May 9, 2011 – Open source software provider Talend unveiled new solutions for data development and management connected with an enterprise service bus component in its first unified data and application integration platform.

Based on the platform for the California company’s data management offerings, the unified application integration and data services platform connects new data quality, integration and MDM solutions with the Talend ESB. The platform features a single toolset for data and application integration, a graphical development interface, a deployment mechanism and management monitoring console, all built on top of a shared metadata repository, according to a news release.

Pat Walsh, vice president of marketing for Talend’s application integration division, says the inundation of data and disparate applications is behind the development of a comprehensive platform to manage the lifecycle of a data service. Walsh says it also follows through on Talend’s integration roadmap, which was detailed after the November acquisition of middleware integration provider Sopera.

“Certainly, with technology being shared across functions, across enterprises, there’s a lot more data and a lot of duplication of data. It really requires a more sophisticated way to manage it,” Walsh says.

Jess Thompson, research vice president at Gartner, notes that Talend may be the first provider to offer a unified application and data integration platform. However, Thompson cautions users on Talend’s company size in relation to its ability to fully execute on the platform’s offerings.

“Gartner’s advice to users considering a unified data and application integration platform would be to identify the set of requirements that identify the organization’s application and data integration needs and then to perform a hands-on evaluation using actual projects to verify the platform meets the organizations’ requirements,” Thompson says.

Forrester analyst Ken Vollmer says he sees the platform’s integrated data management capabilities and ESB solutions as a “significant step in reducing middleware complexity.”

“This combined offering will make it easier for organizations to achieve their data integration, data quality and MDM objectives due to the built in messaging capability the new solution provides,” says Vollmer.

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