The evolution of Cloud integration technologies over the past several years has been impressive. Adoption and use of Cloud-based IT and business services continue to grow globally at a remarkable rate. Cloud integration providers now offer toolkits and solution packs for the most commonly-requested Cloud and on-premises applications. Cloud ISVs are delivering managed integration services alongside their core Cloud business solutions.

Over the past several years Cloud business solutions have evolved from narrow and experimental to robust and reliable and have now become mainstream. “Cloud First” is a business mandate in many organizations across industry, geography and size. Not only are there verifiable economic advantages, the innovative functionality of Cloud solutions commands the attention of line-of-business leaders. As Saugatuck recently noted in 1258SSR Saugatuck’s 2013 Global Cloud IT Adoption, Use, and Benefits Survey (29 August 2013), both business and IT leadership now have fewer concerns over the security and integration of Cloud solutions. In fact, IT executives report significantly lower levels of concern than their line-of-business counterparts, moreover, who understand the technology risks far less well. For IT, Cloud integration is fast becoming a non-issue.

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