2011 #Cloud Integration Predictions in Review

‘Tis the season, but before I post my 2012 cloud integration predictions, I thought I’d spend a few minutes scoring how I did this year.  Last year I predicted the following:

  1. Cloud adoption will drive two-tier cloud integration strategies
  2. LOB-driven cloud integration projects will lead to strategic MDM initiatives
  3. Cloud integration platforms will emerge
  4. Database.com will gain enterprise adoption
  5. Private Cloud confusion will continue

Here’s my assessment:

1) Cloud Adoption Drives Two-Tier Cloud Integration Strategies

Just like the initial appeal of software –as-a-service (SaaS) applications, more and more organizations are clearly attracted to the benefits of agile, cloud-based integration services that are easy to implement and easy to use.  As one salesforce.com customer said to me in 2011, “if the integration tool can’t keep up with application, it’s not going to be successful.” The trouble is, there is still a lot of rogue cloud data integration purchasing going on in the enterprise. While 2011 saw a pendulum shift back to corporate IT organizations in terms of prioritizing proper cloud governance and control, very few organizations have come to realize the hybrid deployment possibilities of a cloud-based integration service that can deliver complete interoperability with the in-house corporate data integration standard. Two-tier cloud integration is happening. Now it’s time for the application and data integration teams to realize that they can deploy a single, unified platform that enables controlled self-service while at the same time supporting broader data integration and data quality use cases.

Grade:  C+ (Although I should note that Informatica Cloud Summer 2011 release focused on security and user management for enterprise IT.)

2) LOB-Driven Cloud Integration Projects Lead to Strategic MDM Initiatives

Who will be the customer master? It’s become a big topic in 2011. Salesforce.com announced the “Social Profile” at Dreamforce. LinkedIn announced they have over 130 million members. And Multi-domain master data management (MDM) continues to be a top priority in the Fortune 1000. But again, I question whether organizations are starting to “connect the dots” when it comes to the typical customer master sync, point-to-point cloud integration use cases and strategic MDM initiatives. It’s coming though.

Grade: B- (I’m starting to hear examples of cloud integration customers broadening to MDM – feel free to share you experiences! This is a great topic for Informatica World 2012!)

3) The Rise of the Cloud Integration Platform

iPaaS arrived in 2011. Gartner has published quite a bit of research on the topic of Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) and will be diving into details at their Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit next week in Las Vegas. In fact, according to the agenda of the event, “Cloud is the #1 area of interest for Gartner clients” and there is a dedicated track focused on The Business of the Cloud and other Cloud Computing topics. According to Gartner analyst Massimo Pezzini, iPaaS, “enables the running and governance, in the cloud, of application, service, data and process integration flows. iPaaS will support several scenarios, including some of those now supported by on-premises platforms like EBS and SOA governance tools.”

Grade: A (Thanks to lots of published analyst research and attention…and did I mention what’s new in Informatica Cloud Winter 2012?)

4) Enterprise Database.com Adoption

I might have been a bit pre-mature with this prediction, but that’s not to say that it’s not coming.  Database.com opened for business in August 2011 (just in time for Dreamforce 2011) with a focus on mobile application development and of course the “social revolution.”  According to salesforce.com, “Database.com is a modern and open service that grew up and scaled in the cloud. It has been built with the needs of a social and mobile world at its core, not as an afterthought.” Stay tuned for greater Database.com adoption in 2012…

Grade: D (I clearly got a little swept up in the December Dreamforce 2010 excitement – can you blame ?)

5) Private Cloud Confusion Continues

I don’t think this one was surprising and I’m not really sure how much progress has been made in 2011. With big public cloud announcements from Oracle at Open World (which was  trumped by salesforce.com in terms of marketing xecution I thought) and lots of private cloud noise and cloud washing from enterprise software vendors, cloud terminology confusion reigned in 2011. I did a quick comparison on Google Trends and it’s clear that the public vs. private cloud battle rages on.

Grade A (Yes, I realize this was the easiest prediction, but I’ll take the high grade nonetheless.)

So how do you think I did? What did I miss? Do you agree with my assessment? By the way, here’s how I assessed my 2010 predictions. I’ll be posting my 2012 cloud integration predictions shortly and would appreciate any feedback that you have.

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