Keys to Hybrid Integration and the Rise of the Hybrid Cloud Environment in Business
A hybrid infrastructure delivers the deployment, security, and business flexibility modern organizations demand
Hybrid integration can mean a variety of things to a business, but one thing we all can appreciate is the flexibility that’s gained from an IT structure that supports a combination of technologies. Just like hybrid cars run on a blend of gas and electric technologies, hybrid integration enables companies to run their data exchange and technology consumption using a blend of two distinct technology deployments – cloud and on-premise.
We won’t rehash the debate of on-premise vs. cloud or even what SaaS integration is, but we will explore how they work in unison to deliver modern business needs. Organizations using hybrid cloud solutions can unify data across the cloud applications and legacy on-premise solutions, eliminating silos and putting data to work strategically.
Here’s what it means to embrace hybrid integration and a hybrid integration platform (HIP), the various types of hybrid environments, and why you need a hybrid infrastructure to keep your organization competitive in today’s business landscape.
What is hybrid integration?
Organizations leveraging a hybrid integration strategy combine cloud-based services with on-premises solutions to support their integration needs and drive business operations. But the goals of a hybrid architecture can vary slightly among businesses. They could be using the term “hybrid” as a means to:
♦ Seamlessly integrate on-premises systems and applications with cloud applications and services
♦ Facilitate B2B integration and enterprise application integration (EAI) on the same platform, to serve a mature mix of on-premise and cloud infrastructure
♦ Deploy various components of their integration technology in the cloud or behind their own firewall
Whatever it means to you, this type of integration strategy requires a hybrid integration platform that can flexibly connect and support the hybrid environment driving your business.
Why hybrid cloud integration?
The challenge many organizations today must address is how to effectively balance their pre-cloud legacy technologies that have powered the business for decades with the modern benefits of hosted, purpose-built cloud and SaaS solutions.
Evolving business process demands mean businesses support things new business models, including drop shipping, omnichannel retail, and e-commerce, which require more modern tools and more dynamic integration capabilities. So, it’s more common for companies to adopt subscription-based cloud technologies to drive those initiatives, including a CRM like Salesforce or Zoho, an ERP system such as Acumatica, a cloud financial management solution like Sage Intacct, or the Shopify e-commerce application to build a digital storefront.
Connecting and integrating core B2B systems with cloud-based technologies, then, requires different connectivity and integration approaches, such as using APIs and Web Services. Traditional enterprise integration approaches throw a patchwork of solutions at the problem, and such a setup means one-off tools, scripts, and technologies accumulate into a technology cluster that’s impossible to manage and impossible to efficiently scale.
A hybrid cloud integration architecture consolidates single-point B2B and enterprise service bus (ESB) technologies to simplify your integration patterns and advance your business outcomes.
Benefits of a hybrid architecture
A HIP enables businesses to:
♦ Integrate on-premise systems and applications with SaaS applications and cloud services
♦ Leverage the best-of-breed technologies that give you the best chance for business success
♦ Scale to handle emerging data requirements throughout your business ecosystem
But it also supports cloud, on-premise, hybrid, and embedded deployments to give you maximum flexibility and optimization, so you can:
♦ Deploy integration technologies in the cloud
♦ Run integration pieces in a private deployment (on-premise or in a private cloud)
♦ Manage your important integrations via self-service or managed service capabilities
A combination of self-service and managed services offerings is increasingly important today, as more regulated industries like healthcare and financial services demand added security, governance, and control of their integration processes, while others prefer to offload integration management altogether.
The managed services route means you can free internal resources from building and managing applications, save on hardware investment and maintenance costs, and reduce resources spent managing complex integrations and focus on core initiatives that will grow the business.
Taking the hybrid approach
IT decision-makers understand that in addition to their on-premise and legacy systems, they'll need to leverage cloud and SaaS applications to achieve their business goals. The most successful and agile organizations can adopt the best cloud applications and on-premise solutions for the business without having to worry about how they’ll integrate each.
A modern hybrid integration platform ensures the business-critical data from on-premise systems can integrate with cloud application data, but it also supports hybrid deployment, where you choose which integration pieces to run in the cloud, on-premise, or in combination, so you can that fits your business needs.
A true HIP like Cleo Integration Cloud supports multiple integration scenarios – whether it’s application integration, B2B integration, SaaS integration, or data integration – but also provides those capabilities in the cloud and as software for private deployment. Discover how Cleo Integration Cloud provides the ultimate flexibility, scalability, and reliability for your strategic and tactical integration needs.