Across industries, more and more companies are moving to the cloud. According to one study, approximately 93% of businesses are using cloud technologies. But what does “moving to the cloud” mean? For the purposes of this paper, the term refers to the adoption of SaaS technologies (Concur, Dropbox, etc.) and/or public infrastructure (Amazon Web Services, Azure, etc.). It can also refer to the development of new cloud-native applications.
Moving to the cloud provides organizations a number of benefits:
- Improves operational efficiency and reduces costs: According to McKinsey, moving to the cloud can reduce IT overhead costs by as much as 30-40% by eliminating the overprovisioning of on-premise infrastructure and reducing application downtime.
- Increases agility: IT teams can quickly develop applications by eliminating the need to maintain and configure on-premise infrastructure.
- Accelerates innovation: Modern cloud platforms, such as Amazon and Google, provide rich big data and machine learning capabilities that allow organizations to drive more value with their data.
Today, integration is a strategic component of every digital transformation and initiative that involves moving to the cloud. When moving to the cloud, organizations focus on a set of key integration uses cases, including:
- Integrating SaaS applications with on-premises data and applications.
- Migrating existing data and applications from on-premises to cloud infrastructure.
- Connecting cloud-native applications across on-premises and cloud environments.
Integrating SaaS applications with on-premises applications and data
The second use case organizations come across when moving to the cloud is integrating SaaS applications with legacy onpremise applications and data. In the process, organizations face various integration pain points, including bridging between modern data formats and transport protocols, as well as enabling cloud applications to spite of the limitations that onpremise systems may create.
Across industries, more and more companies are moving to the cloud. According to one study, approximately 93% of businesses are using cloud technologies in order to increase operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve agility. Today, integration is a strategic component of every digital transformation and initiative that involves moving to the cloud.
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