TIBCO Cloud Integration is a Digital Integration Platform that’s hosted on the TIBCO Cloud. It serves two principal audiences: ‘citizen integrators’ and integration specialists. It’s also a seamless part of a broader TIBCO integration capability set.
Going back to TIBCO’s roots
For well over a decade after its founding in 1987, TIBCO was primarily focused on solving integration-related problems for its customers. However following its IPO in 1999, TIBCO began to diversify well beyond this core focus – with mixed results. Eventually, the company couldn’t sustain its performance, and in 2014 it transitioned back into private hands.
Since then, TIBCO has confounded expectations about what happens to technology firms that go private. It’s stripped back its product portfolio, but it has regained – and in fact, boosted – its R&D momentum. The company is returning to its digital business infrastructure focus, with clear investments in cloud platforms and open-source technologies.
TIBCO Cloud Integration: at the intersection of two roads
TIBCO Cloud Integration is part of a bigger integration picture from TIBCO. It’s at the intersection of two development roadmaps for the company.
The first is the creation of a multi-capability managed PaaS (TIBCO Cloud, which also includes case management application development, messaging, analytics capabilities and more). The second is the creation of an open, flexible integration technology portfolio that supports the open deployment of integration apps on-premise (via BusinessWorks), on the TIBCO Cloud (TIBCO Cloud Integration), and on ‘any cloud’ (via BusinessWorks Container Edition).
Investigate TIBCO Cloud integration for its openness, and for the broader picture it enables
TIBCO Cloud Integration is one element of a larger integration technology portfolio, but nevertheless, TIBCO has done a good job of designing the portfolio such that each element supports a clearly-defined set of use cases – and TIBCO Cloud Integration provides a space where multiple groups with their own needs can collaborate to deliver on digital integration projects.
TIBCO Cloud Integration is very worthy of consideration if you’re already a TIBCO customer and have a growing need to embrace new cloud services and applications. However it’s also very worthy of consideration if you’re not an existing TIBCO customer, but are looking for a more strategic PaaS investment.
TIBCO: born to integrate
An integration specialist since the days of EAI
TIBCO Software was originally founded in 1987 as Teknekron Software Systems; its first product was TIB (the Teknekron Information Bus) – a publish-subscribe messaging middleware platform. For well over a decade, the company was primarily focused on solving integration-related problems for its customers.
Diversification followed TIBCO’s launch as a public company in 1999 – it acquired and built products that took it far beyond its core focus. Eventually, the company couldn’t sustain its performance, and in 2014 TIBCO Software transitioned back into private hands with its purchase by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners for $4.3bn.
TIBCO is confounding lots of people’s expectations about what happens to technology firms that go private: it’s stripped back its product portfolio, yes, but it has regained – and in fact, boosted – its R&D momentum. The company is returning to its digital business infrastructure focus, and as part of this has finally embraced cloud computing and open-source software distribution. Both of these come together in TIBCO’s Digital Integration Platform capability.
Introducing TIBCO Cloud with integration
TIBCO launched its Cloud Integration service – the focus of this report – in May 2016, along with a low-code graphical process application development platform called TIBCO Cloud Live Apps. The introduction of TIBCO Cloud Live Apps and TIBCO Cloud Integration also saw the launch of the underlying TIBCO Cloud platform – a common set of service and account management, security and administration capabilities that TIBCO has built to underpin a growing portfolio of services. Already, TIBCO has added Messaging and Spotfire (analytics) to the TIBCO Cloud portfolio; other services are planned.
An expanded integration story – on premise, TIBCO Cloud, any cloud
TIBCO Cloud Integration is one part of a larger integration story (just as TIBCO Cloud Live Apps is one part of a larger process automation story). The broader TIBCO integration portfolio now spans: