Digital business has unleashed more applications, data, devices, services and APIs that IT needs to integrate and manage if it’s going to help the business swiftly achieve strategic objectives.
That’s driving demand for a unified cloud platform for hybrid integration with multi-purpose functionality that can handle diverse requirements. Those capabilities include data and application integration, API management and EDI (electronic data interchange) for trading partner transactions.
That trend has unfolded over the past four years, as Ovum, a global IT research and consulting firm, notes in its new report, "Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Cloud Platform for Hybrid Integration Vendor, 2019–20," an in-depth evaluation of 11 integration vendors.
In its study, Ovum ranks Boomi, a Dell Technologies business, as a “market leader” among 11 integration vendors evaluated. Boomi scored the highest marks in categories of 1) cloud integration/iPaaS and 2) scalability and enterprise fit, and ranked highly in other categories.
“Boomi has expanded the capabilities of its iPaaS to support a range of hybrid integration requirements beyond on-premise and SaaS application and data integration,” Ovum says. “It is impressive to see how Boomi’s integration platform has expanded from iPaaS and API-led integration to cover B2B/EDI integration and simple file transfer use cases.”
In effect, Boomi’s unified platform equips organizations to address increasingly complex integration and connectivity scenarios as they revamp enterprise integration strategies to pursue digital transformation and increase business agility.
As Ovum notes in its report:
In recent years, we’ve focused on building out our platform with robust capabilities to address growing needs for low-code, cloud-native integration, API management and B2B/EDI management, as well as workflow automation development and master data management.
We view Ovum’s "leader" rank for Boomi as a clear validation of our strategic evolution — as is rapid growth in our customer base, to more than 9,000 organizations, and our partners, at more than 580.
“On a comparative basis, Boomi offers a good feature-price value for enterprises of all sizes," Ovum says. “This is evident from its joint highest score for the ‘Scalability and enterprise fit’ criteria group.”
Ovum’s study also highlights other characteristics that distinguish Boomi in the hybrid integration market:
Market-leading capabilities in a hybrid integration platform are essential for IT leaders to meet integration challenges in our digital business age more quickly, easily and confidently.
“IT continues to struggle to meet new application and data integration requirements driven by digitalization and changing customer expectations,” Ovum’s report says. "Line-of-business (LOB) leaders are no longer willing to wait for months for the delivery of integration capabilities that are mission critical for specific business initiatives.”
Those struggles and business pressures are fueling rapid rise in cloud platforms for hybrid integration. Ovum analysts predict:
“Integration is the lifeblood of today’s digital economy,” Ovum states. “IT leaders realize the significant benefits cloud platforms for hybrid integration bring to the table in terms of greater agility in responding to business requirements and cost savings.”
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