What Is Cloud Integration?
BENEFITS OF CLOUD INTEGRATION: AN INTRODUCTION
Cloud Integration Defined
Cloud integration is a system of tools and technologies that connects various applications, systems, repositories, and IT environments for the real-time exchange of data and processes.
Deployments that are either fully in the cloud or hybrid are both considered cloud integration—the ultimate goal is to function as a cohesive IT infrastructure. Once combined, the data and integrated cloud services can then be accessed by multiple devices over a network or via the internet.
Why Use Cloud Integration?
Cloud integration was created to break down data silos, improve connectivity and visibility, and ultimately optimize business processes. It is a response to the need to share data among cloud-based applications and to unify information components.
Cloud integration has grown in popularity as the use of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions continues to increase. Studies have indicated that more than 90 percent of enterprises employ a multi-cloud strategy, and SaaS usage will soon outpace traditional product delivery.
Additionally, more businesses are operating with a hybrid mix of SaaS and on-premises applications, creating a greater need for progressive integration methods.
The Benefits of Cloud Integration
Improved operational efficiency
Increased flexibility and scalability
Better internal communication
Improved customer service, support, and retention
Increased competitive edge
Reduced operational costs and increased revenue
Cloud Integration Types and Methods
Integration in the cloud can involve creating cloud-to-cloud integration, cloud-to-on-premises integration, or a combination of both. Integrations can address different business components, including data and applications.
- Data integration – The synchronization of data between repositories. Data can be processed, transported and/or transformed during data integration. This is a strictly data-related connection.
- Application integration – Connects various applications and arranges continued functionality and interoperability. This is more than data sharing. It involves issuing requests and commands to trigger business events or processes.
Businesses have the option of building their own integration solutions or using a third-party provider to create cloud integrations. However, as the number of applications increases and cloud integrations grow more complex, it becomes far less scalable to build specialized in-house integrations that must be recreated for each project. Using a cloud integration platform empowers organizations to perform both application and data integration using an agile, scalable, reusable solution.
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