(3) What is the deployment timeline? As cloud services become increasingly pervasive in the IT solutions market, deployment timelines are tightening as departments demand rapid access to enhanced functionality, but many organizations are only just beginning to build out core competency around integration. For those with the strictest timelines, structuring an internal integration function may not be an option.
When in-house integration is not workable due to cost, time, or other considerations such as lack of internal expertise, outsourcing the integration option can provide not only a short-term fix, but offer a long-term strategy, especially around cloud integration. Cloud Services Brokers have existing integration infrastructure that can be leveraged for rapid deployment, and can increase capacity on demand, offering scalability where it's needed most.
As the key criteria and requirements around data management continue to expand, cloud integration will play an important role. It is critical that CIOs and their organizations develop a comprehensive and proactive integration strategy that efficiently and consistently scales to the evolving hybrid integration needs of the business.
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