Earlier today I stumbled across this succinct post by David Linthicum on the ebizQ site, “Leveraging Information and Intelligence.” Great opening line:
“As cloud computing begins to gain traction within the enterprise, there seems to be a refocus on data integration.”
David makes the point that integration often goes unaccounted for in terms of cost and complexity as more and more applications move to the cloud. But as he points out, experience shows that “data integration is systematic to everything.” So as you move more apps to the cloud and begin to think about loading, replicating, synchronizing, monitoring, and integrating data across multiple systems (including on-premise of course), here are some of the on-demand data integration ROI benefits to consider:
- Business user graphical interface (users should be able to get up and running quickly with minimal training)
- No coding, no software (therefore less IT involment required)
- Rapid deployment (go live in in days or weeks)
- Upgrades at no cost (look for multitenancy)
- Security and data integrity (look for SAS-70 compliance)
- Real time monitoring and scheduling over the web
- Connectivity to a broad range of business applications
- Vendor visibility into your usage and adoption (aka a focus on customer success)
- Subscription pricing (capex vs. opex)
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first week of this blog. I’ve also extended the SaaS Business Intelligence LinkedIn group to include Integration. You’re welcome to join the discussion there as well.
Have a great weekend!