Integration as a Subscription Service?

Loraine Lawson

In today's eCommerce Times, Cape Clear Software CEO Annrai O'Toole ponders whether integration will become a hosted service, to which companies simply subscribe, in much the way they subscribe to applications now.

His premise is: Yes it will, and we're pretty darn close to that now.

It does make sense that there could be a market for hosted integration. O'Toole argues it's an obvious progression to move from enterprise mashups, to hosted business apps and back-end functions, to extending SOA beyond the enterprise walls to tap into hosted integration solutions. He also contends hosted integration would accelerate the shift to SOA.

I've written before about hosted integration solutions for B2B. O'Toole sees two more possible types of hosted integration:

  1. Outsourcing loosely coupled data transformations.
  2. More complex integrations involving three or more business processes.

The piece goes on to look at some examples of how early adopters are testing the grounds.


Even if you're not interested in outsourcing your integration - or your services, for that matter, it's an idea worth considering. As O'Toole points out, some IT divisions are moving to a federated system, essentially becoming an outsourcer provider to the company's internal departments. Hosted integration fits in perfectly with this model of IT organization.

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