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Poor Interoperability Will Slow the IoT

At least half of the expected real economic value of the IoT will come from interoperability – connecting devices to each other and external systems. But interoperability in the IoT is costly and complex. Standards efforts are nascent and confusing. The pace of innovations is outrunning the ability to connect the devices.

Plus, the IoT is perhaps the most hyped technology trend in the last decade. Its promise touches almost every aspect of human existence. From smart factories to smart cities, connected devices are changing the way enterprises and governments operate and provide services. But something stands in the way of the IoT reaching its full potential: reality. The reality is a web of poorly connected sensors feeding data streams in unprecedented volumes and variety into systems that are unable to process adequately.

While it is easy to blame the providers, success in IoT interoperability goes beyond the IT Master Brands working together. The age-old position that competitive advantage comes from proprietary technologies is passé. Instead, the winners will be providers who flexibly support needed enterprise transactions required by business constituents. And successful enterprises will engage those providers and tackle interoperability head-on to address business requirements. Collaborative pilot projects are cropping up to show how the IoT can address specific applications. Continue reading Poor Interoperability Will Slow the IoT

iPaaS, MDM, and API Management Solidify Dell Boomi Platform

Dell has just announced an expansion of its Boomi line which broadens its platform from its integration (iPaaS) and Master Data Management (MDM) center, out to include a complete API creation and management suite. The new suite enables both developers and savvy business users the ability to create, modify, publish, and monitor both SOAP and REST APIs.

While Dell is not the first to bring integration and API Management together, they are the first to bring MDM into the mix – and this combination is likely to prove very powerful, as shifts in IT overall are pushing more and more toward loosely-coupled data as well as services.  As we wrote in July 2014 in our Lens360 post, Master Data Management and the Internet of Things:

As the Internet of Things grows, and the complexity of systems dependent on sensor data continues to increase, we see major opportunity for IT to add new value through Master Data Management (MDM) programs. While recently the focus of MDM has often been in maintaining a single view of the customer across multiple cloud and on premises systems (such as CRM, order management, ecommerce, mobile, etc), we expect that the challenges in maintaining context around sensor data to be a primary driver of new MDM initiatives going forward.

It is clear now that the opportunity for MDM is beyond any one category of data, whether it be sales, HR, sensor, IoT, or Mobile, to name a few. With the combination of MDM and data integration, Boomi was already well positioned to help connect existing applications. By adding in API Management, they can now become an invaluable tool for application and service modernization. Developers will be able to create new services and APIs while managing data governance, even as these services become increasingly distributed. Continue reading iPaaS, MDM, and API Management Solidify Dell Boomi Platform

Informatica, INFA14, and Data Management Vision vs. Reality

What is Happening?

The most likely IT scenario for business and consumer settings is multiple, loosely-coupled environments of different types of devices operating under different software via different types of networks with differing protocols, all developing and reporting different types of data.

The currently popular terminologies for this reality are the “Internet of Things” and, a bit more accurate, the “Internet of Everything.” Frankly, it will not be, and cannot be, just one Internet of anything; the reality has to be “Internets of Internets of Anything.” Not the most catchy meme, but factual nonetheless.

In such a business and IT reality, a critical key to safe and effective business operation, management, and competitive ability has to be the capacity to make widely-disparate contextual and qualified data available, in the form(s) needed, within and between systems being used or contemplated, while making sure that the data itself is safe and secure. It was with this scenario in mind that Saugatuck SVP Bruce Guptill participated in briefings, executive meetings, and discussions with customers and partners at the 2014 Informatica World event (#INFA14) this week in Las Vegas.

Informatica’s bottom line: what we are experiencing, and what will be the future of business IT, should more properly be considered as an “Internet of Master Data Management (MDM).” We believe that the sentiment is spot-on, but also that the reality will be an unpredictable environment of “Internets of MDM” that enable effective management of multiple Internets of Internets of anything, and which are still at least several years in the future, complicating sales plans for Informatica, its allies, and its competitors. Continue reading Informatica, INFA14, and Data Management Vision vs. Reality

Informatica Spring: Signpost Addresses LOB Users and the API Economy

What is Happening?

Earlier this week, Informatica announced their spring 2014 release for their integration suite. The new release includes a new set of functionalities called Vibe Integrated Packages, which act as pre-configured endpoints for specific, common software either in the Cloud or on premises.

What Saugatuck finds intriguing is how these packages add to IT organizations’ ability to expose individual applications and data flows via Informatica’s APIs. We see this going a long way toward more efficiently enabling and supporting new or expanded business cases, enabling developers to more readily deliver business capabilities, and enabling controllable access partners, regulators, or other entities that may need access to specific data connections.

