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History must not repeat itself when integrating to Cloud Computing

Those of you who have seen the integration solutions evolve to service oriented paradigms will remember the tangled wire-mesh of point-to-point solutions that preceded this paradigm. Slowly but steadily over the years, IT matured to a structured, standardized approach for integrating applications across the extended enterprise. Enterprise Service Buses cemented this concept. Life was good and then came cloud computing.  Along with the cloud came a multitude of as-a-service providers that have a need to integrate with enterprise wide applications. Pick your favorite enterprise application and you are likely to see a steady emergence of yet-another-integration to a Saas provider. And therein lays the risk. We should take a lesson from history to ensure that this time around, we prevent undue proliferation of point-to-point solutions across the extended enterprise.

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