By Mark Emmons
What you’ll learn:
● Why businesses struggle when moving processes to the cloud
● How a modern integration platform connects hybrid architectures
● Boomi’s role in cloud migration and avoiding the “modernization chokepoint”
Hot trends can have the shelf life of milk in business today. They hit their expiration date fast.
Take cloud migration. Conversations about “moving to the cloud” can feel so 2021 and have been overtaken by fresher topics such as everything AI. After all, aren’t most businesses now seeing the benefits of cloud computing?
The short answer: It’s complicated.
For instance, PwC’s 2023 Cloud Business Survey found that 78% of 1,010 U.S.-based executives said their companies “had adopted cloud in most or all parts of the business.” That makes it seem like the business party is in the cloud, right? But at the same time, more than half said their cloud modernization efforts had fallen short of expected results such as saving/making money, improving resilience, etc.
There’s a disconnect. (More on that idea of connectivity in a moment.) The reality is your business probably is somewhere on the continuum of migrating to the cloud. The real question you should ask yourself is not if your business embraced cloud computing but if you’re doing it well.
Common Considerations for Cloud Modernization Projects
If your business is soaring in the cloud, congratulations! But if you’re struggling to gain altitude, so to speak, you’re hardly alone. That’s why Boomi created the helpful guide, “The Integration Checklist for Cloud Migration.”
We’ve identified the key steps to help you improve your chances of success with migration projects and take full advantage of the cloud. Our goal isn’t to tell you how to structure your migration but what you should consider so that you’re fully prepared as you move operations, processes, and workloads from data center environments.
One common struggle for businesses is underestimating the role of integration. That’s why a modern, low-code platform designed for speed and cloud environments is valuable for migration efforts. It can reduce costs, minimize complexity, and connect any technology, so you avoid lock-in with vendor ecosystems.
“The cloud has become seen as the promised land,” said Ed Macosky, Boomi’s chief product officer. “But cloud migration must be approached thoughtfully, strategically, and only in ways that make sense for your business. If you’re not careful, you’ll be stuck in a modernization chokepoint.”
Macosky refers to the lack of connectivity that’s often the downfall of cloud initiatives. It’s not just for the actual migration of workloads. How do you connect everything for seamless data flow after you’ve moved some or most of your processes?
Cloud Modernization Requires Flexibility
Cloud migrations require flexibility because critical systems will likely reside in different environments. You may have one technology foot in on-premises systems with the other in the cloud. And that the architectural structure will constantly change. But everything still has to communicate and share data.
Traditional middleware systems designed for an architecture entirely ensconced within a data center aren’t up to the challenging task of cloud integration.
On the other hand, the Boomi intelligent integration and automation platform addresses this exact challenge. The single instance, multi-tenant architecture ensures systems stay connected and synchronized – wherever they are. Boomi’s runtime engines for integration sit wherever you need them, whether in the cloud or behind the firewalls of an on-site environment.
You leave no IT system behind by connecting multiple generations of technology. You also only move or retire systems when appropriate for your business. It’s the best of all worlds by linking every application, cataloging all existing data sources, migrating desired workloads quicker, and archiving retired systems.
“In these economic times, the bottom line matters,” Macosky said. “CIOs are looking closely at their budgets and making hard decisions. They’re moving workloads to the cloud that make sense but keeping some legacy systems on-premises because they’re not broken and don’t need fixing. That’s where Boomi comes in, because we’re a bridge. You can connect systems across a blend of cloud, hybrid, multicloud, and on-premises environments.”
Trends come and go. But cloud computing is here to stay. Businesses won’t reap the full benefits of the cloud if they lack an integration strategy focused on modernization. Our guide will help you think through what’s best for your business.
Download “The Integration Checklist for Cloud Migration” to learn more.