Cloud Computing: Cloud Application Integration: 10 Key Trends to Follow

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-14 Print this article Print
Cloud Application Adoption Continues to Rise

Cloud Application Adoption Continues to Rise

In the past two years, 64 percent of companies in a recent survey have implemented at least one software-as-a-service (SAAS) application. That number should rise during the next two years, as 77 percent of companies expect to implement at least one SAAS application. Additionally, in the next two years, the number of enterprises expecting to implement at least four SAAS applications will double from 17 percent to 33 percent.
Software as a service and cloud computing services are far beyond the hype stage of a few years ago. Both technologies have become big business. Sales and general across-the-markets interest in this new-generation IT continue to ramp up. In the past year, has made several key acquisitions, such as social networking monitor Radian6, demonstrating that it believes social media is ready for enterprise usage. Amazingly, the industry has seen Yammer, a direct competitor to Salesforce's Chatter, gain new integration to Salesforce. The integration of key enterprise applications is central to improving business processes, because it centralizes control, enables better decision-making and ultimately can lead to improved product time-to-market. With this in mind, cloud integration software provider SnapLogic surveyed more than 100 enterprises on their attitudes about cloud application integration, discussing adoption rates, challenges to implementation and most sought-after connections. Here, eWEEK lists the most important cloud application priorities for the next 12 months.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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