As cloud computing, social networking and other internet-based technologies emerge within the enterprise, traditional on-site application integration solutions are being replaced by cloud-based services.
This is the normal way of evolution, as legacy equipment and software get replaced by newer, more efficient models. The main reason for this is that old application integration technologies simply can't perform the same as new versions, according to a SYS-CON Media report.
Additionally, as modern software becomes more complex and mature, the entire application integration market must also adapt to bring all the new technologies together, the news source reported.
However, not everything needs to be ripped up and replaced, as there are still some integration solutions that can be manipulated. This is because a lot of today's technologies and those from the past are similar. The evolution of data and applications through multiple platforms is demanding changes in the integration suites that combine them. This is especially true for companies that are planning to implement or already have deployed cloud-based solutions, according to the news provider.
In years past, the "center of effort" for integration was the mainframe because everything was tied somehow to this system. Throughout the past few decades, on the other hand, the shift toward data centers occurred. This led applications to be migrated to servers which were stored in these silos and connected through local or wide area networks, SYS-CON Media said.
Now, however, everything is becoming integrated into the cloud, including servers and applications. As a result, it makes sense to migrate the physical act of integration to the cloud. This will likely be a trend that is seen throughout 2012, especially as the demand for Software-as-a-Service and other cloud-based offerings increases, the news source noted.
The report also noted that roughly 95 percent of companies plan to implement cloud-based application integration in the future, while 40 percent plan to do so within two years.
According to a Gartner report, the SaaS market in North America alone will be worth nearly $13 billion by 2015, growing from $6.5 billion in 2010. This suggests that the software is rapidly making its approach to the cloud and that application integration services should follow.