5 Challenges Organizations Need to Conquer to Implement Hybrid Cloud Architectures

In today’s digitally connected world, leading organizations need to proactively build, integrate, manage, and scale application ecosystem within and beyond their enterprise. For many large enterprises, it’s foundational for digital transformation.

IT decision-makers, such as CIOs, CTOs, and enterprise/integration architects, face pressure to revamp their integration strategy so they can address the challenges that stem from digitally transforming their enterprise and their partner ecosystem.

With the proliferation of scattered applications and data sources — often across multiple cloud providers and structures (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS ) and emerging use cases such as IoT’s, AI, BOTs Streaming and the API lead economy, organizations have to re-evaluate their existing hybrid integration platforms, or HIPs, to operate in this digital age. Gartner defines HIPs as the frameworks that encompass “all functionalities that ensure the smooth integration of multiple digital transformation initiatives in an organization.” They house the different on-premise and cloud-based elements of modern integration architecture.

Enterprises should ensure that the hybrid integration strategies they implement address:

The competition among premier cloud vendors such as AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, and Alibaba is increasing as the sector continues to grow. As enterprises navigate their cloud adoption journey, the majority oforganizations favor a multi-cloud approach for the development and deploymentof the applications that will aid in digital transformation. Multi-cloudadoption is also necessary to:

  • Avoid vendor lock-in
  • Ensure regulatory compliance
  • Take advantage of “best-in-class” services on each cloud platform
  • Promote competitive prices

Data and its manipulation have driven digital transformation and are integral to gaining business insights, driving customer satisfaction,and being competitive. However, data silos plague organizations by creating barriers that hinder access to data and complicate the overall efficiency of an organization. Developing a hybrid IT architecture promotes sharing information through integrating new applications into existing ones, allowing decision-makers to obtain an accurate and comprehensive view of their organization.

Many organizations are developing their ERP systems (SAP,Oracle financials) in the cloud to yield benefits such as access to business-critical applications from any site and at any time. An API-drivenmodel can modernize their integration and leverage data in real-time whileensuring data security and data governance concerns are addressed.

IoT is a prime enabler of digital business, and it bringsadditional complexity to integration scenarios with its use cases and expandingthe number of data source devices. Complexity increases with the diversity ofapps like mobile, chatbots, cars, control automation, etc. To become IoT readyand address the challenges for how IoT sensors and other devices are integratedand managed, organizations have to meet the challenge of a hybrid integration strategy.

Enterprises considering enabling IoT capabilities using HIPs rooted in a centralized ESB/iPaaS may not handle these challenges efficiently, as the IoT devices are interacting in real-time, have their own proprietary formats of data, communicate on various protocols, and can be challenging to manage. The rising number of IoT devices also increases compliance and data security risks.

Embracing the architectural shift to HIPs also allows enterprises to adopt Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment(CD). The adoption of the CI/CD philosophy changes how developers and testers can deploy software by helping them to implement an agile methodology intended to quicken production and limit failures during integration and deployment.These are not capabilities that can be found in the majority of the existing, aging integration platforms and middleware tools.

A hybrid integration approach can further complicate integration architecture challenges, even as it enhances and improves digital value. Organizations with the ability to integrate anything, at any moment, and from any location, have a powerful business advantage that can generate innovation and a competitive edge.

Aaron’s passion for technology drives him to find innovative ways to help advance organizations through technology.