Nowadays, almost every company is adopting cloud-based SaaS(Software as a Service) applications at inclining rates. Many of them are shifting their existing applications system into cloud infrastructures system. All this has made, Hybrid applications a new standard in the IT environment. While designing a hybrid integration, there are bountiful of consideration to consider. However, it is very crucial to understand the important integration challenges of moving to a Hybrid IT environment. Therefore, you should focus on the below-mentioned steps that will help you understand the mystery and solve the puzzle of hybrid integration.
Steps Of Hybrid Integration
Step 1: “Center Of Gravity” – Understanding the integration
The first and foremost thing to consider while creating your hybrid integration is the place to host the integration technologies and tools. The main driver of your integration strategy is your integration “center of gravity”. Before making something your center of gravity, you must consider your company’s current location of the system and plans to expand their IT applications in the future years. Now, come to the main thing of choosing the host for your integration. You have three options to host your integration:
A cloud-hosted integration is best for the companies having minimal legacy investments. Other companies having large IT investments must consider other options.
Companies having a few application on cloud and no future plans of expansion in the future can use this option. Also, companies having trouble in taking data to the cloud due to security threats can use on-premises based host.
Hybrid cloud is for the companies having a few application on-premises and comparatively large legacy investments, and adopting new application via cloud.
Step 2: Determining responsibility and control
Earlier, the IT environment was not as flexible as it is today. The management of roles and responsibilities of Hybrid clouds was poor. Now, companies can self-manage, deploy hybrid systems or outsource the day-to-day management of its cloud. Let us evaluate each approach to integration and look at what motivates the company for managing these roles:
Hybrid cloud integration
This approach is considered the best to manage the system since you can use hybrid cloud from anywhere and also is faster to integrate, automatic scalable, and portable option.
Public/Private cloud integration
Private and public cloud integration provides companies with most control over integration technologies and also is quick and easy to deploy. But, companies will require good maintenance strategies.
Managed cloud integration
The most controlled approach available for the companies is managed cloud integration. Using this approach, companies don’t have to worry about day-to-day maintenance to upgrade once invested in technologies.
Step 3: Knowing your users
Companies are integrating them because now more cloud-based applications are been used than before. To get to create more reliable hybrid integration, companies must know their end-users I.e developers. The developers are classified under three categories:
These are non-technical members who run and implement SaaS departments that is why more hand-holding when it comes to integration.
Sometimes integration projects are very important to assign it to non-experts. For projects like these, companies need experts who can design integration infrastructures and plans to ensure safe data handling.
Companies looking for agile and quick solutions can purchase them on their own. These developers are affordable, proficient, and learn quickly when small integration projects are involved.
Step 4: Plan according to project demands
High project demands can threaten the morale of integration team before they could finish a project. Also, spending unnecessary money on hiring new integrators in not a realistic solution. Therefore, you need a proper plan to handle the project demands efficiently. That generally boils down to two options:
Increase Asset Re-use
The organization which already gone through integration might already have the tools to create the system for the future. They can easily re-use them for making cost-effective integrations.
Offer Self-service Integration
It allows the IT departments to establish their own services and tools for integration projects.
Step 5: Using a flexible approach for each project
Every project is not the same they vary in levels of urgency and techniques. Recognizing the working on these projects before companies begin the hybrid integration helps the company to complete the projects quickly and easily.
Step 6: Assure data quality for the system of record
Data is the most important thing in an organization and integration projects often lead to data issues. System of records must be completely maintained in organizations because new joiners come and many old ones leave in mid projects. This helps in keeping the data safe and sound.