In Informatica’s connector-driven API approach, Saugatuck sees another signpost that indicates the growing influence – and approaching dominance – of two important IT market phenomena: the growing utility, value, and importance of API-centric approaches to development (i.e., the “API economy”), and the increasing influence of Line of Business (LOB) users in driving how applications are purchased and integrated. Consuming and repackaging APIs is changing – some would say “improving” – the ways that new business technologies are used and made available to more than just developers. Continue reading Informatica Spring: Signpost Addresses LOB Users and the API Economy

Informatica Takes Aim at Large Enterprise Markets

Informatica (INFA) has made a series of announcements recently that address some of the important concerns of large enterprise users. Among them, specifically:

  • Unifying Cloud data, service, and process integration via model-driven design
  • Enabling access to integrations developed on Informatica Cloud as REST APIs
  • Fostering collaboration and reusability sharing via a repository
  • Deploying capability to automate Salesforce CRM processes and ensure that best practices are followed
  • Releasing enhancements for data security and quality in the Cloud, especially Continue reading Informatica Takes Aim at Large Enterprise Markets

The API Economy, Not Just Another Service Bus

What is Happening?           

The API economy is not conceptually new in most of its facets. The core idea that libraries of services could be called to create applications has been both proposed and adopted through SOA and ESBs for more than a decade, and prior to that in mainframe programming with the use of Programming Libraries. There, are however, some marked differences in the surrounding technology climate that have made the API economy different from previous iterations, and in many ways much more potent, which include availability over the Internet, the true enablement of multi-vendor suites, and their ubiquity in the rise of Cloud, Mobile, Social, and Analytics.

Why is it Happening?

The API Economy does not just refer to the services that are available, but also that they are easily accessibly across networked systems, usually over the Internet and through cloud applications. The implications here are that Continue reading The API Economy, Not Just Another Service Bus

Worldwide Survey Highlights Differences in IT and Business Executive Concerns

Saugatuck recently surveyed user executives worldwide seeking their perceptions about adoption and usage of Cloud-based offerings. Results of the survey include the combined responses from over 200 IT and non-IT executives in enterprises of various sizes.

In newly published research, we examine a subset of the survey data in more depth to identify insights regarding the concerns that executives associate with the adoption of Cloud-based offerings. In our survey we offered a list of eleven potential concerns and asked IT and business executives to identify their top 3 most important concerns related to the Cloud. The results reveal that Data Security and Privacy are a concern for a clear majority of respondents. In fact, Data Security and Privacy (selected 55 percent overall) is the top ranked concern in the survey. Continue reading Worldwide Survey Highlights Differences in IT and Business Executive Concerns

Research Alert: Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics – Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

What is Happening? 

There is little doubt that the technologies and capabilities of Cloud, Mobility, Social IT and Advanced Analytics (CMSA) promise great value to user enterprises. Few enterprises of any type or size are not actively pursuing each.

And according to the latest research from Saugatuck, enterprise executives expect significant competitive value from each as well. In our Q1 global Cloud IT survey this year, we asked participants to “please indicate how important each of the following technologies are to your company’s competitiveness over the next 24 months.” Figure 1 aggregates the percentages of survey responses ranking each as “Very Important” or “Extremely Important” – rankings that have, over the years, been reliable indicators of imminent investment.

Figure 1: Ranking CMSA Competitive Value

Cloud Mobile Social and Analytics for Business Value

Source: Saugatuck Technology Inc., 1Q2013 global web survey; n = 218

CMSA is truly a simultaneously evolving set of services and capabilities, helping to change enterprise IT from a monolithic entity into sets of loosely-coupled, complementary services.

But as much value as each of these provides (or is expected to provide), even greater value is seen from combining them with each other, and with business management applications software and processes in key enterprise systems. Figure 2 summarizes our survey data regarding how business and IT leaders see combinations of Mobile, Social and Advanced Analytics with enterprise business systems as adding the greatest business value to the enterprise. The higher the percentage, the more survey participants see business value.

Figure 2: The Integrated Value of CMSA with Enterprise Business Systems

The Value of Mobile, Social, and Analytics on Business Apps

Source: Saugatuck Technology Inc., 1Q2013 global web survey; n = 218

Clearly, Cloud-based Mobile, Social, and Advanced Analytics are seen as relatively less beneficial to business when used individually (in most cases) than when used in combination with each other, and as part of enterprise business systems. In short, while Mobility, Social IT and Advanced Analytics each have intrinsic value, that value is typically multiplied with coordinated use.

