Cloud, data integration is tricky business, report says


The cloud computing bandwagon is getting increasingly crowded as more companies deploy hosted services and applications to leverage their advertised benefits of cost effectiveness and improved agility.

However, it's important to note that adopting the cloud is no simple task, and companies must first ensure their business integration strategies are primed to handle the challenges of the process. 

According to a recent report from Business Finance, companies are becoming increasingly wary of integrating data into the cloud and have cited concerns that go far beyond run-of-the-mill security. 

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Companies are also worried about data quality, consistency and governance, a Ventana Research report found, according to Business Finance.

Organizations in finance and supply chain appear to be the most concerned about such problems. They ranked the lowest among respondents with 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively, in terms of cloud adoption rates.

But such concerns are not shared by all, the report found. Thirty-four percent of all respondents said they will deploy cloud-based apps for finance within the next year. Overall, it appears that a greater focus on business integration solutions and strategies can ease the issues.

"The technology is being adopted for some immediate benefits that it provides, but the organizational processes and infrastructure to support those things needs to be modified to catch up," David Menninger, vice president and research director at Ventana Research, said, according to the news provider.

Experts say effective business integration strategies should remain a top priority when it comes to deploying cloud computing. The technology's promised benefits will only be achieved if hosted services are implemented properly.

Much of the concern over data integration could stem from a company's process for deploying new solutions, according to Business Finance. In some cases, the report said, business groups driving purchasing decisions do so without considering the effects on data. Solving this issues takes business groups and IT working together to find solutions that will work best for the company, while also protecting data.

"There is a measurable difference in the satisfaction of organizations where those groups work together," Menninger said.

Some have already recognized the importance of robust business integration solutions for cloud deployments and are tailoring applications accordingly. For example, IBM recently launched a solution that allows companies to deploy hybrid cloud environments effectively and securely, according to Integration Developer News.