Address Data Avalanche on Cloud by Tackling Integration Issues

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Many organizations are constantly implementing cloud-based solutions and shifting data and applications to the public cloud. For them, the growing data is not the only concern; its variety poses that a serious challenge.  Although there are many benefits of cloud computing in enterprises, industry experts have identified data integration to be a major hurdle to effectively share and disseminate information directly or through third-party software.

Demand for Cloud Technology

In January 2016, RightScale, a U.S. based cloud solution provider approached many IT executives about their current adoption and future orientation towards cloud technology; it was revealed that about 95 percent of enterprises are using public cloud technology and 77 percent were  using private cloud.  Additionally, over 71 percent of the respondents adopted hybrid cloud strategy (merging both public and private cloud services).    

There are numerous enterprises that have adopted cloud technology and majority of them believe that integrating SaaS and on-premise applications prevails to be a major concern. In order to gain the competitive edge, business professionals are seeking more information through data integration to enhance the economy and meet the business demands of increasing returns and reducing overheads.

To overcome the struggle of data collaboration and merging it to the cloud environment as opposed to storing information on legacy systems, IT professionals should step up and take initiatives by seeing that their mobile enterprise applications are able to communicate effectively and facilitate  their integration goals. Additionally, the need for scaling colossal volumes of information and flexible sharing environment dominates the decision making process for the IT departments that are seeking to aid access to right data with right people, right time on any device.

Reasons for the Avalanche of Data on Cloud

The usage of cloud services can be greatly attributed to the wide-spread adoption of BYOD concepts in enterprise setting where social networking platforms and mobile applications are used extensively to streamline workflows. On the flip side, this leads to expansion of data stored in the cloud. In order to make the best use of cloud, enterprise should enhance their data integration approaches and define the best strategy to enable seamless interaction between SaaS and the on-premise applications.

As the cloud advances, data integration services are sought to streamline devices, applications, and other solutions to work flawlessly to deliver a hybrid enterprise use cases. In order to enhance the scalability of cloud based services, enterprise should also consider if there is coordination between the existing infrastructure and on-premise applications with the cloud service. This helps in future expansion with respect to number of users, applications, and much more.  

Heterogeneous Database in the Cloud

Organizations need not give up their current datacenters and databases while attempting to follow the herd by fully embracing cloud strategy. All they need to have is strategized approach to move their data from the on-premise database to the cloud environment or even retain a significant part of their legacy storage systems. By doing so, enterprises can maintain data integrity and prevent security-related conflicts. This form of heterogeneity in data storage keeps data in a diversified environment, thus controlling the data influx on cloud platforms.  

Advantages of Cloud Integration

Apart from fulfilling fundamental objectives of an organization, a move to the cloud is beneficial in terms of helping firms unleash the real potential and value of their software, infrastructure, and other services that exist individually. Cloud integration peels out factors surrounding the challenges as well as advantages that have deeper influence on their IT goals such as:

Scaling Data and Easy Sharing: Cloud integration helps applications to integrate information in the cloud network, allowing end users to access and fetch the recent data from various sources. The scaling up and down helps increase and decrease connections based on the changing business conditions.

Automated Operations: Transition from manual to automation enhances the level of accuracy and cost reduction by reducing the human intervention. Cloud integration also improves the efficiency of data sharing and assists in smooth flow of system-to-system process automation.

Simplifying Business Goals: Cloud integration assists enterprises in streamlining various aspects of business such as ecommerce management, procurement, logistics and much more.

Security Enhancement: The integration strictly follows the security protocol and ensures protection against unauthorized access. Each user would be assigned specific login widgets to gain the permission into the cloud. This way the possibilities of data breaches and risks are averted.

Flexibility: Cloud computing delivers scalable IT resources and meets the business requirements quickly by optimizing operational efficiency. The integration solution offers flexibility to users by allowing them to share the documents, access files using web enabled devices and also enables enterprises upscale and downscale IT requirements according to their needs.

Cloud technology has the ability to administer and maintain the integration of multiple IT resources. Owing to this capability, the usage of cloud computing has increased at a dizzying pace. With the rising popularity the avalanche of data is inevitable regardless of the size of business and their nature. Integration is a sure-shot challenge as well as benefit to the organizations looking to have a collaborative and automated workflow against the back-drop of data-driven environment. The tighter integration layer within the cloud stack aids businesses to avoid unneeded expenditure on ownership costs, manpower to manage cloud and data as well as specialized middleware.