With the rise in sales of so-called “premium vodka brands,” many have conducted taste tests to determine whether or not there are perceived differences among the less expensive types of vodka and the aforementioned premium brands. Because vodka has no distinct taste or smell, it is not surprising that results have been inconclusive about revealing a hands-down winner, even with prestigious brands like Grey Goose in the running that would always be predicted to come out on top.
However, there are established vodka lovers, or those in the prime cocktail-drinking age range, that may have enough of a discerning taste to at least pick out the nuances between premium vodkas from less expensive ones. Some may be able to differentiate various characteristics like texture and finish to easily decide which vodka brand they should or should not stock for their next cocktail party. This essentially shows that the base ingredients and distillation process itself can make a significant difference in identifying an expensive vodka when stacked against a cheap vodka.
However, I am not interested in writing a consumer review or dining guide. My point is to illustrate the similarities with differentiating the taste between high- and low-profile vodka brands and the importance of discerning the many characteristics and “flavors” among integration platforms for your systems and applications. Unlike taste tests, there is more to compare with when discussing integration platforms than just nuances of flavor. You must consider the whole experience and performance your systems and applications depend on.
As with vodka, comparing most features that differentiate various platforms tends to be subjective. There is a range of features that are typically provided that include connectivity, data mapping, generic protocols, adapters, and management portals. These differences are subtle and not always helpful to compare because the average platform provides these technologies in some form or another and are what most platforms share in common. What actually differentiates platforms is how they work, what longer term value they create, the quality of service, the total cost of ownership, and enablement of market agility.
There are a number of interesting prospects emerging in this space that are introducing creative ideas to bridge the gap between technology and real world problems. One such platform that comes to mind is RoboMQ, a platform that can integrate IoT and SaaS applications using any industry standard protocol. It leverages our core middleware with the ThingsConnect multi-protocol gateway and microservice-based service development framework.
Let me introduce you to some of the savory ingredients that constitute RoboMQ:
Any-to-any integration: RoboMQ provides an enhanced multi-protocol gateway through its ThingsConnect suite of adapters and connectors so that you can process events from any system in any protocol, API or format.
Microservice framework: We provide Microservices framework that makes integration expandable and future proof, reduces the cost of implementation, and increases the service or component reusability with features like auto-healing and auto-scaling.
Device Manager: This provides all of the features you need for monitoring, controlling, and managing your Internet of Things (IoT) devices and microservices.
Integration Flow Designer: The world's first Microservices based business process designer that allows you to build Complex Event Processing (CEP) by visually chaining Microservices.
Apps Discerning the Difference?
Okay, so your applications may not be able to taste or smell. Unlike premium vodka brands, it is not enough to be a more expensive platform. Instead, the importance is in knowing what constitutes a leading-edge platform that will improve your overall experience when integrating your business-critical processes, applications, mobile apps, and IoT devices.
If the wrong platform is chosen, your applications may be left with a bad taste in terms of stability, performance, flexibility and sometimes cost overruns and failures!
In summary, most platforms can deal with most of the functionalities you can think of in some way or other. However, the key to choosing any brand is in consideration of how it would address your specific needs regardless of its prestigious label or high recognition.
Some other questions to consider include:
How simple do you want infrastructure setup, management, and deployment?
What are your disaster and business continuity needs?
Are you building new integration APIs?
Do you want a simple and reliable toolset to connect new and existing services or devices?
Do you need the capability to compose and configure your own integration workflows?