Gartner Research

Choosing Application Integration Technology

Published: 28 October 2016

ID: G00314871

Analyst(s): Gary Olliffe


Integration is now pervasive, but requirements and technology are diverse. By comparing technologies, including ESB, iPaaS and API management, this assessment helps technical professionals responsible for integration architecture select the right tool for their integration and mediation workloads.

Table Of Contents


  • Integration Technology Selection Criteria


  • Integration Maturity Drives Technology Selection
    • SOA Maturity and Integration Maturity Are Aligned
    • A Hybrid Integration Platform Is a Box of Tools, Not a Multitool
    • Buying Integration Technology Does Not Buy Integration Maturity
  • The Comparison Criteria
    • Implementation Criteria
    • Operational Criteria
  • The Technologies Assessed
    • API Management
    • Platform ESB
    • Distributed ESB
    • iPaaS
    • Integration Frameworks


  • API Management Scenarios
  • Platform ESB Scenarios
  • Distributed ESB Scenarios
  • iPaaS Scenarios
  • Integration Framework Scenarios

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