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Lessons from Cloud Adopters: Cloud-to-Cloud Integration Is a Challenge

Recent studies find a painful truth among early cloud computing adopters: cloud-to-cloud integration is a major headache.


A recent report from cloud solution provider Appirio confirms what many IT people have long known, even feared: cloud-to-cloud integration is a major headache for cloud adopters.

Appirio's "State of the Public Cloud: The Cloud Adopters' Perspective," found that more than 75 percent of respondents consider cloud-to-cloud integration a priority, but that only 4 percent "had fully integrated their cloud applications."

The report was based on a survey of 155 IT decision-makers at mid- to large-sized North American companies that have adopted at least one software-as-a-service (SaaS) or public cloud application.

Another key finding was that most cloud adopters prefer cloud solutions over on-premise applications when it comes to availability, costs and time to value; and they are eager to expand their cloud strategies.

The key findings of Appirio's report dovetail with findings of a recent Gartner study on companies transitioning to SaaS and how it was working out for them. It found that many businesses were actually pulling their data back out of cloud-based applications and asked them why.

Gartner asked 270 executives, "Why is your organization currently transitioning from a SaaS solution to an on-premises solution?" For 56 percent of respondents, the number one reason they gave for transitioning back to on-premises solutions was the unexpectedly significant requirements of integration.

More than half of the people who tried moving their business to a cloud-based application and pulled back did so because integrating those applications with the rest of their businesses proved too challenging to make it worthwhile.

Gartner has predicted that at least 35 percent of all large and midsize organizations worldwide will be using one or more iPaaS (integration platform as a service) offerings by 2015.

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