Just as the internet unified access to data, Cloud Data Integration will unify changes to data.
Today we expect to lookup anything instantly, but being able to change or contribute to that data is another story. Ignoring security and ownership issues, tagging, annotation, and consolidation of data remains elusive due to protocol and system boundaries.
Cloud Data Integration will enable data sharing on a global scale for the first time. True data integration for data, process, applications, and architecture are now possible by leveraging commodity infrastructure from companies like Amazon and Google.
For business, historical data exchange has been about local integration and point to point gateways and networks. Now Service Oriented Architecture, Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service are compelling leading organizations to plan and execute their move into the global process space of the cloud.
The economies of scale found in the cloud are unprecedented. Standards like multi-tenant elastic infrastructure, operational subscription model pricing, and single connection integration will ensure a fundamental change in business technology and profit.
Technology is a means to an end. The migration away from owned infrastructure will happen over time, encouraged by changes in risk, expense, and competition. Hybrid integration will be critical path, and synergies across on-premises and cloud to cloud tenets will be leveraged.
Common cloud integrations scenarios like mail, calendar, HR, and CRM point the way toward a near future where data integration, transformation, security, and management are truly transparent.