SaaS Integration Uses Cases That Don’t Involve SaaS Application Data

Last week I wrote that a software as a service (SaaS) data integration solution does not have to be used for cloud-based data.  The post highlighted some of the questions that information architects, data integration developers and Informatica customers and partners in general ask when they learn more about the architecture of Informatica Cloud Services. Here are two use cases I’ve seen for data integration delivered as an on-demand service that are driven by the IT organization and don’t involve cloud-based applications like Salesforce.com:

  • IT provisions cloud integration services for the business:  In this use case, the IT organization recognizes that there are many, typically point-to-point, projects for which the enterprise-class data integration platform is not being leveraged. Dave Linthicum recently wrote about a study where, 73 percent of respondents said that cloud-based applications were enabling business users to skirt organizational controls.” Why not provision an easy-to-use integration tool to the business in order to help with your backlog of requests for pulls of data? Clearly there is a requirement for significant IT and business collaboration and trust here as the concept of data integration self-service is often a scary concept for both sides.
  • Mapping specifications: While Informatica 9 is a major step forward, from my experience many integration design specifications are still being done in complex Excel spreadsheets. The ability to quickly gather business requirements by exporting jobs built in the Cloud Services interface into PowerCenter can accelerate the prototype and development process, while also helping to ensure tight governance and control. Interoperability with the Informatica Platform is a major advantage over a so-called “rogue” integration tool and it can have a dramatic impact on your ability to deliver timely, trusted and relevant data across throughout the organization.

Both of these use cases are example of the IT organization taking advantage of cloud services to drive innovation while doing more with less. They’re also becoming widely adopted cloud integration use cases for organizations investing in an Integration Competency Center (ICC) and Lean Integration.

Watch this space for many more examples in the coming months and please don’t hesitate to share yours in the comments below…

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