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Research: Virtualization and Business Realities

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Return of the Silos

Research: Virtualization and Business Realities

Application integration has always been a thorny problem. Add in the inherent design restrictions of software as a service--think islands, not exactly designed to exchange data--and things get even trickier. Fortunately, there are some products and best practices that can make your apps work together.


And make no mistake: Integration is a pressing issue. In our recent InformationWeek Analytics 2011 Enterprise Applications Survey, we found 43% of 314 respondents are using SaaS applications. But when we asked them to rate their satisfaction with nine aspects of these apps, deployment simplicity came out on top--and ease of integrating these services with on-premises systems and data sources landed at the bottom of the list.

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