According to the New IDC IT Cloud Services Survey: Top Benefits and Challenges, integration with in-house IT remains a top 10 challenge. Informatica’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Boorman went further in his 2010 Predictions From The World Of Data Integration. He notes in his third prediction that: “Cloud Data Integration will eclipse both security and availability to be the defining capability that drives Cloud Computing success.”
Because ‘tis the season, here are 5 more cloud integration predictions for 2010:
- Greater SaaS application adoption and the emergence of more cloud platforms will result in greater data fragmentation and the need for an independent, enterprise-strength data integration and data quality platform as a service and a marketplace for prepackaged integration services.
- To address growing data volumes and complexity challenges, and to meet the needs of tight IT budgets (note that IDC also posted primary cloud services benefits), integration delivered as a cloud service will become one of the fastest growing areas of cloud computing.
- To avoid data fragmentation, CIOs will reject point-to-point integration services and look for true cloud-based integration platforms that will scale and grow with their business.
- IT organizations will look to extend their investment in data integration and data quality platforms to get more from all of their cloud-based assets.
- The recognition of the importance of integration to success in the clouds will lead to greater IT and business alignment (be sure to watch this Dreamforce ’09 session Integration: Crossing the Business / IT Divide featuring Amerigroup, Morgan Stanley, and TransUnion).
Here’s hoping all of your clouds are connected in 2010…