Recently I interviewed Rick Nucci, the CTO and founder of Boomi. He was explaining the spring crop of updates to Boomi's Atomsphere and a new offering called Connect.Boomi.com, a cloud integration broker.
Among the new features is support for REST (SOAP was already supported). This put us on the path to discussing SOA, and Nucci shared an interesting trend. It seems more customers are coming to Boomi for help in connecting their SOAs to the cloud.
I asked him what they're trying to accomplish. In general, he said, they're trying to link on-premise services to a SaaS, like Salesforce or Coupa:
"A lot of bigger customers do have some middleware, something in place already when we arrive. We typically augment it and say we're the gateway to the cloud from an integration perspective because we provide things that traditional middleware never had to think about, like visibility and traceability and audibility of your data as it leaves your network. Those guys were typically focusing on on-premise integration."
But there is an emerging use-case: Some end-user enterprises are using Boomi to publish their Web services:
"We have a number of customers that do traditional EDI, but they're starting to want to augment that with web services that are doing similar types of transactions, but obviously more real time and standards based. So, you know, inventory lookup and purchase order invoice shipping processing type transactions. Another use case is they're exposing the web service for their business partners to consume."
The end result is a nice ROI for SOA, particularly since Boomi charges on the number of things you connect. "If they want to just start and offer a couple of Web services, it's a very low investment compared to the payoff," he added.
Boomi's experience apparently isn't an isolated incident. Earlier this month, WinterGreen Research announced the global SOA application middleware market would grow to $8.2 billion in the next six years, primarily due to the rise of cloud computing.
That's a 134 percent growth over the full six years-or more than 15 percent growth each year, according to ZDNet's Joe McKendrick.
Nucci and I also discussed other cloud integration issues, including how competition and more involvement from IT departments is changing the market.