Every CIO conference I have gone to in the past 3 years has focused on the cloud.
IaaS, SaaS, PaaS and now even iPaaS are the focal point of every conversation.
It’s a given that cloud adoption has massive potential savings for organisations in relation to network management, infrastructure, product development,
Cloud Legacy Integration is a major barrier to organisations adopting the cloud.
The reason to move legacy apps to the cloud is well documented – ROI, performance, scalability & reduced upkeep costs. These are extremely attractive
for organisations, hence the major interest in the cloud for CIOs.
However, with the push to adopt the cloud comes a lot of headaches for CIOs.
The unfortunate fact for medium & large organisations is that their existing legacy systems are huge juggernauts with highly complex & important data.
Systems are complex, and when a system is complex the stakes are higher for an organisation when considering adopting it for the cloud.
Most of these systems are so complex & have been around so long that even considering additional functionality or a complete rewrite is out of the
question. It’s just too risky & costly to consider touching it at all. So, you need a cloud legacy integration technique.
The obvious options are to virtualise systems & transfer them to the cloud which ticks the IaaS box. But what about your legacy data? How can that be
harnessed by the cloud to make it available in a mobile format for end users, management, SaaS apps, etc to harness? For obvious reasons companies don’t
want to expose all of this information. That’s fine, but there’s a wealth of information which could be extracted & used in a meaningful way.
Thankfully, there are options out there.
One such option which we have implemented for organisations is the Hybrid Cloud. Hybrid cloud is a combination of private & public network applications which interface with each other, offering the benefits of privacy & data security with the potential of the cloud.
Legacy data is essentially forklifted up to the cloud where consumers, management, SaaS applications, etc can process the information.
How is this done?
In essence we write cloud based SaaS applications which can integrate with the end consumer & other SaaS products. Data is securely communicated between
secure internal networks & the cloud using cloud messaging services.
This is done using secure cloud messaging services.
What this means for our clients is that they can now expose valuable data to consumers, SaaS systems (CRM, Accounting, etc) from their legacy systems.
Valuable data can also be garnered from cloud applications & be fed into legacy applications.
cloud SaaS interacts with the consumer & other cloud products using a 2-way communication system with the legacy application.
What are the benefits of this?
1. Integration with cloud based SaaS systems is possible with minimal disruption.
2. Selected information from your internal systems is securely exposed in the public & private cloud
3. Information from end users & cloud SaaS applications can be fed into existing legacy apps
4. The legacy app can remain relatively unchanged.
5. There is minimal disruption to your legacy systems