The market for data integration tools includes vendors that offer software products to enable the construction and implementation of data access and data delivery infrastructure for a variety of data integration scenarios. For vendors, the demand for traditional data integration capabilities alongside the demand for innovative solutions requires robust, consistent delivery of highly developed solutions. Similarly, data integration tools interoperate and integrate with master data tools, data governance tools and data quality tools. Examples of this type of interoperability include: • Support for governance and management of data assets • Data acquisition for analytics and business intelligence (BI) and data • Sourcing and delivery of master data in support of master data management (MDM) • Data consistency between operational applications • Interenterprise data sharing.
Gartner defines enterprise integration platform as a service (EiPaaS) as a combination of integration technology functionalities that are delivered as a suite of cloud services and designed to support enterprise-class integration initiatives. An EiPaaS provider offers high availability, disaster recovery, security, SLAs and technical support. It also enables users to develop and execute multiple integration scenarios by providing support for multiple personas. The EiPaaS vendor must fully manage platform operations, patching and upgrades. EiPaaS offerings are public, stand-alone products that subscribers use directly, as opposed to integration capabilities embedded in another offering (such as a SaaS application or application PaaS).