Informatica Cloud Summer 2011: Powering Hybrid IT

Informatica Cloud Summer 2011

In early 2009 Informatica Cloud vice president and general manager Ron Papas wrote about what he called “Inside Out or Outside In” salesforce.com data integration. He characterized “Inside Out” this way:

“An inside out integration solution, also known as an on premise solution is one that is installed inside a company’s firewall on a server (or a vendor provided appliance) and maintained by IT.”

He contrasted it to on-demand data integration, which he referred to as “Outside In,” which he defined 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.”
Well fast-forward to Summer 2011, Informatica has announced that the latest Informatica Cloud release is focused on delivering enterprise-class functionality. Clearly these distinctions are blurring as most, if not all, IT organizations are now adapting to and embracing cloud computing and seeking new ways to align with the business. As Michael Vizard put it in this article:
“Done right, cloud computing will allow IT organizations to recast the role they play within their organization. Rather than being a hindrance, cloud computing provides the IT organization with a framework through which the business can integrate data at will. In the context of business, information is power.” 
I’ve written quite about the new reality of hybrid IT recently and the challenges of data fragmentation across cloud and on-premise environments. Are the days of outside in and inside out cloud data integration over as IT organizations are increasingly involved in solving the challenges of “SaaS Sprawl?”
I’m not so sure.
Perhaps we’re simply entering into an era of “Two-Tier Cloud Integration,” where IT organizations expect that enterprise-ready cloud vendors are able to deliver the security, reliability, and trustworthiness that they require, while facilitating and enabling various degrees of self-service from the business. When it comes to cloud integration, Informatica Cloud Summer 2011 is clearly a step in this direction.
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