Boomi, a Cloud Integration Platform ( SaaS to SaaS, On-premise to PaaS, On-premise to On-premise, etc)

Boomi, a Cloud Integration Platform ( SaaS to SaaS, On-premise to PaaS, On-premise to On-premise, etc)

Boomi supports the broadest range of Cloud use cases (i.e., integrations spanning Amazon Regions, SaaS to SaaS, on-premise to PaaS, on-premise to on-premise, EDI/B2B, etc.), PaaS providers (OpSource/Dimension Data and Force.com), and public Cloud providers (Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Taleo, SuccessFactors, Workday, Oracle, etc.)…

Key Overview on this product:
1. Any permutation or hybrid Cloud can be configured with a combination of “atoms” (dynamic runtime engines that can be hosted inside or outside the firewall) and “molecules” (clustered atoms that allow atoms to share their processing power to support transfer of large batch files and high volume real-time transactions). Atoms report all of their activity back to the Boomi integration platform, providing consolidated monitoring and management capabilities across all integrations.

2. Dell Boomi integration platform (AtomSphere) also delivers a foundation for some of Boomi’s key differentiators. Boomi Suggest assists users to create new integrations by recommending data mappings based on powerful ranking algorithms that assess similarity and relationships of data fields in existing integrations. Each time a new data map is created, its fields are added to Boomi Suggest (with no tie to the actual data being mapped) to continuously improve the wizard’s intelligence and the accuracy of the mapping suggestions.

3. Boomi Assure is a crowd sourced regression testing mechanism, which allows users to submit integration processes and data to be tested against future releases of AtomSphere. This allows Boomi to test new releases of AtomSphere against existing integrations, ensuring that they will work with existing processes and data.

Key Strengths and Limitations:

Strengths
a. Early entrant to Cloud market, the product itself runs in the public Cloud.
b. Innovative features, such as Boomi Suggest and Boomi Assure, enabled by PaaS form factor.
c. During 2012, renewed focus by Dell on software as a revenue generator.
d. Very broad support for public Cloud integrations, partnerships, and features.

Limitations
a. No connectors or APIs supporting virtualization.
b. Minimal interoperability with fault management platforms (Dell KACE only) and none with CMDB/CMS systems. This effectively limits monitoring of production integrations from a central
monitoring platform AND end-to-end mapping of workflow-driven integrations by dependency mapping solutions.

(Note: The above is n Extract from the research report from EMA Radar)

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