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Re-Imagining the Future of Software and Technology as We Know It

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I wrote a summary of my 2012 cloud integration predictions on the Informatica Perspectives blog, but haven’t yet posted 2013 predictions. Today Mary Meeker’s slides are making their way through corporate boardrooms at most, if not all, technology companies, not to mention getting some great coverage across the web. Here’s the presentation. I really like the “re-imagine” section. There’s no doubt that cloud computing and software as a service (Saas) have forced a great deal of re-imagination in the traditional application, platform, middleware and infrastructure  markets. Marc Andreessen believes that 2012 Will Be Remembered As The Year Of SaaS. Some have said that “Cloud and Data are the New Black” (although black clouds are generally not a good thing, right?).

One thing is for sure, whether it’s social, mobile, cloud, analytics, Big Data or [insert secular megatrend here], two words we’re going to hear a lot of in 2013 are:  “re-imagine” and “disruption.”

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Cloud Integration for the Social Enterprise

Yesterday I moderated an Informatica Cloud webinar with CloudTrigger, “a leader in cloud professional services and applications that accelerate customer success by maximizing return on investment.” There were some great points made about the importance of data integration and data quality to cloud application adoption and to becoming what salesforce.com calls the Social Enterprise.  Here’s the recording:

 

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.”

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 Salesforce.com, 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.

BBC News on Cloud Computing: Going Beyond Buzzwords

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It’s not just the questions I get asked, but the articles I’m now reading also indicate to me that cloud computing has reached a tipping point in the enterprise. This statement from Oracle’s Larry Ellison on the importance of the cloud to the company’s earnings is also a pretty good indicator:

“In Q3, we signed several large hardware and software deals with some of the biggest names in cloud computing….Oracle is the technology that powers the cloud.”

Clearly the cloud is not just “water vapor,” as he once so famously claimed.

This week the BBC published a great article on cloud computing with a very (and fairly mainstream) bent: Cloud computing: How to get your business ready. While it doesn’t specifically call out the important role of cloud data integration (the topic of one of my first posts on this blog), the article does include a nice overview of the different flavors of cloud computing and a six-step checklist from Symantec for organizations “moving into the cloud:”

  1. Check out the reputation of the service provider.
  2. Security is key.
  3. Investigate how the cloud provider makes back-up copies of your data, how you can move the data to another provider, and what happens if the provider goes out of business.
  4. Work hard to get a good service level agreement with clear financial penalties to ensure a good service.
  5. Be wary of industry certifications, because they capture just a moment in time.
  6. Try the service.

The BBC article also includes commentary on the cultural aspects of moving to the cloud. Ironically (at least to me), it’s a representative from Microsoft who points out: “Moving into the cloud is a cultural shift as well as a technology shift.”

Be sure to read the entire BBC Business News article on Cloud Computing here.

Cloud Integration: The Capability that will Drive Mainstream Cloud Adoption

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Just came across this post: Top 2010 Cloud Stories: How Will it Impact Your Business? It contains lots of great year-in-review highlights and some useful research links. Here’s the summary of cloud integration:

“Cloud integration is seen as the capability that will drive mainstream Cloud adoption. Integration is the top reason why companies are uncomfortable with moving to the Cloud but more companies are marketing integration solutions that bridge the gap between on-premise and cloud solutions and glue cloud-based apps together.”

Be sure to read the entire article here.


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