Wednesday 17 April 2013
IT leaders should extend the reach of their established integration strategy to cover cloud services integration (CSI), it has been claimed.
Gartner vice-president and fellow Massimo Pezzini said the problem of integrating cloud-based systems with each other and with established on-premises infrastructure should be addressed with "the same rigour and discipline that organisations have adopted to support on-premises data and application integration or e-commerce B2B integration".
He argued that establishing a separate strategy for CSI would cause "ineffective duplication" of efforts, technology infrastructures and skills.
This approach would also lead to higher costs in skills and technology infrastructure, and technical and organisational complexities.
Mr Pezzini said that although CSI addresses the same basic problem as traditional application and data integration, the discipline of integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) has emerged over the past few years to address this specific challenge.
"Organisations are increasingly turning to iPaaS offerings because of their close affinity with Software-as-a-Service and the anticipated greater ease of use, lower costs and faster time-to-integration than traditional integration platforms," he stated.
Gartner predicts that by 2016, at least 35 per cent of all large and midmarket organisations worldwide will be using one or more iPaaS offerings in some form.
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Posted by Alex Boardman