Tibco's recent survey of CxOs found that the top choices of technology to deliver innovation are cloud, BI/analytics, application and data integration, IoT, and AI/ML.
This is all largely about getting information to the customer at the right time and in the right context, and Tibco's 'connected intelligence' strategy can help.
The idea is to connect, govern and augment information. Connection is achieved through event-driven systems and APIs, governance is addressed by high quality data with an understanding of metadata and reference data, and that data is augmented via analytics and data science.
These principles are backed by Tibco's ideas of "better together" (eliminating the need for custom integrations), "anywhere and everywhere" (run anywhere without having to make code changes), and "guided intelligence" (eg, a system might recommend a particular analysis, but it doesn't make the choice for the user).
While Tibco products can be compared favourably with the competition, "we really start to shine" when multiple Tibco products are used in combination to solve problems, he told iTWire.
Anywhere and everywhere is important as there is a growing need for intelligence and analytics at the edge. While IoT provides particularly good examples of the way it is impractical to send all the relevant data to a centralised system and receive an answer in time, data volume and latency issues affect other applications.
Low-cost inferencing, 5G and other advances means more and more-complex processing can be done at the edge, he said, even if some or even most of the data is retained and aggregated for subsequent centralised 'big picture' analysis.
This makes it important to have a core platform that is up to the task, and that allows for non-traditional, real-time integration points.
Disclosure: The writer attended Tibco Now 2019 as a guest of the company.