2 Strategies For Integrating Legacy Applications With Your Cloud Strategy

integrating-legacy-systems | Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-networking-concept-cloud-network-on-wall/466743609

Many organizations have legacy systems that stand in the way of a forward-looking cloud strategy. In industries like manufacturing, CIOs may feel stuck between continuing to use very specific legacy systems while steering the organization toward cloud computing. Fortunately, there are two solutions to this seeming dilemma.


Tailoring Your Cloud Strategy And Network Optimization Planning

tailor-your-cloud-strategy | Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-illustration-speech-bubble-with-business-doodle/173768343

Your company’s cloud strategy should reflect your goals: If that goal is network optimization, you might focus on different tactics than if your main goal was reducing capital expenditures. I always recommend organizations take the time to ask, “Why do we want to use the cloud?” Narrowing down these reasons is helpful, especially at the outset.


Most Data Centers Are Far From ‘Fat-Free’ When It Comes To System Utilization

fat-free-data-centers | Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-computer-server/78744231

Most data centers are a bit flabby. Instead of pursuing optimum system utilization as a “fat-free” data center, data center managers and customers would rather be inefficient than risk their uptime, according to a recent article on CIO.in. “Fat-free” is an intriguing goal, whether you’re talking about network optimization or running data centers.


Why Systems Integration Is Vital To Your Hybrid Computing Environment

systems-integration-vital | Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-cloud-computing-service-with-a-business-man/186917727

All the “the cloud wars” hype makes it easy to overlook a basic fact: Many organizations still use legacy and on-premises solutions, and need systems integration to connect them to new cloud tools. Some enterprises are moving sensitive applications on-premises for security reasons, according to an article on CIO.com, resulting in complex hybrid environments.


How To Build A Cloud Application Strategy That Integrates Legacy Systems

cloud-application-legacy-strategy | Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-smartphones/477385503

One problem I see many companies running into is that they have recently made significant investments in on-premises technology and don’t want to throw out a bunch of these systems just to achieve a full cloud migration. I recommend having a cloud application strategy in place regardless of where these legacy applications are in their lifecycle.


Implementing A Cloud Strategy: Why 74 Percent Of Enterprises Use Consultants

enterprises-use-consultants | Photo Courtesy of ThinkStock http://www.thinkstockphotos.com/image/stock-photo-successful-meeting/168372833

At many organizations, implementing a cloud strategy has become increasingly complex. No wonder most enterprises now rely on consultants to handle their cloud migration strategy. In 2012, 74 percent of enterprise customers in North America, Asia and Europe used professional services for deploying a cloud strategy, according to a CIO.com article.