Cloud Integration


By 2017, the cloud software model will likely account for close to £1 of every £6 spent on software. While moving to the cloud is becoming a common business decision, many organisations are still trying to figure out the best path to meet their business needs and IT infrastructure goals. The resulting solutions often end up to a hybrid approach where organisations tap the value of both public and private clouds for different services. It is not uncommon that the purchase of each new Software as a Service (SaaS) application, data often becomes segregated into Cloud Silos and all too often we see the tendency to deploy new services without due consideration of how they will share information with legacy applications and the outside world all to frequently counteracting the benefits of using cloud services. The truth is that cloud solutions rarely stand alone.

Integration as a business differentiator

The good news is that many new cloud-native applications usually come with modern interface that make integrating them into the wider collective an easier task . We no longer live in the barbaric times when interfacing with an application required reverse engineering its database. But not integrating new applications or using a wrong integration architecture has even bigger consequences than it did before. When there were only a few applications used in the enterprise, and the amount of data was small, it was possible to get away with things like double date entry for a while. Today there are a myriad more applications, a lot more data, and it all moves much faster. Adding an application without considering the new events it may generate or the impact on existing events has the capacity to wreak havoc!

The great news for those that get integration right - the benefits of efficiency and competitve differentiation will flow!

No backdoor to SaaS applications

Before beginning a hybrid cloud integration initiative, it is necessary to understand the data policies and interface limitations of each SaaS vendor that you work with. No two are created equal, but two of the newest challenges to plan around are rate limiting and a lack of full operations on data held within an application.

Unlike on-premise solutions, most SaaS applications implement some form of rate limiting, either through well-defined rules and policies or through poor performance exhibited under load. Your best bet for both cases is to discover the limitations as soon as possible and plan accordingly. The first case is usually easy to research, while the second can only be discovered by exercising the interface (commonly referred to as an API or Application Program Interface).

The Solution: Blue Saffron Cloud Integration Services

In spite of the many challenges of cloud integration, cost effective and practical solutions are on the rise. Here at Blue Saffron we can provide the flexibility of solution deployment though both on-premise or cloud.

Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) our iPaaS solutions can carry out a variety of integration patterns and processes--not just point to point--and provide a secure means of accessing the enterprise. It also shares the flexibility and scalability of other cloud services. Our Private cloud based solutions allow companies to host their own integration solution. Perhaps most important of all, both can ably serve as a central point of interaction for different applications and services across the cloud and enterprise.

Both variants are powered by Jitterbit, a Gartner featured technology, that boasts hundreds of prebuilt connectors.

The services are underpinned by the Blue Saffron Professional Services. Our integration teams operate within a flexible framework to assist companies in deploying and customising solutions.