Last week we retweeted multiple tweets by Shawn Rogers at EMA all relating to one thought: The 5 Laws of Data Integration in the Cloud. Not ones to be confined by the 140 character limit we thought it a good idea to repost them here in a less fleeting environment. These laws deserve more posterity than twitter allows.
5 laws of Data Integration the Cloud:
- Data is widely distributed
- Everything happens fast
- Control is distributed
- Connectivity becomes more challenging
- Data volumes increase at explosive rates
These are all things that organizations learn as they try to tackle integration in the cloud – and for that matter, on-premise. In fact, you can argue that the hybrid infrastructure that a majority of “pro-cloud” companies run adds even more wrinkles to the integration equation because you’re dealing with the best (and worst) of both worlds.
With that in mind and without a character limit keeping us succinct, we would add a few more laws (or perhaps addendums to Shawn’s Mike Hoskins’ fine list):
- On-premise systems will have you dropping F-bombs. Firewalls!
- APIs will change constantly. Loosely coupled connectivity is your friend.
- Strong IT governance is a must. Make sure you have control of your data.
- Cloud data volume limitations will present roadblocks. With the right tools you can work around them.
- Non-technical cloud users must be able to manage the integrations. Don’t ignore one of the big reasons you moved to the cloud.
What rules would you add? If you can keep it short, tweet us @jitterbit
UPDATE: Shawn pointed out in the comments below that the list he tweeted was from Pervasive’s own CTO, Mike Hoskins. My original post has been updated to reflect this.