If we sum up all the different systems and technology solutions used in an organization, we get an astounding number. Moreover, the world seems to be dominated by the cloud these days. This makes it very important to integrate cloud with the systems and IT solutions used by an organization. Now the problem is how to integrate the multitude of technology solutions with the cloud without affecting the efficiency of the solution.
1. Cloud Consulting
The first step towards cloud integration is consulting IT technicians and understanding how important integration is for your organization and what is the best way to achieve it. Many cloud consulting companies offer cloud integration as a service and ensure timely and effective integration processes.
2. Cloud Vendors
Cloud service vendors offer varied range of solutions, all designed to give you a cloud infrastructure. When selecting a cloud vendor, you must take note of its flexibility, updates, allocation of resources and security to ensure you are safe against the dynamic and chaotic cloud technology.
3. Cloud Strategy
After consultation, comes strategizing. You need to devise a roadmap for cloud integration that includes data integration, Software as a service (SaaS) integration and various other software integrations. This strategy can go through many defining and refining processes before you reach your end goal.
4. Data Integration
Most enterprises begin with the use of cloud integration for processing their large volumes of data. Data integration is the most important process whether in the cloud or on premises as it is the life and blood of any organization. You can prioritize your integrations and then begin the cloud integration process. While integrating data in the cloud, you must remember you provide an efficient architecture for it to keep it running smoothly.
5. Cloud Data Storage
Data integration into cloud means ample space requirement for data storage. You need to ensure the available storage interface is suitable for you. Also be doubly sure about the pricing model and storage types.
6. Security and Compliance
The most important aspect during cloud integration is to check the security and regulatory compliance. The cloud platform you will be using must be secure and conform to federation and government rules.
7. Inter-relationships of Systems
Most systems are inter-related to each other. For instance, your accounting software is related with your purchase and sales software and in turn they are related to your Content Management System (CMS). You need to define your data semantics and their relationship with each other in order to reach the best integration solution possible.
8. 360-degree Cloud Computing Migration
Whether you want to integrate SaaS, Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or Platform as a service (PaaS) to cloud-based systems, you need to define a sound approach towards cloud-based technology that encompasses all your systems and gives you a one-stop solution.
9. Multi-tenant User Separation
Once you have moved all your systems and products into the cloud, you need to ensure that they provide multi-tenant operations. This allows users to have spate accounts and ensure all systems are separately configured and managed.
10. Up-to-date Solutions
When it comes to cloud integration, the technology changes faster than you can say ‘cloud computing.’ Therefore it is very important for you to understand that you are using up-to-date solutions. This doesn’t mean that you need to update every year or so but using the latest solutions offers you higher ROI, as much as $10 for every $1.