What a pivotal year it’s been for the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) market!
Today, improving customer centricity, driving new innovative applications and systems to market, or optimizing supply chains to meet new digital demands have become so critical to many organizations’ growth. These changes are also requiring every member of the organization to become more intelligent and literate about their data; it’s no wonder data (both analytical and operational) continues to be at the center of every strategic initiative.
This exponential demand has brought about some innovative changes to the enterprise. We’ve seen the transformation of what used to be shadow IT into new, agile business units: IT departments driving traditional analysts, application developers, and even SaaS administrators to expand their focus to include integration. It’s become part of their daily life and critical to their success.
According to Gartner, “An enterprise iPaaS (EiPaaS) is a suite of integration platform as a service (iPaaS) technologies. An iPaaS provides capabilities to enable subscribers (also known as “tenants”) to implement integration projects involving any combination of cloud-resident and on-premises endpoints, including APIs, mobile devices and the Internet of Things (IoT). This is achieved by developing, deploying, executing, managing and monitoring integration processes and flows that connect multiple endpoints, so that they can work together.”
It’s no wonder we’ve seen our iPaaS capabilities consumed faster than any integration technology that we can remember. Most recently we’ve reported over 130% YoY growth of our cloud business.
This growth speaks volumes to the importance integration and iPaaS has for organizations. We’re extremely proud of our recognition as a Challenger in this year’s 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, as we believe it validates our continued commitment to our customers’ success and demonstrates our ability to execute with the right iPaaS product for the market today. Through that involvement, we see amazing potential to not only evolve how Talend helps organizations with their integration needs, but also the needs of the overall market.
Trust is a very powerful word
One of the areas that you’ve heard us talk a lot about is trust. Trust is a very powerful word. Imagine the impact when you can say with confidence that you trust the information flowing through your business, whether it’s the data within your reports or the operational events and messages that propagate through your applications and real-time systems.
Talking about the subject makes me chuckle because we’re an integration company, solving the same data challenges internally that many of our customers face. Just the other day we prevented a potential issue where bad data entered through one application and almost propagated through our entire sales and marketing cloud.
What could have created a month-long cleaning process was caught because we had put the proper steps in place for this typical application integration. Placing these types of governance and quality controls throughout the process is essential. Bad data in just one application can and will explode across the business, infecting every other system it touches.
That’s why built-in, automated data quality features like those in Talend Data Fabric are so critical to the success of a data-driven organization; one that requires the iPaaS’s fundamental flexibility while also preventing bad data from proliferating across the systems it connects.
We know many are faced with the same challenges, which is why we believe it’s so important to enable your team with the full scope of an iPaaS’s capabilities, including data quality – it’s why you see Talend focusing on our Trust Score.
Integrate and innovate with your cloud environments
We’re also seeing an ever-growing shift to cloud-based computing and customers who expect an iPaaS capable of integration across on-premises, hybrid, and multi-cloud deployments, natively.
There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t see a CIO announcing they’re ALL IN on Azure, AWS, or Google, and with many legacy iPaaS solutions limiting what can be run in their hosted environment, we often see prospects taking on significant technical debt from their vendors because they have a propriety approach instead of using an existing cloud equivalent. For many of our customers, their iPaaS solution not only democratizes integration, but maximizes the larger cloud investment! In this regard, not all iPaaS solutions are created equal.
For Talend, this means making our solution complementary to organizations’ existing cloud infrastructures and architectures. Instead of requiring the use of proprietary infrastructure, Talend makes it possible for organizations to maximize current investments by leveraging the infrastructure and runtimes already available from their cloud providers. This allows Talend Data Fabric to provide the requisite iPaaS benefits like simplified development and collaborative capabilities, executed in an organization’s existing cloud environment without additional complications.
In fact, this capability is what led customers like AstraZeneca to choose Talend in the first place. “We selected Talend for AWS connectivity, flexibility, and its licensing model,” says Andy McPhee, data engineering director at AstraZeneca. “We also valued the ability to scale rapidly without incurring extra costs from AWS or Talend.” We respect the choices our customers have made for their infrastructure and help them maximize on their cloud investments. Today, Talend is the only vendor/iPaaS solution with this model.
Customers also tell us our cloud model can help accelerate innovation. They do not need to worry about an iPaaS provider’s next release before moving ahead with their own business initiatives. Because Talend can run natively and does not require proprietary technology, organizations are not affected by vendor restrictions and can instead focus on their own innovation phase. Companies can take Talend, quickly deploy it in their cloud of choice, and succeed.
This is what we mean when we say that Talend is cloud-native. We help our customers enjoy the benefits of cloud scale and cost savings without the headaches of propriety software. The legacy approach of “always on“ and “always charged” no longer applies.
Trusting the information that flows through the business and maximizing the investment being made on cloud are two areas that we’re most excited to continue to support with our customers, but that’s just the beginning. As we mentioned earlier, there’s a whole new class of integrators within organizations, and how integration platforms support their needs is critically important.
For Talend, we believe that enabling intelligence within the platform to simplify integration and quality needs to the point of autonomous integration is a core foundation of our roadmap. You’re starting to see some of this with the addition of Magic Fill within Data Preparation and enhancements we’ve made to Pipeline Designer. We look forward to the future releases in support of this effort, and our continued support of our iPaaS use cases and customers. It’s an exciting time for integration, and we invite you to join us on our path forward.
To read more about Gartner’s report of the enterprise iPaaS landscape, subscribers may visit their website to download the full report.
Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service,” Eric Thoo, Massimo Pezzini, Keith Guttridge, Bindi Bhullar, Shameen Pillai, Abhishek Singh, September 21, 2020
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