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- 1 Hybrid Cloud Integration Tools for seamless On-Premises to Cloud Integration
Hybrid Cloud Integration Tools for seamless On-Premises to Cloud Integration
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications provide SMEs with on-demand software that can quickly aid departmental requirements, provide flexibility and the opportunity to grow with your business needs. It’s for these reasons, along with many others, as to why organisations are turning to cloud-based, SaaS applications. In a short amount of time this has aided the rapid growth of the SaaS business software industry. However, not all organisations need to move all of their existing on premises business software into the cloud.
Keeping some applications on premises can have its benefits such as retaining control over system maintenance and data in-house. It’s also worth considering that not all of your business partners and suppliers will have moved over to SaaS platforms.
Despite the advantages of keeping some applications on premises, using a mixture of on-premises and cloud-based SaaS applications can cause noticeable problems. The same can be said when using disconnected SaaS with SaaS applications and on-premises with on premises systems. It means that they run individually, storing distinct data sets in their own environment. This can cause process bottle necks, miscommunication and increased bi-directional administration tasks. On-premises to cloud integration can prove to be a cost effective and efficient move to make.
Hybrid Cloud Integration: Today’s Business Necessity
SMEs are searching for a way to consistently remove repetitive bi-directional data entry and improve the visibility of critical data to enhance company performance. Disconnected on premises and SaaS applications reduce the visibility of business critical data.
The flexibility that SaaS business applications can initially provide is removed. Businesses operating cloud and on-premises platforms require systems and applications that ‘talk to each other’, or business software that can be updated dynamically. A middleware integration platform has never been more fundamental to the success of today’s business operations.
Embracing application integration and data synchronisation enables business systems and applications to become a powerful resource. It improves employee productivity and increases the visibility of business critical information to enhance performance and assist decision making.
Data Integration: Simplifying Cloud and On-Premises Integration
Bridging the gap between disparate systems or online web services is a major challenge for the majority of SMEs. However, the wide range of available APIs and the ability for them to facilitate the passing of data has shifted their methodology. The majority of SaaS application services and on-premises solutions such as accounting, ERP and CRM systems and online shopping carts, offer an Application Programming Interface (API) to simplify data integration and synchronisation.
If required by your application data, an API facilitates regular updates. Where minimal or irregular updates are needed, or if an API integration is not available within a system or application, it’s possible to batch import CSV or export the retrospective data within Comma Separated Value (CSV) files.
Data Integration Platform: Bridging Systems and Applications Together
Whether on-premises or cloud-based, most business systems are designed to provide a flexible and easy-to-use framework with clear functionality that simplifies integration with third-party applications.
A well-designed system or application provides data integration tools with the opportunity to offer code-free, drag and drop application integration and data synchronisation across practically any cloud or on-premises information system or database. This can be particularly useful when identifying potential areas where data integration and synchronisation may be needed, such as:
- Company mergers and acquisitions
- Removal of cross platform, multiple database administration tasks
- Reducing high operational costs
- Improving the visibility of data and information
- Enforcing compliance procedures
Fundamentally, the goal of on-premises to cloud integration is to provide your systems and applications with the flexibility to be used to their maximum potential, thus streamlining business processes and improving performance.
Hybrid Cloud Integration: What Would You Like to Integrate?
Managing an on-premises to cloud integration project can be a complex task to initiate. It can take time with no immediate results, which can make decision makers hide away from bespoke system and application integration projects. This is where data integration and synchronisation platforms such as Codeless Platforms’ BPA Platform can play a large part in the success of your integration projects. The BPA Platform can alleviate the common pains associated with cloud and on-premises integration. By design, through its drag and drop user interface, the BPA Platform delivers and manages data integration and synchronisation and ensures that systems ‘play nicely’, no matter how complex the requirements.
For more information on data integration and synchronisation download the brochure below, or if you would like to discuss ways to simplify your on premises to cloud integration project please call us on +44 (0)330 998 8700.