Each year enterprise technology professionals look forward to the release of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service. As the premier report in the marketplace, data and application leaders base many of their yearly initiatives and purchasing decisions on Gartner’s advice. Featuring a proprietary research methodology, the analyst house’s annual release garners hype unparalleled in the enterprise, and on par with that of Apple’s keynote events in the consumer technology space.
Set to be released on March 30th (according to the company’s release schedule), Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) refers to capabilities that allow users to implement data, application, API and process integration via cloud and on-premises endpoints. Proliferation in cloud technologies and adoption have made application portfolios hybrid, with many organizations now needing to integrate between them.
Last year’s report noted that integration tools providers are acting fast to get their iPaaS offerings to market, including large, legacy vendors who are all now present in the space. Gartner projected continued adoption of iPaaS among the enterprise, and as such, explosive revenue growth in the marketplace. However, expansion in iPaaS adoption will likely have a crippling effect on other integration software sectors.
At Solutions Review, we share in the excitement as we near the eve of Gartner’s newest release. It’s in this spirit that our editors have compiled this list of the three things we expect to see once the report becomes available.
Subscription pricing will continue to dominate
Subscription pricing is becoming increasingly common in most places, and the integration tools market follows that trend. Gartner notes that during 2016, this space grew at a nearly 60 percent clip. The iPaaS marketplace is now worth roughly $700 million, and “triple-digit growth” is not uncommon. This market expansion should continue to grow even more impressive, as cloud and SaaS adoption proliferates.
There is one caveat; related integration technology markets will see a notable dip in popularity. This is a natural result to be sure, but means that traditional solutions vendors will have to pump the breaks on research and development for older tools.
Informatica and Dell Boomi trump the field
It’s no bold prediction, but we expect these two companies to lead the pack once again in 2018. Informatica leapfrogged Dell Boomi for market supremacy last year, and seems to be a favorite of the analysts. Perhaps its offerings check all the boxes in Gartner’s proprietary research. Informatica has a footprint in nearly every major data-centric software space, and offers a well-known suite of integration tools.
Dell’s iPaaS product comes from its acquisition of Boomi in 2010. Its AtomSphere iPaaS and its MDM and API management solutions are built atop a common platform, with AtomSphere available in several different editions based on use case and the number of supported endpoints. Gartner described Boomi’s iPaaS tool as featuring “breadth and depth of functionality” for advanced capabilities.
MuleSoft and SnapLogic improve their ability to execute
Both these providers enjoyed comfortable positions in last year’s Magic Quadrant, firmly entrenched among the market leaders. In the same way, both vendors shared solid scores on both of Gartner’s axes. Our expectation is that MuleSoft and SnapLogic further improve their standing to be mentioned alongside Informatica and Dell Boomi for 2018.
MuleSoft offers strong ESB and API management capabilities, as well as high scores for overall technical quality, reliability, and quality of service. SnapLogic touts three-straight years of 100 percent growth, recently raised $40 million in venture capital, and Gartner’s reference customers gave it nearly perfect scores for ongoing commercial and business support, and overall satisfaction.
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