Cloud Computing: Cloud Application Integration: 10 Key Trends to Follow
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, Salesforce.com 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.
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.