Cloud computing revolutionized the business world in the early 2000s. At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, the cloud became the standard for doing business. Studies estimate that 94% of enterprise companies now use cloud services. On the small business side, according to the Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud Report, spending on cloud services has increased by 38% from last year. For companies with cloud services, the top goal in 2022 is to optimize their current cloud usage. But what about companies that are still lagging behind the cloud wave? Need convincing that the cloud is right for your company? This article will define cloud integration and look at seven ways cloud services can push your organization to the next level.
What is Cloud IntegrationCloud integration uses technology to build a cohesive, connected IT and data infrastructure across your organization. Instead of siloed systems, spreadsheets, and location-based functionality, the cloud breaks down data siloes and enables companies to access the information they need anywhere. Integration solutions can deliver 100% cloud-based services or a hybrid. Both are considered cloud integration and enable companies to share data more quickly, streamline workflows, and build greater efficiency in business processes. Options for cloud integration platforms are increasing as organizations increase their use of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions as they increase overall cloud usage.
Types of Cloud IntegrationCompanies can opt for different cloud solutions, from 100% cloud-based operations to a hybrid model. Integrations can be cloud-to-cloud (100% cloud) or cloud-to-premises (hybrid). The types of integrations fall into two categories:
- Data integration: Data integration essentially synchronizes all of your organization’s data so that they “speak the same language.” The data integration process combines all your databases, converting data, transferring it, and storing it in a centralized platform.
- Application integration: Application integration goes beyond synchronizing data. Application integration helps connect workflows, communication, and business processes. A cloud integration example for this would be using an API to connect Slack, Asana, and your CRM so that when you update your CRM, someone gets a ping in Slack, and Asana creates a new task.