Four Ways to Solve Cloud Integration, for Better or Worse

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  • Most organizations feel they do not have the skills in-house to build custom code.
  • It’s time consuming.
  • Point-to-point integration can be easily broken if anything changes, and APIs do change. Ask your service provider about API updates. Be sure to attach service-level agreements so you won’t be caught disconnected. If you’re hand-coding multiple cloud integrations using API calls, consider investing in an API management tools.
  • Custom integration does not scale well.
  • API calls are not really designed to handle batch integration work. That’s more the domain of an ETL process.
  • You may be able to find existing integration connectors that are maintained by someone else….keep reading for more on that option.

Integration continues to be a major challenge for both cloud adopters and cloud vendors. A recent KPMG survey found that of approximately 350 executives, nearly a third found cloud to be harder and more expensive than they anticipated, in large part because of integration problems.

There are four basic options for solving cloud integration. Keep in mind that your cloud service provider may offer these options for free or as an add-on, but your organization can also handle the integration separately with a third-party provider or by building it yourself.

 

Related Topics : Cloud Computing, Dell, Services Vendors, SMBs, Web Platform Vendors

 
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