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IT Buzzword: Cloud Integration

In today’s fast paced world, it’s social media, viral videos, celebrity news and the latest trends. Generally, these boil down to a single word or two which in and of itself, becomes Pop Culture. In the business of information technology, it’s all the acronyms and buzzwords. Some of these buzzwords end up sticking around and become much more than we could have imagined just a few years ago. One of them that’s stood the test of time is, “Cloud Integration.”

It’s become very clear in the past few years that the ever present, and often talked about, “Cloud”, is here to stay. Many people still don’t grasp how important the cloud has become, in both your business and your personal life. It’s now more important than ever to take a look at how your business is leveraging the cloud.

In January of this year, Forbes published an article entitled, “83% of Enterprise Workloads Will Be In The Cloud By 2020.” It’s definitely time for businesses of all sizes to take a step back and assess the state of their Cloud Integration…it’s now more than a trendy new buzzword.

What is Cloud Integration?

Essentially, it’s the overall process of integrating multiple applications that all share resources and data in the “Cloud”. It’s a combination of services that provide and fulfill the needs of your business. Often, it’s provided by many third-party applications merged into a single infrastructure.  It can be a mix of private and public cloud, often referred to as a hybrid cloud. Many businesses are moving towards an all public cloud approach. If any one of these services has an outage or security breach, it may affect all parts of the organization.

Last year, published an article on IT Outsourcing Trends that stated: “Enterprises are moving more workloads to the public cloud, but continuing to run certain applications in ded