Integration: A SaaS/Cloud Buzzkill?

With all of the excitement around SaaS and Cloud Computing these days, sometimes it seems that bringing up the topic of integration can be a bit of a buzzkill.

“Oh wait, we need to think about integrating our SaaS applications with our on-premise systems and other cloud-based apps? Isn’t that IT’s job? We didn’t plan for that? We don’t have time, skills, and/or resources for integration. Isn’t that hard to do?”

Sound familiar?

wilford-brimleyNot to get all Wilford Brimley on you, but this week David Linthicum has posted another great common-sense article called, “The integration challenges of cloud computing.” When considering whether or not you should consider “software-based on-premise tools,” “on-premise-based hardware appliance-based tools,” or “cloud-delivered integration tools,” he recommends that you consider:

  • Firewall mediation
  • Performance required
  • Maintenance and upgrades
  • Governance
  • Security

Be sure to read the full article here. No go and eat your oatmeal!


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