Find how TIBCO Cloud Integration can help you increase business agility by connecting all your apps, devices, and data no matter where they are hosted
We live in a world where the number of digital assets that need to be integrated, the types of assets, and where they are hosted are all exploding. We’ve transitioned away from a simple enterprise landscape where all of our systems were hosted in a single datacenter, and the number of systems was small. If you still remember those days, you probably could name all the systems that you maintained. Could you imagine doing that today?
This has changed completely. Businesses today are operating more and more on apps and data rather than on manual, documented processes, and that has increased the demands to have them connected together to support the operations of the business. How does a traditional IT team keep up with all connectivity requests coming from all areas of the business to ensure these assets are fully integrated and working seamlessly?
Additionally, the business environment has changed completely. Today everything is hyper-accelerated. You can no longer wait six months to get your new marketing promotions online, or to introduce new digital services.
This is because markets change constantly over time. At times they grow, and at other times they contract. This forced enterprises to change how they do business rapidly.
So, if we need to summarize everything that we need from an application architecture to make sure that it can help us to meet our business requirements, that word is “agility”. And architectural agility creates business agility
Different IT paradigms have been adopted to help increase architectural agility from different perspectives that provide a quick way to adapt, connect, and offer new capabilities to customers:
- Infrastructure Agility: Based on cloud adoption, cloud providers offer an agile way to immediately tap into the infrastructure capacity required, allowing for rapid innovation by quickly creating new environments and deploying new services on-demand.
- Operation & Management Agility: SaaS-based applications allow you to adopt best-of-breed business suites without having to procure and manage the underlying infrastructure, as you do in your on-premises approach. This allows you to streamline and accelerate the operations of your business.
- Development Agility: Based on the application technologies that create small, highly scalable components of software that can be evolved, deployed, and managed in an autonomous way. This approach embeds integration capabilities directly within deployed applications, making integration no longer a separate layer but something that is built-in inside each component. Microservices, API-led development, and event-driven architecture concepts play an essential role and expand the people involved in the development process.
So, all of these forms of agility help build an application architecture that is highly agile — able to quickly respond quickly to changes in the environment within which it operates. And you can achieve all of them with TIBCO® Cloud Integration (TCI).
TCI is an Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS), a cloud-based integration solution that makes it extremely easy for you to connect all your assets together no matter where they’re hosted. It is a SaaS offering that runs on both AWS and Microsoft Azure, so you don’t have to manage the underlying infrastructure to make sure the integration assets that are critical to your business are always available and scale to any level of demand.
From the development perspective, TCI provides you all the tools needed for your business to develop and connect all your digital assets — including your apps, data sources, devices, business suites, processes, and SaaS solutions — using the most modern standards within an immersive experience.
It addresses integration patterns from traditional approaches — such as in data replication — to modern approaches including API-Ied to Event-driven architectures. It also supports the latest connectivity standards such as REST, GraphQL, AsyncAPI, and gRPC. And to reduce the time-to-market of your integrations, it also includes a significant number of pre-packaged connectors that simplify connectivity to legacy and modern business suites, data sources, and more — no matter if they reside in your data center or in the cloud. These connectors are easily accessible within a connector marketplace embedded directly within the user experience to be used across the whole platform.
TCI improves team-based development. With TIBCO® Cloud Mesh, accessible via TCI, your integrators can easily share, discover, and reuse digital assets created across the enterprise within TIBCO Cloud — such as APIs and apps — and utilize them very quickly within integrations in a secure way without the need to worry about technical aspects.
This capability promotes the reuse of existing assets and better collaboration among teams. Combined with pre-packed connectors which are directly accessible within TCI, the development time to introduce new integrations is significantly reduced.
TCI also expands the number of people in your business that can create integrations, with multiple development experiences that are tailored for different roles providing their own experience and skills. Now not only can integration specialists participate in the integration process, but developers, API product owners, and citizen integrators can as well.
This dramatically increases business agility because your various business units can create integrations in a self-service manner, collaborate to provide solutions even if they span across business units, and reduce their dependencies on overburdened IT teams. This frees up your integration specialists to focus on providing integration best practices for your enterprise and architecting a responsive application architecture.
TCI addresses a number of integration use cases including:
- Connecting apps, data, and devices together that reside anywhere (e.g., on-premises, SaaS, private/public cloud)
- Designing,, orchestrating, and managing APIs & microservices
- Rearchitecting inflexible monolith apps into highly scalable cloud-native apps.
- Building event-driven apps that process streams of data (e.g., from IoT devices or Apache Kafka)
TCI also provides detailed insights on the performance and execution status of your integrations so you can optimize them as needed or easily detect and solve any potential issues with them. This ensures that business processes that depend on your integrations are minimally disrupted.
By bringing more people into your integration process, empowering them with an immersive view that helps them seamlessly work together on your integrations, proving capabilities such as TIBCO Cloud Mesh and pre-packaged connectors within a unified connector marketplace that accelerates integration development, your digital business can be connected and reconnected very quickly to respond to changing markets, which greatly increases your business agility.
To experience how easily you can connect all of your digital assets together to boost your business agility, sign up for a free 30-day trial of TIBCO Cloud Integration today.
TIBCO Cloud Integration is a service provided within the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Platform, which provides a complete set of capabilities to connect your business.