How you can overcome the Cloud Integration Challenge

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Organisations are increasingly moving data and applications to the public cloud, running hybrid IT environments that enable them to cut infrastructure costs while speeding up the delivery of technology projects.

In fact, public cloud services are becoming so popular, Gartner believes the market in Australia will hit $4.15 billion this year, representing almost 24 per cent year-on-year growth compared to 2014.

But when moving to the cloud, successfully integrating software-as- a-service (SaaS) applications with existing on-premise software is vital and may make the difference between success or failure of cloud projects. Configuring these multiple applications to share data in the cloud is key.

Although organisations are succeeding with cloud integration, they are far less efficient than they were when systems were bolted on-premise. Application integration points were taken for granted on-premise, and organisations never waited for the business case to be fully developed before they went to a SaaS model.

As organisations create data that is fundamentally separated from on-premise applications - but accessible by many different services - they are reducing their reliance on core systems and starting to look at other vendor partnerships.

Cloud integration mistakes

Organisations are making a number of mistakes when it comes to integrating SaaS applications in the cloud and on-premise.

Many are still trying to choose the richest SaaS application but instead need to be looking at the performance of the app and its ability to integrate into an overall portfolio.

Purchasing decisions need to shift to consider operational performance metrics beyond features and functionality, and how new SaaS applications will contribute to the way the business runs in the future.

The IT organisation also needs to provide limitations to the business around the purchasing of cloud solutions. CIOs must drive home that data must be kept in a certain format, for example, and that interfaces to the data comply with open industry standards.

Blindly selecting SaaS vendors that don’t provide access to your data is another mistake. This creates problems when people want to analyse data to optimise their business processes.

No matter your business considerations: security, agility, cost or control, BTAS can answer them. We provide you with options for on-premise, cloud or hybrid models based on your business objectives and requirements.

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Source: CIO Magazine, April 2015