Factors to Consider while Designing a Hybrid Could Application Integration Strategy

By CIOReview | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
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According to IDC, “cloud IT infrastructure spending” will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6 percent each year between now and 2019. In tandem with this, users need to advance their hybrid integration strategy to best leverage the cloud. Hybrid cloud is gaining lot of attention because of its ability to control IT environments by migrating crucial workloads to the public cloud to take full advantage of flexibility and scalability. Basically, it is becoming the new standard in the IT environment. This article highlights on few aspects that need to be considered while designing a hybrid cloud integration strategy.

Identify the Applications that are not stored in Clouds

Though legacy systems are working accurately, it is wise to have an integration plan for all those systems that are on premises. Enterprise must have integration plan for those systems that are behind the firewall. Hybrid solutions are suitable for those enterprises that do not posses many legacy on-premises applications but are adopting new applications and infrastructure initially through the cloud.

Know where most of the Apps are developed

Enterprises should determine where most of the apps are developed in order to integrate and monitor the applications. This is because the apps that are developed in the cloud vary from the other applications.

Determine how much control and responsibility is needed

Private or public cloud integration offers maximum control but requires maintenance and upgrades similar to on-premises applications whereas hybrid cloud integration relieves hosting and maintenance to a third party. Therefore, reduces the amount of hands-on management required by the organization and limits the control and flexibility available.

Verify the use case

Today, most of the companies are using integrated hybrid cloud for back end integration. It is essential for enterprises to have laser sharp focus on the actual purpose of integrating with cloud. Migrating to the cloud just for the sake of it, won’t yield much benefit.

Vet the kinds of application involved

As the application development process remains to be complex, enterprises should verify what type of applications are integrated with cloud.

Integration Management

Enterprises should specifically identify the people who can handle the integration process. This is because, similar to hybrid cloud, it might be a hybrid group of traditional IT employees.

Meeting the project demands

As the number of applications grows drastically, demands and complexity of integration projects also ascends. So to keep up with these demands, best way is to capitalize on existing integration assets such as services, maps, transformations and orchestrations.

Another way is to consider IT shop's role as a service provider. This approach could allow departments to do the integration work themselves by establishing common architectures, services, access and tools for integration projects.

Choose the right vendor

Most of the vendors these days have built preconfigured templates for common use cases that drop relatively easily in place. For this reason, enterprises should ask for previous work of the vendors. Organizations should not fall for false promises that vendors make, they should go through the SLA thoroughly and be skeptical when an on-premises vendor starts bragging about their product.

Data Quality

Data quality depends on the people who develop integrations and the approach they take to build integrations. These are the two aspects that have the potential to introduce risk. This can be mitigated by giving access to only authorized users and maintaining accurate governance and controls. In addition to that, enterprises can document integration processes and best practices with the aim of mitigating any risk that could be introduced into the environment.

By designing a hybrid cloud integration strategy, organizations will position themselves to meet the needs of IT integration developers and consolidate non-integration specialists with self-service tools to solve integration projects quickly.