Survey after survey shows that integration remains a serious issue for cloud adoption. Although fewer organization see it as an obstacle, one survey by InformationWeek found that integration of cloud services frustrates organizations—with one-third of respondents refusing to even try integration. Those who do try often resort to custom-code, with all the headaches that entails.
As you can imagine, integration vendors are targeting that need.
The accounts I’m reading say Informatica’s Cloud Winter 2014—unveiled last week before the Amazon Web Services re:Invent—takes major steps toward easing some of those integration pain points, at least for large organizations.
Informatica Cloud is built upon the company’s virtual data machine engine, Vibe. As I wrote in summer, Vibe isn’t actually new, but it has been slimmed down so it can be easily embedded. That makes it friendly for applications, devices and, of course, the cloud. So what’s the big deal about this new release?
Cloud integration solutions have matured in the past five years, according to Mike West, a vice president and distinguished analyst at Saugatuck Technology.
“Solution providers have generally focused on segments based on size: small-to-midsize, e.g., Scribe, midmarket and up, e.g., Dell Boomi and Mulesoft, and large and very large enterprises, e.g., IBM/CastIron and Informatica,” West writes. “Informatica’s recent announcements position it very well in the large enterprise markets because of a coherent platform and a clear roadmap for enhancing its support of hybrid Cloud solutions.”
For some reason, it seems we’re re-enacting the old days with on-premise integration, moving from custom-code to platform solutions. Perhaps we’ll see fewer complaints about integration as organizations find these solutions.