While APIs have opened the door to cloud app integration, there is still a long road ahead to universal cloud standards. Proprietary interests have segmented the cloud into disparate parts and the responsibility falls to developers to connect them all into a unified application. That said, the cloud's advantages -- namely, easy data access, fast user experience, a reliable development environment and innovative deployment tools -- often outweigh the associated challenges.
This essential guide features articles that explain the fundamentals of cloud app integration. Some stories provide business strategies for tackling integration projects; others review tools and services that can help along the way.
The basics of cloud app integration
For cloud app integration newcomers, it's important to have a grasp of the fundamentals before diving into the planning phase. This section covers the basics, from the different types of cloud app integration to the integration challenges facing businesses today.
Alan Earls explains why the rapid adoption of the cloud is creating data integration problems, and what to do about it. Continue Reading
Cloud application integration is a big challenge, one that's too big for some IT departments. Continue Reading
Tools and platforms to ease integration challenges
The following articles explore the different kinds of tools and platforms available to developers. Read on for important selection criteria and sound decision-making advice to help cut through vendor hype.
Learn about the decisions IT managers must make when it comes to cloud integration tools, platforms and architectures. Continue Reading
Learn how running a cloud integration platform can add value to your integration process. Continue Reading
Cloud expert Jeff Kaplan delivers in-depth advice on cloud-to-cloud integration, as well as tool and services selection criteria. Continue Reading
Not all cloud integration platforms are created equal. Learn the specific differences to examine when selecting the right cloud integration platform. Continue Reading
Accommodating cloud integration tools within cloud deployment is a complex but necessary undertaking. Tom Nolle explains why. Continue Reading
Strategizing for a cloud app integration project
A successful cloud app integration project requires more than just good tools. The following articles help businesses implement an efficient workflow and keep up to date on the latest integration trends.
To create a successful cloud integration strategy, architects first need to get serious about workflow analysis. Continue Reading
More enterprises are turning to cloud connector and data integrator products to meet their enterprise application integration needs, experts say. Continue Reading
Software tester Amy Reichert reviews the top iPaaS vendors and offers advice on choosing between veteran companies and those born in the cloud. Continue Reading
When, how and why to use iPaaS
IPaaS is gaining traction in the enterprise as a means of integrating data, processes and application components. However, lack of trust concerning iPaaS's security still discourages some from adopting the service. The following tips list the pros and con of iPaaS and can help determine who is a fit for this up-and-coming middleware.
Gartner's Pezzini sees good uses of the iPaaS, or integration Platform as a Service. Users say data and security issues may be obstacles. Continue Reading
IPaaS is gaining traction with cloud services and enterprise app integration. Ovum IT's Saurabh Sharma shares iPaaS best practices. Continue Reading