SaaS Data Integration for SaaS Applications

It’s no secret that software as a service (SaaS) applications like Salesforce CRM, Eloqua, Workday, NetSuite and Concur, to name a few, often get their start in the enterprise through individual departments, divisions and subsidiaries. Known for their rapid deployment times, frequent feature releases with API updates and end-user ease of use, SaaS applications are typically much more dynamic than on-premise business applications. New fields and objects can be added with a few clicks by line-of-business administrators, analysts and operational roles. So when it comes to data integration, waiting for IT to redevelop and deploy mappings every time there is a metadata change typically doesn’t meet the expectations of business users and application owners, who are used to greater speed and agility in the cloud.

With SaaS applications gaining a larger footprint in the enterprise, it’s essential to have a hybrid IT strategy that balances this need for speed with strong governance and control. This is why Informatica’s unified, SaaS-based approach to SaaS application integration is getting so much attention. Whether the requirement is to  replicate cloud data, synchronize data with other cloud and on-premise systems, validate postal address data, or even perform basic data integration tasks that only involve data behind your firewall, the use cases for Informatica Cloud continue to expand. (And I didn’t even mention the new master data management (MDM) capabilities for salesforce.com customers!)

In this series of blog posts, I’ll outline specific ways Informatica Cloud data integration can extend your use of PowerCenter and empower the hybrid IT enterprise. In the meantime, here are a few resources to help you get started:

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