Cloud-based integration is a form of systems integration business delivered as a cloud computing service that addresses data, process, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and application integration.
Prior to the emergence of cloud computing, integration could be categorized as either internal or business to business (B2B). Internal integration requirements were serviced through an on-premises middleware platform and typically utilized a service bus to manage exchange of data between systems. B2B integration was serviced through EDI gateways or value-added network (VAN).
The Cloud’s Biggest Challenge is Integration
Although cloud evangelists are quick to point out the benefits of cloud computing technologies, enterprise leaders have identified integration as a major obstacle to successfully adopting and deploying Software as a Service (SaaS) and other web-based applications.
Integration raises another set of questions. The following points are worth keeping in mind when considering cloud integration solutions:
- Flexibility and Scalability
- Open Platform
In spite of the daunting challenges of cloud integration, many new solutions are on the rise.
The T&VS Solution for Cloud Integration
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 which includes:
- Data Integration
- Application Integration
Businesses have the option for choosing their own integration solutions or consult T&VS 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.
Benefits to Customers
Companies who use cloud integration have synchronized data and applications, improving their ability to operate effectively and lithely.
Major benefits include:
- Improved operational efficiency
- Increased flexibility and scalability
- Faster time-to-market
- Better internal communication and processes
- Improved customer service, support, and retention
- Increased competitive edge
- Reduced operational costs and increased revenue