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November 30, 2011

Open source firm Talend launches v5 integration platform

Supports shift to cloud and big data, company claims

By Jason Stamper

French open source integration maven Talend announced version 5 of its platform for integration, data quality and process management.

The firm, which acquired German service bus firm Sopera in November 2010, said it believes it is the only open source vendor to offer a technology portfolio that spans all enterprise integration needs, including data, applications and business processes.

The latest version is said to help companies converge traditionally disparate integration efforts and practices through a common set of products, tools and best practices. The Talend Unified Platform provides a common foundation for the products to be used individually or in concert depending on the needs of the organisation, Talend said.

In addition, Talend v5 has been designed to support and enable the current market shifts toward the Cloud and Big Data. The increased deployment of hybrid cloud environments, made up of a combination of on-premises systems, private and public clouds, and SaaS, creates unique integration challenges that can only be addressed effectively by integration platforms that span all environments, Talend argued.

"Trader Media Group, the company behind AutoTrader.co.uk – the number one UK marketplace for motorists – has been using Talend for years for a broad range of mission critical data integration needs," said Philip Naughton, development manager at Trader Media Group. "With a number of applications now deployed in the Cloud, and an ever increasing need to expose integration as a service, we see Talend as a significant enabling technology for the business."

Talend v5 includes a new business process management (BPM) product, Talend Enterprise BPM, to complement the existing data management and application integration products. It’s based on an OEM relationship with BonitaSoft, an open source BPM player.

"In the past, organisations have shied away from a common approach to their integration needs, as the available products generally focused on a single area of integration," said Fabrice Bonan, co-founder and chief operating officer, Talend. "Increased pressure on IT organisations to implement solutions faster with increasingly constrained budgets and to meet the demand for real-time business analytics are driving forces behind combining these integration approaches. Talend v5 facilitates this convergence and ultimately enables organisations to adopt a holistic approach to integration."

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With the BonitaSoft BPM added, Talend now says its platform includes data integration and data quality tools, BPM, the enterprise service bus acquired with Sopera, master data management and more.

Related: Talend adds data quality to ESB after Sopera buy

Related: BNP Paribas selects Talend’s open source software

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