Almost everything everyone does today in the cloud as it pertains to data integration has been primarily business-to-business- (B2B-) focused. B2B in the cloud is now considered "business as usual" and is increasingly regarded as a mature technology for solving B2B issues. More vendors are now shifting their focus to leveraging enterprise application integration (EAI) to facilitate data integration with back-end systems in the cloud. This includes using cloud-based data integration and data management for integrating on-premise applications with each other, as well as integrating software as a service (SaaS) and cloud applications with on-premise and/or other cloud-based applications.
Increasingly, large organizations are discovering and using enterprise information with the objective of growing or transforming their business as they seek more holistic approaches to their data integration and data management practices. This is all in an effort to address the challenges associated with the growing volume, variety, velocity and complexity of information. In 2012, more companies will continue moving their business processes to the cloud, intensifying expectations for cloud data integration and data management as a part of a company's information infrastructure. The desired end result: to enable a more agile, quicker and more cost-effective response to business needs. To get a better handle on the way this approach to data is developing, eWEEK spoke to Robert Fox, director of B2B/EAI software development for Liaison Technologies, a global provider of secure cloud-based integration and data management services and solutions.
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