The popularity of cloud computing has raised a flurry of new integration issues. The complexity of cloud adoption, paired with the need for increased innovation to build digital apps, will force IT departments to explore different cloud options—all of which will be hybrid.
Companies are moving away from just cloud solutions to real hybrid solutions. In other words, instead of just focusing on public and private cloud options, IT will increasingly explore other models for flexibility and control—such as hybrid cloud, hybrid integration and even managed cloud.
Agility is the key. The temptation to put Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems into the cloud can be huge. Scalability, flexibility and cost savings are the most-cited reasons for organization to do so. Cloud computing allows companies to access computing resources from anywhere, 24/7, reducing upfront capital investment. But ERP systems, which store records, data and transactions, can be difficult to change and can create information and process silos.
Integrating enterprise systems and applications in the cloud can be a challenge to even the most experienced integration platform as a service provider (iPaaS) since the majority of these systems were designed to reside on premise, utilizing on-the-ground middleware for integration.
Some larger organizations, having tried to move the majority of their ERP systems into the cloud, are rethinking their strategy. They realize that, for example, that moving bulk data to and from the cloud is not ideal. They realize that a hybrid strategy is the best option.
Without a hybrid approach, we believe organizations will ultimately fail to provide the critical integration points necessary to maintain connectivity between cloud and on-premises systems. In other words, companies may risk creating two, disjointed computing environments, or a parallel universe in the cloud.
A hybrid integration approach is a mixture of integration between public and private clouds and on-premises systems. It also includes a “lift-and-shift” approach to cloud migration, replicating in-house apps in the cloud without re-design.
Using a hybrid approach organizations can ensure that processes between various systems—from mobile apps to business process software to machines and people in the field—are all speaking the same language.
The hybrid cloud approach is inevitable. Some analysts predict that, by 2018, more than 40 percent of large organizations will have established a hybrid integration platform.
Hybrid integration 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. They need for them to be seamlessly integrated into their cloud systems.
Companies want control over their systems, on premise or cloud-based. A hybrid solution is the only way to achieve this.