March 12, 2016
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One of the challenges with building an application these days is the number of dependencies that application will actually have on other applications. Ideally in order to know how that application will actually perform application developers would be able to test their application against the application it depends on running in production. The odds of that happening, however, are slim to none, especially if that other application is running as a cloud service that has to be always available to end users.
In an agile world where the majority of application development is now iterative the testing of applications has never been more important. After all, the impact of single undiscovered error can now be easily compounded through multiple iterations of an application; making it that much harder and expensive to discover and fix later on.
Rather than getting caught up in a religious debate about the best method for integrating applications, it's best to accept the fact that depending on the age and the use case of the application, every integration scenario is likely to be different. Recognizing that reality, Informatica this week unfurled its Informatica Cloud Winter 2014 cloud service that, in addition to providing more business process controls, now includes support for RESTful APIs.