Unless you've been living in a cloud, by now you know all about the integration issues with cloud computing.
Let's say you have been living in cloud city. No worries; in brief, cloud integration is an issue because:
And this is an issue for businesses because, as David Linthicum recently explained:
Now that we're clear on the problem, we can start to talk about a solution, right? Linthicum got the ball rolling in his post, offering three suggestions for how you can best head off these issues before you move to the cloud.
As often happens with these things, ReadWriteCloud's Alex Williams piggybacked off Linthicum's piece, adding his own take. And though it's slightly different, I also found a relevant TechTarget podcast on SaaS integration featuring data guru and consultant Rick Sherman of Athena IT.
Here's what I took away from all these readings: Cloud and SaaS integration is solvable, but as with most things integration, it's actually more of a planning issue than a technology question. Or, put another way -- we're back on that old enterprise architecture question again.
That said, there are a few specific steps these pieces recommended:
Sherman's podcast focuses on SaaS, but I recommend it anyway, since there are some common issues there when you're dealing with data integration. He also offers advice for those who are contemplating handling their own integration or hiring a systems integrator.
As Williams notes, there are a lot of options out there. If you're really not sure where to start, Arthur Cole discussed about some of the smaller, though not too small, vendor solutions in a recent IT Business Edge post.