Gartner Research

The Pros and Cons of Seeking a Single Source for Your Application Integration Solutions

Published: 17 March 2011

ID: G00211608

Analyst(s): Jess Thompson, Benoit Lheureux


Organizations are increasingly moving to a single source for their application integration products. This research explains why this trend is emerging, and provides our view on the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a single source.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • State of Affairs
    • The Features You Need to Support A2A, B2B and Cloud-to-On-Premises Integration
  • Multiple Vendors Now Provide Required Features
  • CIOs and Application Managers Are Questioning Whether They Need Separate Integration Products
  • The Advantages of Using a Single Vendor's Offerings
    • Reductions in License and Maintenance Fees
    • Lower Staffing Costs
    • Stronger Vendor Relationships
    • Reduced Platform Costs
    • Vendor-Supplied Integration
  • The Disadvantages of Using a Single Vendor's Offerings
    • Personnel Issues
    • Sunk Costs
    • New Capital Expenses
    • The Cost of Training Staff
    • The Cost of Redeploying Existing Interfaces
  • What You Need to Know

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