November 30, 2011 – Talend updated its Unified Platform for integration, including a new business process management product based on offerings from open source provider BonitaSoft.

Talend Enterprise BPM is meant to enhance and coordinate existing data management and application integration platforms. It features functionality for modeling and management of processes, collaboration between management, analysts and end users on functionality, and the creation process solutions.

After some testing and research of their own BPM product, Talend decided to move forward with one based on an existing OEM partnership with BonitaSoft, says Ciaran Dynes, senior director of product management at Talend. Dynes says the aim was to bring along a BPM offering that doesn’t just bolt onto existing systems or overburden IT infrastructure.

“We tend to see this marriage between the [enterprise service bus] and business optimization. Even though they are different disciplines, they do have that relationship where one depends on the other to truly get that return on investment that you’re trying to get with BPM,” Dynes says.

In part, advancing Talend’s ESB functionality in the Unified Platform drove its acquisition in November 2010 of service-oriented architecture and middleware provider Sopera, says Yves de Montcheuil, VP of marketing at Talend.

Along with the BPM product, version 5 of the Unified Platform includes new deployment tools that enable hybrid cloud integration environments to access Hadoop and other big data management platforms, as well as a handful of enhancements to its respective products for data integration, data quality, MDM and ESB.

The open source versions are available Wednesday, and commercial versions will be ready by mid-December, de Montcheuil says.

Mike Gilpin, VP and research director at Forrester, says the new and updated releases show Talend “joining the trend for suppliers of integration infrastructure to provide more comprehensive … solutions.”

“This is often motivated by the need to provide integrated data in context of a business process, in a way that enables data analytics to be used in context of applications, to support more dynamic application behavior like ‘next best action’ or ‘next best offer,’” Gilpin says.

In addition, Gilpin says that Talend’s dedication to open source technology puts the vendor in a good position to benefit from the increasing number of enterprises considering open source for its integration needs.

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