Cloud Integration Evolution: From Outside in to Inside Out?

A few years ago Informatica’s Ron Papas wrote a blog post called – Salesforce.com Integration – Inside Out or Outside In.  He defined an “outside in” cloud integration solution as, ” ideal for organizations with limited IT resources that will rely on their Salesforce Administrator or a line of business analyst to do that work.”

I was recently interviewed by Ron Powell of the ByeNetwork about the evolution of cloud-based data  integration  and noted that increasingly enterprise IT organizations are seeking to take advantage of this model to complement and extend their on-premise deployments in order to delver well-governed self-service to the business.

Chris Boorman, Informatica’s CMO, also picked up this theme in an update – Unification: Enterprise Integration meets Departmental Integration via the Cloud. He highlighted 4 key guiding Informatica Cloud principles:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Rapid Deployment
  3. Security
  4. Unification

So how much has really changed when it comes to cloud data integration in the enterprise?

Do you agree with this statement from my interview:

“Fast forward to 2012, and it’s amazing to see the tipping point we have reached. It has become cloud first. Now, in many – if not most – IT organizations, you have to justify why an application, platform, or infrastructure investment isn’t cloud based. It’s been an interesting transition over the last few years, and I think it has accelerated faster than anyone would have guessed.”

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3 Responses to “Cloud Integration Evolution: From Outside in to Inside Out?”


  1. 1 Xyleme 2012/03/22 at 10:25 am

    Cloud based applications allow for more control. The data in the cloud can be used anywhere at anytime and on numerous devices. In today’s mobile world accessibility is an important success factor.

  2. 2 frankcarlos 2012/03/26 at 9:13 am

    Yes it´s real, an important tendency today and will become stronger till 2014.


  1. 1 Cloud Integration for the Social Enterprise « In(tegrate) the Clouds Trackback on 2012/03/28 at 8:30 pm

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