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Digital business needs lightweight, flexible integration capabilities enabling faster time to value at a lower cost of ownership. IT leaders should review their enterprise integration strategy and plan for major integration infrastructure transformation to tackle complex hybrid integration challenges.


  • Federation between on-premise middleware and cloud-based integration platforms is key to a successful hybrid integration strategy.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain insight into key middleware components required for developing a hybrid integration platform.
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of on-premise middleware and cloud-based integration services.

Key questions answered

  • What is the core value proposition of middleware-as-a-service (MWaaS)?
  • What are the key use cases for iPaaS, MBaaS, apiPaaS, bpmPaaS, and dPaaS?
  • What is the role of an ESB in a hybrid integration platform?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises

Lightweight SOA fits the bill for heavy lifting, while ESBs have a key role to play in hybrid integration platforms

  • ESBs provide a robust middleware platform catering for a range of complex integration needs

Adopt middleware-as-a-service to cater for agile hybrid integration needs

  • Middleware-as-a-service is a comprehensive middleware stack in the cloud
  • iPaaS is a driving force behind the evolution of MWaaS
  • MBaaS, apiPaaS, bpmPaaS, and dPaaS cater for the requirements of specific agile integration use cases
  • Consider cloud-based B2B integration services to achieve greater agility at a lower cost of ownership

Federation between on-premise middleware and cloud-based integration platforms is key to successful hybrid integration

  • An API-centric architecture fosters federation and enables different components of the middleware stack to talk to each other


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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