Think of cloud computing like an entertainment system. It’s comprised of many different pieces, each working well by plugging into what you already have. But the wow factor only truly arrives when you have a fully integrated, end-to-end system, working together to produce the perfect movie night.
Cloud computing integration in business is no different.
Did you know 79% of senior business and IT executives expected “meaningful improvements as a result of cloud initiatives” in the areas of “innovation, speed, and efficiency of processes”? This statistic is from an Oxford Economics and SAP study covering the importance of the platform approach, the benefits of integration, and how some companies are managing the approach.
Why cloud computing integration is essential
Many executives and business people alike think that cloud computing is as simple as activating a service with a credit card. But integration provides key benefits that siloed subscriptions cannot.
What about having consistent data, where the massive stream of structure and unstructured, harmoniously coexists; accessible from everywhere at any time. Wouldn’t you like to be like the near 60% of respondents who said they used the cloud for collaboration with partners, suppliers, and even customers? Getting their feedback and input in real time, enabling you to meet the demanding pace of the market.
The phrase, “nothing ventured, nothing gained,” didn’t come out of nowhere. However, I bet the rewards reaped from the venturous were double in value to those who remained on the already beaten path.
Preparing for cloud computing integration
Although it may sound easier to let someone handle connecting your disparate clouds, the top cloud business leaders don’t put their integration into third party hands. According to the survey, almost 70% of cloud leaders who responded have a dedicated team focused on the integration and above 60% of them have purchased integration tools. The leaders prepare for this undertaking meticulously and manage the process carefully.
Before you take it on, keep these things in mind
- You must have an onboard IT team who has a solid foundation and understanding of the technology
- Understand what the use cases for cloud are, and build your platform around that. Leaving room for the only imaginable capabilities. You never know when they’ll become a reality
- Ensure your customers and partners can access your platform everywhere. By making ease of access a priority, users will adopt and your investment will not be for nothing
For more information, check out the full white paper and survey results here.