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Why do on-premise solutions fail?

Managing on-premise services as a separate and isolated technology is one of the most common reasons they end up imploding, failing and costing your business time, money and confidence.

But despite this fact, IT teams continue to treat their on-premise technology as something that needs protecting and nurturing in an overly cautious manner, which then eventually leads to it becoming so fragile that it breaks.

This sometimes happens because the people involved have been allowed to build up their silos and ‘mini-empires’ around the technology they maintain. Arguably this is more a people issue than a technical one. However, the knock-on effects this can have on the business and end-users has very real technology impacts. Other times, this is because the on-premise technology is old, there is no other technology like it in your ecosystem and even the smallest change could bring in crumbling to its knees.

Either way, the service is treated with a very strange and unique regard, thus often leading to a great deal of stress, waste and hesitation when discussing potential changes. Migrating them to the cloud is not always the best answer, so providing them with more stability and flexibility could be a much more effective approach.

Why does moving everything to the cloud also fail? 

Making mass movements of software, services and their integrations is a common strategy for those IT leaders who are tight for time or hard pressed by powerful voices above. Without a lot of tolerance for the risks… these kinds of ‘cloud migration’ projects can go very wrong, very quickly!

It’s not about the technology itself, or the fact that the cloud solution you’ve chosen were wrong. But instead it’s about the size and speed of the work you’re doing. It is common sense really that doing too much too soon might lead to crippling results. However, when it comes to cloud migration, these facts seem to be regularly forgotten or overlooked.

In my experience, this is because many IT leaders have been led to believe that managing hybrid solutions or taking a more continual approach to cloud migration creates risk. This might have been true some years ago, but there are now highly robust and reliable solutions available in the market for managing hybrid cloud ecosystems.

What are the leading benefits of a Hybrid Cloud solution?

More and more businesses now lean-on Hybrid Solutions for their software and services, not only as a simple stop-gap ahead of ‘migrating everything to the cloud’ but as a genuine competitive advantage. The magic to unlocking this competitive value lies within the integrations between the various approaches of hosting services. When you can create a more secure approach to connecting tools up, of which the success isn’t affected by where each service is hosted, you can now turn a once confusing landscape of services, into a highly scalable and easy to manage hybrid solution.

Having control and flexibility over your services, wherever they are hosted means you can carry on with major projects and business improvements, without having to wait for mass cloud migrations to take place. The integration solution you use is essential to the success of this too, as it takes the management of how different systems connect with each other out of the individual pieces of technology.

What should your hybrid integration plan look like?

Getting started initially comes down to fully understanding the concept and the value it could create for your business. Much of this also comes down to understanding the risks you currently face by either ‘staying as you are’ or mass-moving every service you have to the cloud.

Assessing the variety of services you have which you wish to integrate, is the next step. This will allow you to prioritise each integration you need to make, but also help you identify the more siloed technologies you might have in the business, that need moving to a more manageable and/or safer environment.

Once you have clear set of priorities and objectives you can use a Integration Service Provider such as ONEiO to help you connect up each service and create a single view from which to manage and understand how each service is working and performing. This is highly effective for hybrid ecosystems where you have a broad mix of cloud and on-premise technologies, as the Integration Hub is agnostic to where each solution is hosted.

Once your Integration Automation platform (aka Next generation iPaaS) is in place and you have a set of high functioning integrations in place. You can begin looking at further migrating your most fragile services to the cloud, safe in in the knowledge that you Integration Hub will ensure your migration doesn’t lead to any data loss or broken configuration. It is a totally safe method for migrating services and maintaining working integrations!

Read More: The Now and Future of integration platforms and  iPaaS

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