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August 2015, Volume 3, Number 4

Cloud-based integration seeks to tear down data silos

Formaspace was in a bind. A year ago, the Austin, Texas, maker of industrial and laboratory workbenches was poised for growth, but its IT systems weren't. The company had one application to collect information from prospective customers seeking price quotes, another to let people request printed brochures and a third to gather data for generating sales leads. Though they all played a role in landing new business, each application ran on its own server, apart from -- and unaware of -- the others. "We recognized a need to integrate these applications so they could share data and work together to help expand our business," said IT technician Loddie Alspach. "We also believed there was an opportunity to find an economical cloud platform where these applications and services could reside and be easily maintained." Formaspace isn't alone in allowing its systems to be disjointed and disconnected. As companies grow and evolve, they commonly add new applications to meet specific business needs that arise along the way. In many cases, ...

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