The cloud and on-premise solutions don't always play together for the simple reason that they were never meant to.
When creating the applications and systems that many companies leverage today - and have been for years, if not decades - developers had no way of knowing that the cloud would come along and shake things up this drastically. Well it has, and it appears as if it's prepared to stick around for the long haul.
Despite the technology's popularity, it appears that many companies are inclined to opt for the hybrid cloud model, where hosted and on-premise services are run alongside each other.
"By linking internal and external infrastructure through a middle-ground environment, platform providers hope to create a cohesive whole that is both flexible and scalable enough to handle any and all data requirements," a recent IT Business Edge report stated.
Nowhere is a business integration solution more important, and there are a number of reasons why. A few are below.
Above all else, new and old applications, no matter how they are deployed or delivered, must be able to communicate with each other. Otherwise, just another silo is created and investments can all but be flushed down the drain.
"[T]he fact is that things like data sharing and cross-application business processes simply won't happen if the various APIs in play today can't communicate with each other," according to IT Business Edge.
Applications must be able to communicate with each other and pass data freely between them to be effective.
It's next to impossible for a business to expand when all it has are a bunch of silos. Silos only cause massive inefficiency that will have the organization moving in the opposite way of where it wants to be going.
For expansion to take place, applications must help the company grow by enabling better business processes and better use of critical data.
When it comes to the cloud, security is still a sticking point for many companies. Experts and pundits can say whatever they want, but the fact remains that companies will never warm to the notion of handing over their business-critical data to be stored in a vendor's data center.
However, focusing on business integration strategies may in fact increase the level of security for the hybrid cloud. That's because middleware will plug any holes that exist between applications, thus reducing their vulnerabilities.