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November 23, 2010

Data Integration in the Cloud Tips

Filed under: Data Integration — Katherine Vasilega @ 6:33 am

More and more businesses are moving to the Cloud, integrating their existing IT systems, applications, and data. Here are some recommendations on successful data integration in the Cloud.

1. Create a strategy. You should have a plan and develop a long-term Cloud strategy closely tied to the overall business process. Your data integration project should have a set of goals and priorities, a budget, and a deadline.

2. Use an integrated approach. A standalone approach to Cloud computing delivers only short-term value. It will require future re-implementation of data integration solutions or a full data migration procedure. You have to leverage data both on- and off-premises, therefore only an integrated approach to the Cloud infrastructure will deliver long-term results.

3. Get business users engaged. SaaS applications are designed to be managed by business users. Business users are data experts, who understand all the meaning of data in the warehouse. Cloud data integration should minimize development, implementation and maintenance resources, allowing business users to focus on their core activities.

4. Keep security in mind. Data integration in the Cloud involves moving sensitive data between the Cloud and local networks, therefore security issues are vital. When selecting a data integration solution, pay special attention to the standards supported for securing the data in transit.

5. Maximize connectivity options. Cloud computing has become a vast definition for services on the Web—it includes everything from SaaS, PaaS, to Web-based utilities, social networks, and so on. Connectivity requirements will continue to grow beyond standard enterprise applications, legacy systems and databases, to various Web services yet to come.

To avoid data integration headaches, you have to be consistent, meaning that every developer and business user has to know what to do and follow a clear strategy and a set of requirements. If you take the right approach to data integration in the Cloud, you will then utilize the solution without the need for additional staff to set up and maintain your data warehouse.

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