While many organizations have moved all their processes to completely run by cloud, there is a chunk of corporations that will never risk all their resources to be managed by cloud in a single phase. Cloud integration plan is challenging for all CIOs out there. Irrespective of the scale, integration planning must go through certain critical points; let’s explore them one by one.
Learn from Early Adopter
Corporations that adopt the cloud early went with the standalone approach to cloud. The cloud service features were easy to adopt, readily available, and quite economical with fewer challenges on implementation part. However, for corporations in which traditional IT formed the major role in running their core operations, the half integrated cloud approach could only provide short-term value and also it demands migration or re-implementation. CIOs who decided to go with fully integrated strategy made a wise choice and will enjoy long-term value from cloud computing.
Managing Upfront Costs
Corporations had only one prime point to shift to software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud computing as a whole and it was to mitigate existing risks. The customized option of paying for services as it goes gives the freedom to call the service off, in case it is not proving its worth. That way you can manage the upfront cost by paying for only those services that have delivered values. A flexible subscription model is an ideal choice to plan out the integration solution when the planning is in its initial phase.
Autonomy is very serious business
A few years ago, on-premise integration used to traditionally require an expert team of IT professionals having deep knowledge of underlying processes. SaaS has been designed to be operated by business users that can quickly connect business data with other corporate systems. Ideal cloud integration should form a model that can minimize resources associated with implementation, development and maintenance aspects.
Formulating Smart Strategy
Majority of existing cloud service providers ensure performance scale that can easily outrun a corporation’s existing infrastructure. However, at the time of creating the corporate strategy, CIOs must formulate integration requirement covering every system, and then decide on a number of simultaneous requests that will require proper handling. Every customized architectural requirement needs to be pinned down to make sure that all critical information remains secure, in case of cloud downtime.
If everything becomes stagnant tomorrow, connectivity will be the sole thing that will keep evolving. The connectivity must evolve beyond the point where it can surpass standard enterprise applications, databases, and legacy systems. CIOs cannot neglect the future of connectivity, especially when cloud computing is transforming into modern web services and untamable storage solutions!