Do Your Cloud Apps Play Nicely with Others?
By Fallon Consultants
On January 21st, 2015
Chances are your business is doing at least part of its computing in the cloud. The vast majority of businesses — almost 90% — use some type of cloud computing.
Businesses love the benefits offered by the cloud: fewer IT hassles, improved security and availability, and lower IT costs. However, they’re less than thrilled with cloud integration hassles, which make the process of getting their various cloud apps to communicate and share data with on-premises apps and one another quite challenging.
An Oracle-commissioned survey of business managers found that 64% could not integrate their cloud solutions with other business apps, and 54% said their staff experienced downtime because of cloud integration problems. To ensure your cloud applications won’t bog down your operations, your business needs a sensible cloud integration strategy. Where do you begin?
Creating a cloud integration strategy
The first step is to determine the scope of your integration project. For example, you’ll need to decide which cloud apps will be integrated, and with what: other cloud applications and their data, on-premises systems, or both?
You must also decide what level of integration you’ll require: Do you have in-house developers who can write the code needed to integrate cloud and on-premises apps, using APIs? Alternatively, you can turn to other integration resources — tools such as Jitterbit or comprehensive integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) products.
Computing in the cloud offers many benefits for businesses and can be an invaluable tool for your employees and clients. But dealing with the integration process can be a headache if you lack staff with the skills needed to make your cloud solutions work. An experienced systems integrator like Fallon Consultants can simplify your cloud integration process. Contact us at 845-624-3504 to learn more.