An IT Renaissance in the Cloud

Michael Vizard
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One of the things that business executives rue about the state of enterprise IT is the general lack of flexibility associated with it. The business clearly depends on IT more than ever, and yet, the rigid nature of IT frequently means the business innovation is held back by the inability of IT to quickly adapt to new business processes.

For more years than anyone cares to admit, this state of business affairs has been generally accepted as just the way things are. But with the advent of cloud computing there is now an opportunity to reshape IT in the enterprise in a way that enables, rather than inhibits, flexibility.

In fact, Darren Cunningham, vice president of marketing for Informatica Cloud, says we're starting to see the emergence of Renaissance IT executives who are using cloud computing to inject newfound agility and flexibility into their company's business operations. These IT executives, he says, are aware of the risks associated with cloud computing, but those risks can be managed while still allowing the business to compete more effectively by leveraging cloud computing services.

A key enabling technology for providing that flexibility, says Cunningham, is middleware services in the cloud. These services won't replace the need for middleware on premise, but when deployed in a hybrid computing model they will allow IT organizations to create highly flexible IT architectures that can be federated across public and private cloud computing services.

Informatica today release a 2011 summer edition of Informatica Cloud that among other things adds support for REST application programming interfaces, master data management (MDM) controls that embed directly into applications such as, more granular access controls and a flexible job scheduling tool.

Done right, cloud computing will allow IT organizations to recast the role they play within their organization. Rather than being a hindrance, cloud computing provides the IT organization with a framework through which the business can integrate data at will. In the context of business, information is power. Ultimately, it's the job of the IT department to give business executives all the power they need to effect change as rapidly as possible, which is a role that Cunningham says the next generation of IT leaders are more than eager to play.

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