As enterprise adoption of cloud-based applications gains momentum globally and in Asia, IT teams must manage the dilemma of finding solutions to the ongoing problem of connecting new technology and existing legacy systems.
This particular challenge, also referred to as hybrid IT, highlights the integration of SaaS applications that are being adopted at a rapid pace. While the benefits of cloud and SaaS are numerous and obvious, especially in a volatile, volatile and dynamic post-pandemic environment, the challenges and suitability of hybrid IT integration remain misunderstood.
According to IDC’s 2021 Public Cloud Spending in Asia Pacific Report, the estimated spending on public cloud services in the region is expected to reach $124 billion by 2025. Similarly, IDC expects cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to grow by 32.7 percent in 2021, while software as a service (SaaS) will be the second largest spending item (41 percent) for organizations in the Asia Pacific region . Platform as a Service (PaaS) follows with a 12 percent share.
Benefits and challenges
Organizations are adopting new applications such as SaaS instead of on-premises, and are migrating a large number of on-premises applications to the cloud. The many benefits here include not only business flexibility and time to value, but also ease of use, predictable costs and scalability. However, IT teams are left to monitor and manage this complex and sometimes mixed environment of decentralized applications and data silos. This heterogeneous decentralized environment characterizes hybrid IT.
The challenge of integrating new business SaaS applications with disparate legacy systems is important to IT and business leaders. However, they are finding ways to integrate data and reap the many benefits. Integrating disparate applications enables companies to truly benefit by gathering operational data, automating and accelerating business processes, and making critical, informed business decisions. The key to success of a decentralized infrastructure is the integration of applications and data, regardless of where they are located.
Hybrid IT strategy
According to Gartner, to determine the best integration strategy for the business and IT environment, “integration managers generally must face the challenge of integrating any combination of cloud and on-premises applications and services.”
One strategy to face these challenges is to constantly rethink the improvement of services and products with new technologies, while another is to examine challenges in managing the IT environment. Organizations can consider the following steps to determine the right hybrid IT integration strategy:
a) Take inventory of your cloud service requirements as well as cloud applications already implemented across your organization to determine how IT and business can benefit from a centralized infrastructure through integration.
b) Evaluate whether your current integration strategy can meet the growing needs of hybrid IT.
c) Work with integration platform as a service (iPaaS) providers to develop a proof-of-concept project for your iPaaS and hybrid IT environment to complement your existing infrastructure and align your integration needs.
The above aspects become very important as organizations adopt hybrid IT to take advantage of the speed, agility and economics of cloud. Therefore, there is an increasingly urgent need to look at integration in a new way.
Today’s IT leaders are tasked with integrating disparate systems, applications, devices and infrastructure solutions with evolving business needs, including real-time integration to support on-demand information requests, B2B integration to support business partner commerce, and a single environment in which to monitor and manage integrations across their enterprise.
iPaaS is specifically designed to handle such complex requirements with agility, scale and flexibility in today’s rapidly evolving IT landscape, with enterprise investments future-proofing and thereby maximizing the value of their IT investments.
Honshu Setoh is the general manager of Boomi Asia.