You probably won’t be surprised to find that cloud adoption is still driving integration, but you may be surprised to learn what that reveals about changing business priorities.
Constellation Research’s newest report confirms that, yes, organizations are still concerned with cloud integration. But the reasons have changed.
For several years now, integration has topped the list of concerns because it was unclear how to or who should manage the integration. Cloud vendors often left adopters on their own when it came to integration with on-premise systems or other cloud solutions. This created a lot of headaches for IT.
In recent years, a number of solutions have evolved to address cloud integration—not the least of which is that many cloud solutions now incorporate integration as part of their offering. So why does integration remain a top priority?
Ray Wang, Constellation Research founder, principal analyst and author of the report, told CRM that it’s because of three main drivers:
That last one surprised me, so let’s just pause to reflect on that, shall we?
It makes sense, of course, given the growing importance of external data sets, but it signifies a significant change over the past few decades, and even recent years, of the belief that “information is power.”
The phrasing used by CRM made me question what this means:
While CRM’s story didn’t address these particular points, it’s definitely worth reading. In addition to explaining these three integration drives, Wang warns CIOs about the dearth of cloud analytics tools and the implications for the “digital businesses.”