Where are your applications residing today? In-house or in the cloud? Are you managing them yourself, or is it handled by a third party? Does it really matter?
When it comes to application management, the focus has rapidly moved from fighting technical limitations to embracing new business opportunities. IT investment budgets have moved to business owners that are responsible to make their respective departments more efficient. The business requirements have never been more demanding, and it is putting pressure on the IT industry to find new ways to deliver solutions. Exactly where an application resides is less important today, and this trend will likely continue into the future.
When a large number of applications are handling a steadily increasing amount of data, you face some tough challenges: How do you share data efficiently – and how do you decide who has access to what? Even if you do not have a big IT department, you need a strategy that lets you deal with these questions. The field of vision is often obstructed by marketing terms like “managed services”, “outsourcing”, “platform as a service”, “software as a service”, etc. when the only really important thing is: How do you handle your data in the best way possible? After all, your data is one of your greatest assets.
A well thought-out and executed integration strategy provides a stable foundation for your IT and business decisions. The strategy will give your suppliers valuable information on how to interact with your infrastructure and applications, while management can focus on realizing their business goals.