So, to overcome the limitation of needing an on-premise stack, Workday is working to make our core middleware technology (our Enterprise Service Bus) available in the Cloud.
Using this model our customers will be able to use our powerful tooling to create their needed integrations and then deploy those integrations to our Cloud ESB.
Others have also been pursuing the notion of integrations deployed in the cloud: Boomi and Cast Iron have offerings that provide a similar, if more generic approach. However, i think it is safe to say that Workday is the first application vendor to try to address, in a very comprehensive way, the full lifecycle of the integration challenge in all its myriad shapes and sizes—from simple user-level connections up to sophisticated orchestration and data transforms.
We will of course continue to invest in our very popular browser-based integration tools for solving simple integration scenarios. However, the Cloud ESB will introduce a very powerful, yet accessible option to compliment our browser based tools for more complex integration scenarios.
This model has a number of very distinct benefits to our customers (as listed in this graphic), but most of all, we just hope that it makes it easier for our customers to leverage our Web Services to meet both simple and complex business/integration requirements. We’ll keep you posted on new developments as we move into 2010, and I look forward to your comments and feedback in the meantime.