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cloud computing trends in 2012
More and more, big organizations
are discovering and using enterprise information with the objective of growing or transforming their business as they seek
more holistic approaches to their data integration and data management practices. This is
all in an effort to address the challenges associated with the growing volume, variety, velocity and complexity of information.
In 2012, more companies will continue moving their business processes to the cloud, intensifying
expectations for cloud data integration and data management as a part of a company's information infrastructure.
The desired end result: to enable a more agile, quicker and more cost-effective response to business needs.
get a better handle on the way this approach to data is developing, we spoke to David Fox, director of B2B/EAI software development
for Liaison Technologies, a global provider of secure cloud-based integration and data management services and solutions.
Almost everything everyone does today in the cloud
as it pertains to data integration has been primarily business-to-business- (B2B-) focused. B2B in the cloud is now considered
"business as usual" and is increasingly regarded as a mature technology for solving B2B issues.
More vendors are now shifting their focus to leveraging enterprise application integration (EAI) to facilitate data integration
with back-end systems in the cloud. This includes using cloud-based data integration and data management for integrating on-premise
applications with each other, as well as integrating software as a service (SaaS) and cloud applications with on-premise and/or
other cloud-based applications.
Social networking, cloud services and mobile touch points have turned
business-to-consumer (B2C) on its ear. This trend requires some thought and consideration as we begin to see more importance
on the consumer as a service (CaaS) platform. Commerce APIs that enable contextual commerce experiences across touch points
are now a new focus, layering on and directly impacting existing B2B platforms.
The increase in B2C activity will
result in companies upgrading their on-premise and cloud-based B2B platforms to meet the challenge of real-time processing
from consumers to the back-end systems and back again.
Data as a service providers are emerging to aggregate
and manage large data sets from multiple sources to make this information more easily available and usable to businesses.
The trend is for more data providers and varied content to come online, as well as for cloud services brokerages to subscribe
to multiple data as a service providers on behalf of their customers.
These services will be used
for data enrichment, efficiency gains and process refinement.
cloud platforms for the future
Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) allows companies
to create data transformation and translation in the cloud, a growing trend that enables managed service providers to take
the burden off corporate IT staff. Companies are looking at iPaaS as well as managed service providers to help solve the problem
of data integration and management when moving on-premise business processes to the cloud.
Widespread adoption of cloud-based master data management
(MDM) will be fueled by full-service, turnkey solution providers. Vendors that offer a complete suite of services
to aggregate, manipulate, enrich and ensure data quality, and also meet data governance requirements, will be especially attractive
to midsized companies that don't have data management experts on staff or resources to build out a scalable IT infrastructure
to support on-premise MDM.
Because doing MDM in-house is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, MDM in the
cloud will see a dramatic increase in acceptance.
As customers put more of their data assets in the
hands of cloud vendors, they will demand readily-available visibility into the source of their data and how it is used, as
well as the business processes and audit logs for data governance in the cloud. Providers will be expected to make this information
visible in an easy-to-consume way.
Over the past few years, a plethora of privacy laws and industry data
security mandates have driven organizations of all sizes, across industries, to protect payment card and sensitive personally
identifiable and patient information at rest, on-premise.
As more companies move their back-end business processes
to the cloud, the need for data security in the cloud and in motion between on-premise and cloud-based systems and data repositories
correspondingly increases to lower risk and meet compliance requirements.
As systems change and the integration layer becomes abstracted to the
cloud, the burden of integration, maintenance and procurement will be lifted from corporate IT departments. Companies will
be freed up to shift their focus to more strategic activities like refining business processes and innovating. The physical
shift and the shift in focus mean that business process modeling (BPM) will move to the cloud.
will need to be understood and be able to be tuned and adapted to this rapidly changing environment.
As companies move more business processes to the cloud
and integrate them with on-premise and other cloud-based processes, the demand for business activity monitoring (BAM)—defined
by Gartner as the aggregation, analysis and presentation of real-time information about activities inside organizations and
involving customers and partners in the cloud—will increase to give business owners visibility into their cloud-based
data and traffic.
This visibility will strengthen confidence with cloud-based processes and provide
a level of understanding conducive to process refinement and optimization.
The challenge of managing multiple cloud providers and getting a diverse
set of solutions such as CRM, B2B, EAI, accounting and more to work together and share data can be daunting to IT departments
that are used to managing these solutions in-house.
As organizations increasingly outsource more business processes
to the cloud, they'll turn to full-service cloud services brokerages (CSBs) that should have the expertise and technology
to manage their cloud providers and the connections, as well as handle data management and integration between multiple cloud
providers and on-premise processes.