As more IT organizations get comfortable with deploying middleware in the cloud, the need to integrate traditional enterprise applications with those emerging in the cloud starts to grow.
To address that specific issue, Informatica today will announce that support for native SAP application connectors, which include access to SAP metadata along with Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) support for the SAP HANA in-memory computing platform, will be included in the summer release of Informatica Cloud.
Other new connectors that are being made available in the Informatica Cloud Marketplace Mall include connectors for Microsoft SharePoint, MongoDB, JSON, Hive and QuickBooks Online.
According to Darren Cunningham, vice president of marketing for Informatica Cloud, IT organizations are now moving well beyond integrating cloud applications. They want to leverage middleware services in the cloud to now integrate thousands of cloud applications with on-premise applications.
As part of the effort, they are also looking for business process management (BPM) templates that can be automatically invoked. To that end, Cunningham says the summer release of Informatica Cloud features tighter integration with the BPM technology that Informatica gained when it acquired Active Endpoints last year.
In addition, the summer release of Informatica Cloud features the beta version of a new mobile application that makes it easier to integrate other mobile applications with Informatica Cloud.
With enterprise IT becoming more extended in the age of the cloud than ever, it makes sense that focal points for integrating applications is beginning to shift towards the cloud. Not only is it easier to have someone else set up and maintain the middleware environment, it generally provides a more flexible approach to integration that winds up making the IT organization a whole lot more agile compared to the more traditional approach of deploying and then trying to manage middleware services on premise.