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August 2015, Volume 3, Number 4

Choose carefully among cloud data integration providers

As businesses race to integrate their legacy applications, cloud-based software-as-a-service subscriptions and enterprise databases, vendors are lining up for a slice of the pie. A 2014 Forrester Research report on hybrid integration considered 51 criteria and identified 14 vendors that make the cut. The criteria encompassed several areas, including application integration using an enterprise service bus, API management, multi-tenant services and business process management. Ash Kulkarni, senior vice president and general manager of Informatica's cloud data integration unit, believes several key questions must be asked of any cloud integration vendor under consideration. Ash Kulkarni "Think about what rules to apply as data moves between clouds and what kinds of users can get access to applications and data," Kulkarni said. Those users typically range from employees to the general public. The vendor must understand, for example, which data fields need to be masked from unauthorized personnel, such as salary or credit -- and it ...

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