How to Better Integrate Cloud Apps by Managing the Integration Lifecycle

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Development phase

The development phase includes treating integration as a team sport, reusing assets, and documenting as you go.

In the development phase, you can reduce project length, cost and risk by:

  • Using a collaborative work environment to leverage the knowledge of various application experts. Putting the integration in the hands of just one person leads to mistakes and incorrect assumptions.
  • Identifying repetitive actions and building a library of resources you can reuse (e.g., building a class or using a cache). Reuse can reduce development time, limit failure points, make modification easier and optimize performance.
  • Documenting integration logic so downstream integration project participants can more easily understand, debug and/or change integrations. Select self-documenting solutions to streamline this process.

Integrating on-premise systems and applications was tough enough, but the cloud era – and the rise of hybrid environments – brings its own unique integration challenges. In today's cloud world, organizations large and small have more fragmented application portfolios than ever before. Complicating the integration challenge even further is the fact that cloud applications change at five to 10 times the pace of traditional on-premise applications, while at the same time increasingly data-driven, line-of-business users are demanding high quality data and are expecting "plug and play" applications that connect immediately.

While plug-and-play applications may be in our future as more SaaS providers embed integration technology into their applications, it's not yet a reality in most cases. In this slideshow, John Joseph, vice president of marketing at Scribe Software, explains how IT managers and systems integrators (SIs) can keep pace with increasingly demanding integration needs by taking steps to manage the entire cloud integration lifecycle.

John Joseph is vice president of marketing, Scribe Software. For more than 20 years, John has been driving the product and marketing strategies of software companies with breakthrough products, including platforms related to data integration and analytics. John earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT, an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.


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