Developing a digital strategy is key to reaping the benefits of the digital economy. Yet many companies, even those keen on starting their data-driven journey with hopes of transforming their organizations, wonder where to begin. It seems such a huge undertaking to bring about change, especially when it comes to technology. Leaders may wonder if they are ready and if they have the necessary resources to turn their visions of being change agents into reality.
Every company who wants to be more data-driven can now do so. Advances in technology, particularly in cloud computing, has made it easy for small and large organizations alike to modernize their operations.
While there are many things to consider when developing a data strategy involving cloud integration, there are three things to consider when starting out:
- Identify the right technology provider or consultant for a seamless integration. There are many competing providers available in the marketplace, and many of them have excellent products and services. But as a leader of your organization, you have to work with a company that can tailor fit their solutions to your needs. Expert consultants can advise you on the pros and cons of a specific platform, or application. You’ll also want to partner with someone who understand digital business models, in order to advise you on potential business process efficiencies and revenue drivers made possible by cloud integration.
- Determine what modern application infrastructure your company needs, and what implementation will look like against various time horizons. Successful cloud integration journeys take on phased approaches because it takes a solid process to implement. Set your expectations in terms of what data, processes, software, and hardware should be integrated first, and plan for each phase as you go.
- Understand what integration processes and applications may complement your existing architecture. Even if you want to be 100% onboarded in the cloud, reality might dictate that your company will first need software integration platforms to connect and modernize legacy software and hardware. Unless your company started off as a digital company, it is likely that going to the cloud fully on day one might not make sense. Many companies start with hybrid cloud models to integrate existing proprietary technology or confidential data with promising, nimble apps on the cloud.
Cloud integration enables companies to adapt to a changing world by developing an environment where various applications can co-exist. It creates network where multiple applications share data in the cloud, and even