Posts Tagged 'hybrid IT'

Cloud Integration and Data Management at Informatica World 2013

I recorded a brief video this week on the new Hybrid IT track that will be a big part of Informatica World 2013. It wasn’t too long ago that there were only a few sessions focused on the topic of cloud integration.

What’s changed?

Analyst firms like Gartner are publishing more and more research on the importance of integration platform as a service (see: Enterprises Should Use iPaaS for Cloud Integration) and enterprise IT organizations continue to seek new ways to keep up with the need for speed, while maintaining good governance practices as SaaS application adoption continues to accelerate.

Join the Informatica team in Las Vegas in June to learn more.

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Cloud Data Management in the Spotlight

This week I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar featuring two great subject matter experts on the topic of cloud data management in the era of hybrid IT:

Mike West outlined why “hybrid” (or highly interwoven) deployments are the new normal for enterprise IT. He reviewed how the coud is radically changing the role of enterprise IT and why data management must be a part of an overall cloud strategy. He identified 7 trends of the so-called Boundary Free Enterprise and pointed to these 5 best practices:

  1. Commit to (Cloud) Data Management
  2. Manage the Organizational Issues
  3. Partner with a Data Management Provider
  4. Manage Both Control and Access
  5. Approach Data Management as Value Creation

Andrew Bartels shared the story of how he led the transition at his company to “cloud first” and drove Salesforce adoption from a peripheral system to a key driver of business performance and success. Andrew spoke passionately about the need to treat data as an asseet and concluded with the following words of advice:

  • Communication is key
  • Focus on real needs not just philosophy
  • Establish a Data Committee
  • Become a partner & not an obstacle
  • Integration & accessibility is key
  • Be prepared for a long road

I’ve embedded the video below and posted the slides on Slideshare. There’s some great insight here. I hope you find the discussion interesting and useful – I sure did!

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.

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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