Why is it Happening? 

With past IT architectures, single or serial evolutionary trends tended to define the evolution, and IT became more and more focused on (obsessed with?) tightly-integrated technologies and systems. This grew through the almost manic progression of 1990s-era distributed and client-server architectures, which brought increased scrutiny on IT costs, resulting in edicts to standardize and integrate, which in turn led to a renewed emphasis on tightly-coupled architectures and technologies.

What makes the combination of CMSA different is that buyers, users, and increasingly some IT leaders are starting to see the potential value and utility of systems, technologies, and business operations that are only loosely-coupled and not tightly integrated. Integration is readily available and reasonably affordable in the form of Cloud-delivered services that alleviate many requirements for tightly-coupled technologies and systems. Cloud Integration services also expand the choice for building out certain capabilities beyond the traditional vendors of complicated, pre-built solutions and heavy customization, toward building a functional alternative from a variety of better suited products from different vendors without the tight coupling at their core.

The high value of Analytics, both alone and when combined with other capabilities and systems, is easy to understand, as the ability to better analyze and then utilize business data has long been a goal of IT and business leaders. In short Analytics almost intrinsically adds value everywhere. Mobility enables greater reach and utility of most business systems; and Social IT enables improved collaboration, which in turn adds value by improving group and resource communication and coordination. And with Cloud, they can often be added, used, and removed as needed –an additional value from the inherent flexibility of loosely-coupled, Cloud-based services.

Finally, more CMSA offerings are being architected with multiple, often open, standards-based interfaces that enable them to work with a wider array of business systems and data. They are enabling Mobile, Social and Analytics capabilities that recently cost significant amounts of additional money when included with traditional software (and didn’t always work as well as needed or expected). Buyers have wanted some combinations of these capabilities for years; making them available cheaply via Cloud has accelerated and expanded their adoption and use.

Market Impact 

By YE 2017, the inclusion of Cloud-based Mobile, Social and Analytics capabilities will be considered de rigueur and required by the majority of IT buyers and users. SaaS and BPaaS provider understand this, and are scrambling to engineer, integrate or embed an increasing range of such capabilities with their offerings.

Most will utilize capabilities from such providers as Dell Boomi, IBM CastIron, Informatica, MuleSoft, Pentaho, etc. These and other Cloud-based integration-as-a-service platform providers (“iPaaS”) are already, rapidly, pursuing BPaaS, SaaS, and other PaaS providers to embed a wide range of integration capabilities into business process services and solutions. So we believe that the loosely-coupled advantages of CMSA will only continue to grow. There will be no shortage of established and upstart providers serving enterprises and Cloud-based business solution providers alike.

Large-scale business management solution providers (e.g., Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) will be pressured to add more data and workflow integration capabilities and APIs to their core Cloud platforms; their traditional preferences for in-house “standards” will decrease as more buyers and users come to accept, then expect, the loosely-coupled IT and business reality of the Boundary-free Enterprise™.

This loosely-coupled future also helps to bring clarity and certainty to the roles of traditional SIs and enterprise IT departments. The proliferation of services and providers will mean increased roles, and increased need for skills, as enterprise users force the growth of a variety of hybridized IT and business environments, utilizing a changing array of Cloud-based offerings that need to work with other Cloud-based and on-premises systems. There will be new, different, and more skills required, and roles will continue to adapt, but there will be no shortage of need for skilled and experienced IT professionals in a world replete with ever-changing, dynamically-utilized IT.

More detailed analysis of this and much more data from Saugatuck’s 2013 Cloud IT survey will be published for Saugatuck CRS clients beginning the last week of June, including a series of research analyses and data reports.

Beyond the Glitter: Serious Business

During the week of 29 April through 3 May IBM hosted its annual Impact 2013 (subtitled “Business. In Motion”) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Befitting the location, Impact is a huge business conference (with 8,500 attendees this year) and has a definite Las Vegas flavor (the keynote opened with a car driven on stage and dubbed a “rolling data center”).

IBM’s market positioning and messaging continues to be a bellwether for large-enterprise IT trends overall. This year’s Impact emphasis on the combination of Cloud, Mobility, Social, and Analytics – plus the importance of native integrative capabilities – underscores the emergence and reality of the loosely-coupled, “elemental” IT and business architectures that are increasingly prevalent, that enable a variety of Boundary-free Enterprise™ configurations, and which are reshaping providers’ go-to-market positioning.

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