I’ve been thinking a lot recently about Data Integration. Since most applications at organizations are now purchased packages, it seems that most of the custom development an organization needs to do is around consolidating data into a Data Warehouse or integrating applications together. Integration isn’t just one of a CIO’s biggest problems, it should be one of their biggest focuses (maybe following only security, business continuity, and core application support).
Today, I was thinking about Data Integration in Cloud Computing, and I realized that Data Integration is the key enabler to Private Cloud / Public Cloud hybrid computing. In fact, Data Integration is key to any interaction between data stored offsite (“In the Cloud!”) and onsite.