TIBCO Software Simplifies Integration

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    Now that organizations are starting to realize that the value of a digital business is essentially defined by the sum total of the number of interconnections between applications, the number of things that users want to connect together across the enterprise is growing exponentially.

    To make it easier to connect those applications, TIBCO Software this week announced a set of services and tools aimed at both end users and developers to simplify the application integration process.

    Currently in beta, TIBCO Simplr is a service that business users can invoke to integrate data and external cloud services without writing any code. Brad Topliff, senior cloud product manager for TIBCO Software, says while a plethora of cloud services are aimed at “citizen integrators,” the TIBCO Simplr service is designed to enable users to create entire reusable workflows spanning multiple applications and external cloud services without having to employ a developer to accomplish it.

    Meanwhile, to make the lives of developers easier, TIBCO has also updated TIBCO ActiveMatrix BPM, a visual programming tool that enables developers that are familiar with JavaScript to integrate disparate data sets and applications using REST application programming interfaces (APIs). Version 4.0 of TIBCO ActiveMatrix BPM adds capabilities that make it simpler to experiment with various integration approaches while also reducing the amount of code that needs to be written to generate an application.


    It will be up to each individual organization to decide when they need a developer to integrate applications versus just letting a citizen integrator go it alone. But in both cases, TIBCO is trying to modernize business process management (BPM) software to make it simpler for organizations to participate in the digital economy.

    Naturally, the degree to which any organization participates in that digital economy will vary. But at this juncture, it’s also clear that, to one degree or another, most organizations are already participating whether they realize it or not.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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