend v5, it will deploy essentially one platform, regardless of the integration need: data integration, application integration, process integration.

The platform approach does not mean that Talend v5 is bloatware (see, an IT word that does not really exist…). Each product within the platform remains best of breed and will also work independently of the others. For example, customers who only need an ETL for BI, or simply an ESB, will of course not need to deploy the entire platform, but just Talend Integration Suite or Talend ESB (for example).

This deep transformation has of course not altered Talend’s DNA. Talend was founded on the promise to democratize integration: make enterprise grade technologies available to all organizations through an open source development and go-to-market strategy.  This has not changed.  The underlying open source foundation of Talend’s products remains strong as ever, and can be downloaded freely.

Furthermore, the enterprise products, built around the Talend Unified Platform foundation, will continue to be priced very aggressively compared to proprietary vendors, while offering superior feature sets.

This is what we mean when we say we are democratizing holistic integration.