Cloud adoption has been on every CIO's agenda for sometime and every major organization today uses multiple cloud apps for critical functions such as salesforce automation, customer service, HR and payroll. Replacing an existing system with a cloud based application can be challenging and painful. Business leaders see the value in adopting cloud applications but largely fail to understand the migration risks and the need for integrating these apps into IT landscape. Hybrid Integration platforms can make Cloud adoption easy. Lets see the top 3 reasons to make Hybrid Integration a priority for Cloud adoption.
1. Cloud migration is not easy and one of the biggest challenges is to provide application users the same experience when they use the new cloud based application. Change is not easy especially if it is a complex application such as ERP. Hybrid integration platforms play a critical role as they not only connect applications that are on-premise but also in the cloud. Keeping interfaces with other systems the same is extremely important in improving user experience which in turn improves customer experience.
2. Cloud application providers are good at building applications. But they are not good at integrating with other applications that you use within your IT. As a result with every Cloud app adoption you risk creating a new data and process silo. Similar to your legacy ERPs, full benefits can only be realized when these applications are truly integrated with other IT applications.
3. Old technology is hard to replace overnight. Rip and replace is costly, painful and risky. It is safe to assume that IT will continue to use some on-premise applications in conjunction with the new cloud apps for next several years. The integration strategy need to take into account both cloud and on-premise systems and integrating both types of applications.
That is exactly where Hybrid Integration platforms come into picture. On-premise integration does not meet all the IT requirements, so does the cloud integration platforms. But Hybrid Integration platforms that cover both On-premise and Cloud integration scenarios meet all the IT needs. If your integration strategy is based on-premise integration platforms or just cloud based platforms then it is time to rethink your strategy and see if you need to consolidate your integration needs into a Hybrid Integration platform.