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December 23, 2009

Cloud Data Integration Issues: Why Large Enterprises are Reluctant to Adopt Cloud Services

Filed under: Data Integration, Data Migration — Olga Belokurskaya @ 8:37 am

First of all, are they reluctant? According to an article at ebizQ I’ve stumbled upon, large enterprises “typically don’t deploy latest versions of anything, anytime soon.” This is more than fair when we speak about cloud computing. Small and mid-sized companies adopt cloud services much faster, notwithstanding the fact that cloud adopters may face security and data integration issues.

So, why data integration with the cloud is considered to be a complex problem?  There are different cloud platforms available today. Consequently, each cloud platform has its own API, having its own functionality and quality of services, which differ greatly from other cloud platforms’ APIs. So, here’s one of the reasons of the complexity of data integration between enterprise and cloud sources: additional efforts will inevitably be needed to provide for this difference.

Getting back to SMBs and large enterprises, SMBs are more flexible in adoption of evolving technologies. That’s because most SMBs are do not possess, or simply can’t afford IT departments responsible for data integration and other company’s IT needs. So cloud services offer real way out for such companies. As for data integration, small companies have relatively small amounts of data to be integrated between on-premise applications and applications residing in the cloud (that’s surely, compared to large enterprises).

Large enterprises have different requirements to data integration: their expectations and operational rhythm differ greatly from those of SMBs and mid-sized organizations. So there’s no surprise large enterprises are not hurrying into the cloud, waiting until all issues, including data integration, compliance and security, to be solved.

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