Cloud-based SaaS applications are essential for modern IT enterprises. This is the reason why organizations are transferring existing apps and systems to private & public cloud infrastructures.
How to create a hybrid integration strategy
Technologies like integration tools are necessary for a hybrid environment & hybrid integration platform. Organizations using hybrid integration platform should focus to create an effective hybrid integration strategy. Different things have to be considered while designing & formulating a strategy. A proper strategy will help to keep with the development pace & upgrade security measures. Further, it will become easy for organizations to save assets & investment.
Understand the Integration Requirements
While planning for hybrid integration, every organization should look at areas where they can host technology & tools. Also, include the strategic areas like ERP & CRM. It is important to know how you will be dealing in the coming years; evaluating such measures helps to find the progress rate & problems during transition.
What is the advantage of deploying integration near data sources & applications? Hosting near the areas will speed up the integration process between multiple applications and enhance productivity. Developers have three options to choose for hosting: on-premise, cloud & both.
When to adopt cloud systems: Organizations that do not use legacy systems should choose cloud integration solutions. It is easy for established platforms to utilize cloud systems.
When to adopt on-premises: Companies that have few cloud-based apps and that are not willing to increase the number of cloud apps needs to rely on on-premises systems. It will be feasible to use such systems when there is no alternative to move cloud applications for data security & regulation purpose.
When to adopt hybrid & on-premises together: Companies that comprise legacy infrastructure & applications and want to adopt new infrastructure through cloud environments need hybrid integration. In such an instance, iPaaS (platform-as-a-service) and cloud-hosted platforms have to be targeted.
The above information is ample to decide a location for hosting. In the next step, we are going to discuss the control required for system management & hosting.
Nowadays, companies need more flexible solutions to manage their day-to-day work, i.e., the modern infrastructure that comprises the mix of self-management, hosted and outsource systems use such solutions. Now, businesses can easily determine their hands-on responsibility; this is the only way they can manage their workloads.
What measures will any organization take to decide the responsibility and workloads? It depends on work requirements and any company interest in adopting cloud services, development, operations & outsourcing to third-party services.
Hybrid Integration Approach
1. Private Cloud Integration: Organizations use internal private cloud technology & cloud infrastructure to host applications and projects. There are many advantages to using private or public cloud integration. Companies can deploy their projects with ease and keep control of scaling because of better control on technology.
However, experts need to focus on systems as on-premises, i.e., they have to work on maintenance, upgrades & other requirements.
Businesses that are willing to share a percentage of IT infrastructure to the cloud system should invest in such options; this makes a lot of sense.
2. Hybrid Cloud Integration: In this type of approach, cloud-based integration services are used to integrate cloud-based apps & on-premises technologies. For example, iPaaS is used to integrate on-premise integration technology & ESB (Enterprise Service Bus). Thus, one can gain better control over integration and does not need to work on maintenance and upgrades.
There are some additional benefits of using the hybrid cloud integration platform. The platform provides ample tools and can be used from any location. Further, companies can save integration cost related to services & mappings. The advanced platform will provide automatic scalability and fast integration.
3. Managed Cloud Integration: A managed platform will allow third-party service providers to manage to host and maintain the platform.
Using managed cloud integration, companies can reduce their hands-on work and focus on other works. Now, companies neither need to work on upgrades or day-to-day activities. Read more about hybrid integration platform…
Know who users are
Nowadays, companies use a different approach to build integration. They focus to build customizable solutions while building integration; thus, they need to target traditional integration developers, non-integration developers & citizen integrators. Traditional integration developers play an important role in dealing with ICC or any other type of integration work. Some projects are critical and require the help of expert professionals.
Planning to keep up with the Pace
The increase in SaaS applications directly affects the total number of integration projects. The traditional teams find difficult to cope up with present requirements of projects. The problem can be dealt in two ways: Self-service integration & asset revenue.
The above steps are ample to create an effective hybrid integration strategy.