Are you ready for the cloud?

Enterprises are turning to the cloud to help tackle growing amounts of data. Bridging on-premise with the cloud is the new hybrid frontier.

“A lot of customers still suffer from duplication and from the inability to master multiple sources of data to a single view.”

—Joshua Minton, Salesforce.com architect at Jobs Ohio

The benefits of cloud computing have been well documented. Scalability, business agility, and lower costs top the list. But in spite of these benefits, some very real drawbacks remain. Because data can live in many more places than it did before, the potential for data fragmentation and data silos has grown exponentially.

Gartner reports that private cloud computing has transformed from a business buzzword to very real IT objective: “Hybrid cloud computing is at the same place today that private cloud was three years ago. Actual deployments are low, but aspirations are high.”

No matter how much some people might hope that the cloud can fix all of a company’s problems, it can’t. If not used intelligently, the cloud becomes just another place for siloed data to live.

Approach the business

Juan Carlos Soto, senior vice president and general manager of Informatica Cloud, had this advicefor developers who want their on-premise systems to be integrated with the cloud.

“Even with all this cloud adoption, companies still have their traditional systems in place. And the challenge they have is, how do you stitch together all the information that now increasingly is in the cloud with your on-premise systems and data sources?” Soto said. “What I encourage developers to do is go talk with your lines of business. I’m sure several of them are adopting cloud applications today. Bring the expertise that you already have into helping them integrate the data in those cloud services with the rest of the data systems on-premise.”

Automate to innovate

Taking the right approach to cloud data management is a business and an IT imperative. It may help to hear how some developers are tackling hybrid IT. Joshua Minton, a Salesforce.com architect at Jobs Ohio, provides an example.

“Everybody knows that Salesforce.com has become an amazing information management platform,” Minton said. “One of the things it lacks, though, is a data management layer. A lot of customers still suffer from duplication and from the inability to master multiple sources of data into a single view.”

Minton said that by relying on automation tools, he was able to develop a smoother, pain-free user experience. At the same time, he could still ensure that the data needs of his organization were being met.

There's no doubt that cloud computing is transforming the IT landscape. More and more enterprises are adopting cloud computing and tackling increasing volumes of data. It is essential that they work with the business and leverage automation, to enable access to the data wherever it resides.

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