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August 2015, Volume 3, Number 4

Get to know the cloud integration environment

Many businesses dream of a single, all-encompassing cloud integration environment for their on-premises, cloud-based, software-as-a-service and legacy applications, plus various databases. Consultants and tools providers take a more-nuanced view, dividing integration into multiple facets. Here's a brief overview. Application integration: More fully known as enterprise application integration (EAI), it is the process of bringing functionality from one application together with that from other applications, regardless of where they reside. Customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, human capital management and supply chain management, along with business applications, such as sales and mobile e-commerce, are common candidates for EAI. An EAI architecture is often implemented through the use of middleware, supplied by a vendor or built in-house. Data governance: The overall management of the availability, usability, integrity and security of the data employed throughout a company is both a strategic business ...

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