Cloud computing has hit its stride; it has become a part of IT strategies across the globe, and the benefits of turning to a hosted environment can’t be ignored. But it often seems like companies are viewing their options as “go cloud, or go home,” rather than thinking strategically about their needs as an organization. While it’s important to embrace emerging technology and strive to modernize operations, this view of cloud is simply not realistic for most organizations.
Typically, cloud offerings are simpler in structure and less feature-rich. However, they’re also much easier to use, and offer scalable and flexible environments that can be tailored for an organization’s specific needs. This seems to resonate well with business buyers, as cloud offerings provide the necessary functionality without the obligation of investing in add-ons and extra features businesses don’t need. Users get the tool they need—and can use–when they need it.
But, even with the numerous benefits of the cloud, it’s not a silver bullet solution for most organizations. Today’s dynamic environment often requires a combination of on-premise platforms and cloud-based solutions to meet the complex needs of the enterprise. Often, the right answer is a hybrid environment that enables organizations to build business applications on the fly, across the enterprise, while reserving on premise solutions for areas of the business, like security for example, that may not be a fit for the benefits of a virtual infrastructure.
Turning more specifically to application development, deploying applications in the cloud is helping make solutions by end-uses and for end-users easier than ever. But when legacy systems or governance and regulatory requirements restrict business data to live in the cloud, end users can find themselves up a creek without a paddle. This is where the promise of hybrid environments that are able to connect back to the on-premise world makes an impact. In a world where users can build and bring their own apps in the cloud and, as a key driver to make that a success is the ability to securely reach back to the business IP that’s locked up in on-premise and legacy systems.
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