A few months back in my post Cloud Services Brokerage: Its Time to Move Beyond Integration as a Service I introduced the notion that Integration as a Service — despite its broad adoption and enduring usefulness — was simply not, by itself, a sufficient metaphor to describe what is really needed to facilitate the consumption of Cloud services.
At the time I alluded to forthcoming research that would formally define something new, Cloud services brokerage (CSB), and explore this new IT phenomenon from various points of view. I’m happy to announce the availability of our formal definition of CSB:
Defining Cloud Services Brokerage: Taking Intermediation to the Next Level (subscription required)
Daryl Plummer and I, and a bunch of our colleagues here at Gartner are also furiously working on nearly a dozen additional pieces of CSB-related research which will be published throughout the next few weeks including a CSB reference model, research that links CSB to governance, context aware computing, and business process outsourcing, that defines the role (and evolution) of integration as a service into CSB, and that assesses the emerging CSB provider landscape.
This set of research is just an initial installment on a substantial new line of research that will addresses this new and exciting Cloud phenomenon. While I will continue to publish on integration as a service I will concurrently be working with my colleagues to cover CSB as it continues to emerge and evolve. I’ll post again soon as more of our CSB-related research becomes available.
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