As more and more CIOs begin to recognize the value of the cloud, there is one growing concern in enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS). It’s not safety, it’s not privacy, and it’s not capability.
According to a recent survey by Dimensional Research and commissioned by Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) software Host Analytics, 88 percent reported “challenges” with SaaS business applications and 67 percent specifically cited cloud data integration problems.
“The ability to avoid SaaS silos and easily obtain consistent data integration and data quality across on-premise and cloud-based data is definitely a top concern among those IT decision makers we surveyed,” Richard Broome, CIO of Host Analytics, told IDN.
So what can companies do to avoid these SaaS silos? IT author David Linthicum found a few facts about integration in the cloud. The major finding? There are facts about data integration that most in enterprise IT don’t yet understand, and the use of cloud-based resources actually makes things worse.
He follows up by saying that ”the shame of it all is that, with a bit of work and some investment, the value should come back to the enterprises 10 to 20 times over.”
- Companies focus too much on the immediate costs of data integration platforms without calculating the long-term gains. Companies typically focus too much on cost and not enough on the benefit, when building a data integration strategy and investing in data integration technology.
- Companies believe their integration needs are unique. Linthicum runs the calculations, but the patterns of value typically remain the same.
- People assume data integration tools are only for moving data. Data integration platforms offer more capabilities, including tools for managing the data and metadata. This means understanding, protecting, governing, and leveraging the enterprise data, both locally and within public cloud providers.
- Enterprise IT too often takes an all or nothing approach to the cloud. The correct approach would be much more balanced. IT should consider the data’s use, compliance and other business requirements.
“Attitudes about using the cloud for business benefits are largely positive. Their biggest worry is the need to integrate their data between their different apps. SaaS solutions are just so easy to bring in, companies worry they might be creating silos of data,” Broome told IDN.
The Facts? “Those in enterprise IT have either pushed back on cloud computing, stating that data outside the firewall is a bad idea […]. Others try to move all data to the cloud,” Linthicum writes. “The point of value is somewhere in between.”
What should your company or mid-market enterprise do?
- Find the happy medium and avoid an all-or-nothing approach.
- Consider integration with other applications a top priority in SaaS
- Focus on the long-term goals and benefits as opposed to the costs
- Choose the solution that can drive your company and increase agility by minimizing silos.
- Understand the value of a system integrator or cloud services broker, who can help with these issues for your mid-market enterprise.
As a leading Cloud Software-as-a-Service provider, InCloud360 hopes that this information helps you to make the right decisions about cloud computing by understanding the risks and long term rewards. We welcome you to download our Guide to Cloud Information Technology, and contact us to learn how we can help make your move to the cloud smarter.
We would like to thank David Linthicum for his original insight, Integration Developer News for the quotes, Host Analytics and Dimensional Research for their research, and IT Business Edge for sharing this with us.