7 MarCloud app integration news by Mike Ponta on Mar 7 2011
Appirio introduces crowdsourcing platform for SaaS development (Press Release)
Cloud services brokerage Appirio introduced CloudSpokes, a community and marketplace that helps to match companies with developers. The company says that the platform will allow companies to crowdsource development projects in through competitions, which it believes will in turn drive innovation. ZDNet blogger Phil Wainewright takes a deeper look at CloudSpokes in this blog post.
A look at legacy integration with SaaS (Baseline)
The authors here look closely at a report from SIMS that describes how companies will choose to integrate SaaS applications. A brief summary from the article:
Organizations that have deep experience with in-house integration projects and a high percentage of functionality supported with traditionally installed applications, including custom coded solutions, are more likely to use in-house tools to integrate new SaaS applications into their environment. However, organizations that rely more heavily on SaaS offerings are more likely to select IaaS platforms for their integration needs.
Two-tier ERP systems rising in popularity (InformationWeek)
This article takes a close look at two-tier ERP systems, wherein a preexisting system is used at a company’s main office while branch offices use alternative systems. The article specifically looks at how NetSuite and Informatica have partnered to deliver two-tier ERP that with cloud-based data integration.