By Honchew Seetoh, General Manager for Asia, Boomi
As enterprise adoption of cloud-based applications gains traction globally and in Asia, IT teams have to manage the conundrum of finding solutions to solving the perpetual problem of connecting new technology and existing legacy systems.
This particular challenge, also referred to as hybrid IT, spotlights the integration of SaaS applications that are being adopted at a rapid pace. While the cloud and SaaS benefits are numerous and obvious, especially in a capricious, erratic, and dynamic post-pandemic environment, the challenges and suitability for hybrid IT integration remain misunderstood.
According to the 2021 report on Public Cloud Services Spending in Asia Pacific by the International Data Corp. (IDC), the estimated spending on public cloud services in the region is expected to hit $124 billion by 2025. Similarly, IDC expects cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to grow by 32.7% in 2021, while Software as a Service (SaaS) will be the second largest expenditure item (41%) for organizations in Asia Pacific region. Platform as a service (PaaS) follows with a 12% share.
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Hybrid IT brings benefits and challenges
Organizations are adopting new applications as SaaS instead of on-premise, and they are migrating a significant number of on-premise applications to the cloud. The many advantages here, include not only business agility, time to value, but also ease of use predictable costs, and scalability. However, IT teams are left to monitor and manage this sometimes complex, mixed environment of decentralized applications and data silos. This decentralized, heterogeneous environment characterizes hybrid IT.
The challenge of merging new business-specific SaaS applications with disparate legacy systems is significant for IT and business leaders. They are, however, finding ways to integrate data and reap the many benefits. Integrating disparate applications enables companies to truly benefit by aggregating operational data, automating and accelerating business processes, and making informed critical business decisions. The key to success from a decentralized infrastructure is integrating applications and data, regardless of where they reside.
Determining your integration strategy for hybrid IT
According to Gartner, to determine the best integration strategy for the business and IT environment, “integration managers must systematically address the challenge of integrating any combination of in-the-cloud and on-premises applications and services.”
One strategy for addressing these challenges is to continually reconsider the enhancement of services and products with new technologies, while another is to investigate the challenges in managing the IT environment. Organizations can consider the following steps to determine the right hybrid IT integration strategy:
- Take inventory of your cloud services requirements as well as cloud applications already implemented across your organization to determine ways that IT and the business can benefit from having centralized infrastructure through integration
- Evaluate if your existing integration strategy can address the growing needs of hybrid IT
- Work with integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) vendors to develop a proof-of-concept project for iPaaS and your hybrid IT environment to complement your existing infrastructure and align your integration needs.
The above aspects become significantly important as organizations adopt hybrid IT to take advantage of the speed, agility, and economics of the cloud. Therefore, there is an increasingly critical need to look at integration in a new way.
Today IT leaders are charged with integrating disparate systems, applications, devices, and infrastructure solutions with emerging business needs including real-time integration to support on-demand information requests, B2B integrations to support business partner trading, and a single environment in which to monitor and manage integrations across their organization.
iPaaS is purpose-built to handle such complex requirements with agility, scale, and flexibility in today’s rapidly developing IT landscape, while future-proofing organization’s investments and subsequently increasing the value of their IT investment.