SAG_LinkedIn_MEME_913x560_Head-in-CloudCloud computing is one of the most important trends of our decade; adding capacity and extending IT capabilities for organizations without the need for them to invest in new infrastructure. The idea of the cloud has captivated companies to the extent that some are considering a cloud-only strategy.

But maybe you should not just stick everything into the cloud and walk away. There are reasons why companies may not choose to become 100% cloud-enabled. (Arguably, the NSA has some well-founded suspicions about deploying sensitive data to systems off-premises.)

But even for companies thinking of embracing a cloud-only strategy, there is a strong case for adopting a methodical “phased” transition rather than a “monolithic” or siloed deployment - of applications into the cloud, says David Overos, Software AG’s director of webMethods product marketing. And that means that “hybrid cloud integration is key.”

From an architectural standpoint, companies will have to carefully stage their data center’s cloud journey. And without a hybrid approach, they will ultimately fail to provide the critical integration points necessary to maintain connectivity between cloud and on-premises systems, says David.

In other words, companies may risk creating two, disjointed computing environments, or a parallel universe in the cloud. Hybrid cloud is recognized as a mixture of integration between public and private clouds and on-premises systems. But what does that mean if a digital enterprise is going through the churn associated with moving on-premises to cloud computing?

Conversely, what does it mean if an organization is committed to a cloud application, such as Salesforce, but needs to maintain integration for customer data with SAP or Oracle on-premises?

David has written extensively on the subject – and with good reason as he has helped provide considerable momentum for Software AG’s new webMethods solution, “Integration Cloud.”

Ideally suited to support hybrid cloud integration, webMethods Integration Cloud integrates cloud-based SaaS applications, such as Salesforce.com, Successfactors and ServiceNow, with other cloud-based applications while, at the same time, provides the ability to easily develop integration points with leading, on-premises solutions such as traditional ERP, CRM, and other systems of record such as SAP and Oracle’s E-Business Suite.

“The hybrid cloud approach is inevitable,” says David. “Firstly, it supports a systematic approach to transitioning from on-premises to cloud. But, additionally, most enterprises are simply not going to walk away from their on-premises solutions.”

Particularly when you consider not only the initial investment, but the fact that the quality of technology provided, an on-premises applications strategy has yet to be superseded.

So, be careful not to get your head stuck in the cloud, or to build a totally parallel universe up there.

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