Tim Keller

Director of Client Development, Technology Solutions Group

Lessons in Cloud Integration: The More Things Change…


…the more they stay the same. That’s what it feels like to me these days, watching the evolution of enterprise computing.

I had the chance to describe today’s hybrid headaches and cloud complexities caused by the computing evolution in a recent webinar called “Breakthrough Thinking in Cloud Integration”.  In our on-demand webinar, my colleague Bryan Flanagan  describes the speed and simplicity of the IBM Cast Iron Cloud Integration solution – the time-savings (in days and weeks) realized by clients across industries are significant.

But allow me to step back and explain a bit further.

A decade ago, ERP software was considered revolutionary. There were these packages out there that promised to break down walls and link disparate systems so that everyone in the organization had access to the same information. So no matter where you sat — in HR, in procurement, in sales — you could see the same data as your colleagues. This promised great things: simpler workflows, less data entry (and fewer associated data entry errors), greater productivity and increased organizational efficiency. Best of all, it actually worked.

Then something else revolutionary came along: cloud computing. It promised great things too, like anywhere/everywhere computing capabilities, a pay-as-you-go model and more strategic use of in-house IT resources. Because of these benefits, companies started flocking to the cloud.

The problem? This move to the cloud, if not handled properly, has negated the strides made with ERP software. That’s because most companies now have their feet in two different worlds, with IT assets spread across on-premise and cloud infrastructures. They’ve created hybrid IT environments where information no longer flows from one system to the next. Instead, that information stays in silos — just like we saw before the advent of ERP.

That’s where a cloud integration solution comes in. It’s designed to knit together these disparate systems companies have inadvertently created by moving to the cloud. And the right solution can help you get it done quickly and cost-effectively.

Want to learn more about how the IBM Cast Iron Cloud Integration solution can help you move back to an integrated system?  Check out our 7-minute  on-demand webinar called “Breakthrough Thinking in Cloud Integration” and let me know your thoughts or questions in the comments below.

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