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Cloud Integration Evolution: From Outside in to Inside Out?

A few years ago Informatica’s Ron Papas wrote a blog post called – 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.”


Talking About Hybrid IT with @LoraineLawson

Over at ITBusinessEdge, Loraine Lawson published a discussion we had recently, which was primarily focused on the Informatica Cloud Winter 2012 release. The conversation ended up getting into the topic of “hybrid IT.” I was asked if companies are really pursuing Private Clouds and had this to say:

“If you’re, you say that private cloud is like a unicorn, it doesn’t really exist and it’s everyone liking the benefits of cloud computing but feeling like there’s too much risk in terms of security and data privacy and those sorts of things. At Oracle Open World, I had several enterprise architects come up to me and say there’s two things I want to talk about: cloud computing and Big Data. And I said, so you’re an enterprise architect and you’re trying to figure out a blueprint for your company? Absolutely.

When it comes to cloud, one guy went so far as to say, “We will not do any public cloud in our company. It’s going to be 100 percent private.” And then you ask him are there any SaaS applications in your business? “Oh, yeah, they’re all over the place.” Well, good luck, right? Good luck shutting all that down and going 100 percent private, it’s just not going to happen. That’s why I think it is going to be a mix. It is going to be hybrid, whether it’s public-private, whether it’s cloud and on-premise. Hybrid is the new black.”

Accurate? Way off? I’m interested in the discussion.

#GartnerAADI Tweet Stream in Review

This past week I attended Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development and Integration (AADI) summit in Vegas. The tagline for the conference was:  “Cloud, Web, Mobile and Social: Rocking Your Enterprise Application Strategy.” To illustrate how “All In” Gartner when it comes to cloud computing adoption, the conference featured two tracks on the topic:

There was also a track with significant cloud content called: Architecture for Postmodern IT: SOA, WOA, EDA, and Cloud.

I plan to post some observations and notes on the Perspectives blog next week, but just looking at the #gartnerAADI stream of tweets from the conference tells the story. Here are few of my favorites:

That’s to Gartner for a fantastic event! Lots of great sessions, customer and analyst discussions. With SAP’s announcement of their acquisition of SuccessFactors, 2012 is definitely shaping up to be the biggest year yet for cloud computing adoption in the enterprise and cloud integration will continue to be a hot topic.

Cloud Architect Anyone?

I thought this was interesting – why you need a cloud architect“It’s orchestral.”  Go Arthur!

I then took a look at’s trending of cloud architect vs. cloud integration. Looks like cloud integration is in even higher demand…

Speaking of cloud integration jobs, did I mention I’m hiring?

Cloud in Action Interview: From Cloud Skeptical to Cloud First

I posted an interview yesterday on the blog with an IT thought leader in the financial services industry: From Cloud Skeptical to Cloud Curious to Cloud First. A few highlights:

“In the past I wasn’t building and managing infrastructure in the cloud, but rather using applications to perform end-user tasks. With the evolution of solutions like Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Informatica Cloud, my thinking has evolved to the point where I believe corporations can build out their entire application infrastructure in the Public Cloud. ”

“….the only obstacles to businesses moving applications to the cloud right now are:

  • Cost
  • Connectivity Speed
  • Lack of familiarity on behalf of in-house IT teams”

You can read the entire interview here.

SIIA’s Vision from the Top

Want to know what CEOs at leading technologies think about trends in security, enterprise mobility, social media, government technology, various industry verticals and horizontal markets, and more? Be sure to download SIIA’s Vision from the Top.

From Informatica’s CEO Sohaib Abbasi:

“The growing adoption of the three new platforms – Cloud Computing, Social Computing and Mobile Computing – will elevate the strategic role of a comprehensive data integration platform to leverage the wealth of information assets.”

Contributors this year:

  • Ezequiel Steiner, CEO, Acumatica
  • Eileen Boerger, President, Agilis Solutions
  • David Roth, CEO & Co-Founder, AppFirst
  • Chris Barbin, CEO, Appirio
  • Gil Zimmerman, CEO & Co-Founder, Cloudlock
  • Carmen Sebe, CEO, Avangate
  • René Lacerte, CEO & Founder,
  • Steve Van Till, President, CEO & Co-Founder, Brivo Systems
  • Paul Sorrentino, Founder & CEO, Centah
  • Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO & Co-Founder, Clarizen
  • Feyzi Fatehi, CEO, Corent Technology, Inc.
  • Joseph Payne, CEO, Eloqua Limited
  • Kjell Backlund, CEO, Emillion Oy
  • Jeremy Roche, CEO & President,
  • Audrey Spangenberg, CEO & Chairperson, FPX
  • Roman Stanek, Founder & CEO, GoodData
  • Frank Traylor, CEO, Govascend
  • Scott Burns, CEO & Co-Founder, GovDelivery
  • Morris Panner, CEO, GroupFlier
  • Jon Kondo, President & CEO, Host Analytics
  • Sohaib Abbasi, Chairman & CEO, Informatica
  • Umberto Milletti, CEO, InsideView
  • Brad Smith, President & CEO, Intuit
  • Umang Gupta, Chairman & CEO, Keynote Systems
  • Phil Fernandez, President & CEO, Marketo
  • Kevin Dobbs, Owner & Managing Partner, Montclair Advisors
  • Zach Nelson, President & CEO, NetSuite, Inc.
  • Neil Wainwright, CEO, Nexonia, Inc.
  • Treb Ryan, CEO, OpSource, Inc.
  • Andre Durand, Chairman & CEO, Ping Identity
  • Mark Symonds, President & CEO, Plex Systems, Inc.
  • Lars Björk, CEO, QlikView
  • Jim Whitehurst, President & CEO, Red Hat
  • Greg Gianforte, Founder & CEO, RightNow
  • Markku Montonen, Chairman & CEO, RM5 Software Oy
  • Bill Loss, CEO,
  • Mark Floyd, CEO, SafeNet
  • Bill McNee, Founder & CEO, Saugatuck Technology
  • Jan Aleman, CEO, Servoy
  • Robert La Loggia, President, CEO & Founder, StormSource Software
  • Enrique Salem, President & CEO, Symantec
  • Marcellus Buchheit, President & CEO, Wibu-Systems USA, Inc.
  • Christopher Cabrera, CEO, Xactly
  • Paul Lambert, CTO & CEO, Ltd.
  • Jerry Merritt, President & CEO, ZirMed, Inc.

Cloud Computing: Is Hybrid the New Black?

Sandhill.comI posted my second “Cloud in Action” article on this week: “Is Hybrid “The New Black” in The Era of Cloud Computing?” It’s a summary of a conversation I had recently with an Informatica Cloud customer who spearheaded a line of business-driven cloud data integration implementation. The interview highlights how much things have changed in terms of SaaS acceptance and adoption in the enterprise and points to some best-practices that more and more enterprise IT organizations are embracing to improve alignment with the business.

“…we now receive corporate guidance on how SaaS should be evaluated and implemented. I no longer feel like IT is trying to slow me down. Instead, their goal has been made clear: facilitate business continuity with no risk. We’ve established guidelines, governance and processes, which are actually very helpful.”

I’m interested in your feedback and experiences. You can read the entire interview here.

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