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What developers need to know about cloud app integration

Last updated:August 2014

Editor's note

While APIs have opened the door to cloud app integration, there is still a long road ahead to universal cloud standards. Proprietary interests have segmented the cloud into disparate parts and the responsibility falls to developers to connect them all into a unified application. That said, the cloud's advantages -- namely, easy data access, fast user experience, a reliable development environment and innovative deployment tools -- often outweigh the associated challenges.

This essential guide features articles that explain the fundamentals of cloud app integration. Some stories provide business strategies for tackling integration projects; others review tools and services that can help along the way.

1Tools and platforms to ease integration challenges

The following articles explore the different kinds of tools and platforms available to developers. Read on for important selection criteria and sound decision-making advice to help cut through vendor hype.

2Strategizing for a cloud app integration project

A successful cloud app integration project requires more than just good tools. The following articles help businesses implement an efficient workflow and keep up to date on the latest integration trends.

3When, how and why to use iPaaS

IPaaS is gaining traction in the enterprise as a means of integrating data, processes and application components. However, lack of trust concerning iPaaS's security still discourages some from adopting the service. The following tips list the pros and con of iPaaS and can help determine who is a fit for this up-and-coming middleware.

4Terms to know in cloud app integration

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