TIBCO fondly remembers that its products are divided into three “pillars”: connect, unify and predict. These categories are covered by the umbrella of the “Connected Intelligence Platform”. We’ve had to search the publisher’s catalog with this repository for about a year. What is not always easy is undoubtedly to relate them to each other and understand how certain concepts cover the products. During the TIBCO Now virtual event, the editor added “new”.
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Commercially, it’s a new way of reaching customers. “TIBCO used to look a bit like the IKEA of IT,” notes Bruno Trimouille, Vice President Marketing at TIBCO Software at MagIT.
According to him, customers were looking for a specific product from the publisher and not looking at all offers and their possible complementarity.
The three pillars would make it possible to bring solutions together with the help of applications, all of which are carried through the Connect, Unify and Predict portfolios. It must be said that since its birth in 1997, the publisher has significantly expanded its catalog: it includes around 30 products and their extensions (configuration tool, connectors, plug-ins, etc.).
Responsive Application Mesh: Facilitates integration
During its virtual conference, the publisher therefore presented “blueprints” for each of these pillars. Responsive Application Mesh is a sub-category of Connect, Any Data Hub, Unify and Hyperconverged Analytics, Predict.
These master plans (in good French) are both commercial and technical benchmarks. “It starts with a change in commercial positioning, supported by product developments and the creation of master plans for IT architects. [Les blueprints] are the convergence of these three aspects, ”recalls Bruno Trimouille.
TIBCO sales management is looking for engagements. Responsive application mesh includes, for example, application integration, API management and the implementation of an event-driven architecture as well as part of process automation. It is difficult to bring all these facets together in the simple term Connect. Note that the affected products are not just the products recently updated by TIBCO, but that this concept is primarily based on the TIBCO Cloud Mesh tool.
Technically speaking, TIBCO Cloud Mesh is an infrastructure of REST services, automated connections between integrations, APIs, events, processes and low-code applications (domains in TIBCO jargon). “Suppliers” (integration, business events) communicate with “consumers” (mashery and integration).
Tibco BusinessEvents 6, the complex event and database processing service, benefits from a redesign of its visual layer that can now be hosted in the cloud. In addition, helmet diagrams are supported for deployments using Kubernetes and Apache Ignite for caching. BusinessEvents also supports the TIBCO ActiveSpace Data Grid and the NoSQL Apache Cassandra database. Metrics can be saved in InfluxDB and TIBCO LiveView.
With that in mind, the publisher added Big Basin, a monitoring service in TIBCO Cloud Integration, to monitor applications on the site and in the cloud. Data is visible in a uniform dashboard. IPaaS also gets native integration with Workfusion’s RPA bots.
BPM Enterprise 5, for its part, is switching to containerization.
“Our existing customers, who frequently use other TIBCO technologies, have asked us to add containerization options for deployment in public and private clouds,” comments Bruno Trimouille. However, TIBCO has not communicated about the complementarity of this solution, which should allow RPA bots to be set up with that of Workfusion. “Yes, there are synergies with our BPM offering, but we’d like to highlight the convergence between iPaaS and RPA, which we think is less obvious and yet important,” said the vice president of marketing.
The publisher is also planning to further develop its messaging services, which it will present early next year.
Any data hub: data management in the age of virtualization
In the past, TIBCO was recognized for these integration and connectivity management solutions, but also for its data management offering. The Unify column of the catalog now contains the concept of any data hub. During its virtual conference, the editor particularly highlighted version 8.3 of Data Visualization. However, Bruno Trimouille reminds that this concept includes TIBCO EBX (an MDM offering), cloud metadata management and API management through Mashery.
“It’s a cocktail of products primarily focused on EBX, TIBCO Cloud Metadata Management and data virtualization,” said the vice president of Marketing. “The concept of an Any Data Hub is justified by the fact that there is a need to move beyond simple connectivity and move to advanced data management that is coupled with robust governance,” he adds.
TIBCO Data Virtualization (TDV) received a major update last August to integrate more than 80 connectors for data streaming. In addition, the tool can now connect to sources like Marklogic, Splunk, CosmosDB, SQL Server 2019, Oracle 19c, or even Teradata 16.20. Like BPM Enterprise 5, TDV 8.3 is available in a Docker container image, and a version of the service is available on the AWS and Microsoft Azure marketplaces. The editor in particular has optimized the pre-aggregation engine and SQL queries. “” [TDV] Instead, it connects data without replication. The big news is the streaming aspect.
On the Any Data Hub side, we want flexibility in data integration with TIBCO Cloud Integration or via messaging or for people who want to consolidate their data on a logical Data Hub instance, ”explains Bruno Trimouille. “Some customers use it much like an ETL to create a composite view.
and transfer data to a database ”. TDV can then communicate with data visualization tools like JasperSpot and analytics like Spotfire.
Spotfire 11 ready for real-time analysis
In fact, TIBCO has mainly focused on enhancing its Spotfire analytics suite, which will soon be available in version 11. Spotfire is at the heart of the “Hyperconverged Analytics” concept, which has no relation to the definition of hyperconverged infrastructure.
“It’s the convergence of data streaming, data science and data visualization,” explains Bruno Trimouille. “We believe Spotfire is the ideal environment to bring these aspects together and create a unified environment,” he says. “We want to think about Spotfire in a new way by adding mods,” he adds. This terminology, borrowed directly from the practice of video games on the PC, is that users can reproduce their data science and analytical environment in Spotfire 11 in the cloud without having to write a line of code.
“We have found that our customers’ user interfaces and graphics are very individual. With mods, they can migrate their business environments to the cloud. “In the short term, the publisher plans to open a marketplace where it and its partners can offer visual enhancements.
However, as with Any Data Hub, the heart of hyperconverged analytics is real-time data streaming. To do this, TIBCO plays with the complementarity of Spotfire with Cloud Data Streams, a visual and automated tool for real-time data ingestion via Apache Kafka, MQTT or TIBCO messaging (it is also possible to inject CSV files). The subject of one of these messaging services is automatically detected to create a “live” data table.
You can use dashboards to examine historical data. In connection with Spotfire, this data can be fed into a forecast model, for example.
“An increasing proportion of managers need to incorporate real-time operational and contextual information into their operational decisions. Tibco Cloud Data Streams and Spotfire are driving this trend by applying BI visualization to streaming data,” said Kevin Petrie, vice president of research at the Eckerson Group with our colleagues at SearchBusinessAnalytics [Propriété de Techtarget, également propriétaire du MagIT].
“Tibco has a strong position in the analysis of data flows, which can significantly control this market,” he adds.
This so-called hyper-convergence trend can not only be observed at TIBCO. Qlik is taking a similar path, Microsoft is getting closer with Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure Machine Learning. However, TIBCO’s VP of Marketing would be “the only one to offer visualization, streaming analytics and advanced analytics tools in a single product platform.”
Finally, on the data science side, Spotfire enables drag-and-drop integration of machine learning models developed in R and Python and their development within the advanced analytics platform.
In addition, the publisher would like to continue the improvements to its AutoML functions introduced in March 2020. “We will also expand the MLOps functionality, an aspect that we started to integrate after the acquisition of Statistica,” concludes Bruno Trimouille.