Companies nowadays are leveraging multiple clouds to handle their computing needs. Often, these clouds need to be used together to perform a task. Businesses are demanding tools to integrate these clouds and service providers are listening. IT Business Edge contributor Loraine Lawson stated businesses that were once worried about cloud integration are now finding it easier thanks to resources provided by their cloud service providers.
Lawson cited a recent Saugatuck Technology study which found that businesses worry less about integration issues than data security, compliance and transaction integrity when employing an enterprise cloud. Cloud integration had been in in the top two in the yearly report for a few years.
Lawson explained that some of the worry has gone away because providers are giving companies integration tool kits that simplify the process for them.
"The demand for integration in today's business environment is greater than ever before and, fortunately, the tools are far more capable," stated Saugatuck vice president Mike West, according to the source. "Today, integration is the most critical competency we have discovered to leverage cloud business solutions in the boundary-free enterprise."
Companies are also demanding increased mobility from their cloud service providers. Business 2 Community contributor Lindsey Nelson stated that these types of cloud platforms can improve business operations.
Three goals that companies are trying to achieve when entering a mobile cloud are:
- Improving efficiency of day-to-day processes
- Allowing transparency with customers to improve service
- Giving employees tools for better collaboration
Integration is still a key step for leveraging a mobile cloud platform. Making sure that the mobile cloud is integrated with other clouds the enterprises use can allow data to flow in many difference directions.
"To achieve true success with mobile cloud platforms, it requires a well-conceived strategy, the right resources and a commitment to networking your business," wrote Nelson. "In turn, you will enabling (sic) your people to be connected to colleagues, partners, customers and their systems in entirely new ways."