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Cloud Integration and the Challenges It Faces

 
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About 90% of businesses are using the cloud. Thus, it is safe to say that the technology has become a mainstay in IT.

According to recent research, 93% of businesses are using any form of cloud technology. However, it is not as smooth-sailing. Many find that the initial migration is as rough as the second adoption. But the increasing number of current and future cloud adoption plans prove that the cloud is an essential modern IT ingredient.

Since cloud integration requires web APIs that may be unfamiliar to your technical team, it becomes even more challenging. Further complicating matters are the use of the cloud for functions beyond marketing and CRM such as storing valuable data. In fact, over 50% of businesses have already built their enterprise applications on cloud-friendly technology. This provides them with the opportunity to smoothly move to the cloud.

Another challenge with cloud integration is secondary migration. The reasons some users migrate is to find better offerings and features, lower cost, open standards and greater security. For greater corporate governance and compliance, companies may shift to hybrid model. They will use the public cloud to store non-critical data and the private cloud to keep sensitive data, providing them with greater control.

Probably the ones that creates greater cloud integration hassles are cloud architects. Most non-IT end users do not have the skills and knowledge in scaling, provisioning, administering and integrating this technology. Cloud architects, on the other hand, have the necessary skills and are invaluable among initial migration and secondary integration. They help shape the direction of your IT and make your systems all work together.

While these challenges remain after organizations make the first jump to the cloud, the cloud is clearly here to stay. Finding the right balance of private, public and hybrid cloud is the key to gaining a unique advantage over your competitors. Just keep in mind that not one model is the best answer for your business needs. You need to utilize every system to find the cloud approach that works best for you.  Sign up for our weekly blog summary and newsletter!

Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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