IDG Contributor Network: How to build for change in a cloudy world

The cloud market is on the rise, with organizations drawn to the promise of increased agility, reduced costs and improved operational efficiency. According to Gartner, the worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 21.4 percent, from $153.5 billion in 2017 to $186.4 billion in 2018. Yet, while most organizations are using multiple clouds or deploying hybrid cloud environments, it is rarely part of a thought-out strategy. More often than not, various parts of the business adopt different cloud solutions ad hoc, leaving IT to deal with the messy aftermath.

Creating a successful cloud strategy relies heavily on integration. For example, in order to effectively migrate an application to the cloud, organizations must also migrate and preserve the functionality of each integration connecting that application. Similarly, moving data to the cloud requires that the integrations are preserved between the data source and downstream applications. With a strong integration strategy in place, organizations can assemble best-of-breed cloud solutions rather than locking into one vendor or facing compliance issues as a result of regional regulations like GDPR and PSD2. However, it’s often easier said than done.

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