Fixing cloud integration by Andrew Bell

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Today, most companies are still overwhelmingly on-premise. However, enterprises are turning more and more to the cloud in an effort to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of IT architectures.

Many hope to offload non-value adding processes and applications to the cloud, whilst others are looking to migrate fully to the cloud as part of their digital transformation journey. For SaaS applications to provide real value to businesses however, they need to integrate with other SaaS or on-premise applications in order to prevent the creation of data silos.

During the first wave of SaaS implementations, lines of business have typically introduced SaaS applications without regard for the overall IT strategy. Equally, they have built their own point-to-point integrations with other applications. This results in a non-architected integration landscape which is difficult to maintain and build upon.

In such scenarios, different and often incompatible standards and software are used to provide data integration, meaning that the cost of ownership has actually increased and cross divisional integration is more complex than ever. Security holes can also result in potential risks to organizations.

This piecemeal approach leads to a mass of point-to-point integrations done haphazardly and without real thought to common standards, community management, security, scalability, visibility or agility. Furthermore, because integration is point to point, companies face real difficulties upgrading when endpoints change.

Many enterprises that attempt cloud integrations end up in this state, which is why more than half of SaaS applications fail to live up to expectations. The cloud introduces a whole new dimension of complexity including:

§ IT is no longer fully central and controlled. Cloud applications do not run in an organization’s data center, and availability, reliability, security policies etc. are governed by the SaaS vendor.

§ Tooling is often inconsistent. Cloud providers may provide unique integration toolkits and APIs. An integration tool from one vendor may not be compatible with another cloud vendor. As the number of cloud providers increase, so does the number of integration toolkits. This can lead to a spaghetti of complex integrations between various SaaS and on-premise applications. Read the complete article here.

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How to integrate and extend Oracle CX Cloud solutions? A special webinar for EMEA partners on Dec 17th 2015

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Maximize the Value of Your CX Investments with Oracle Cloud Platform

With Oracle CX Cloud, companies not only get the most comprehensive CX offering, but also an innovative and powerful cloud platform to extend, analyze and integrate these applications with the rest of the enterprise resources, as well as to optimize them for every user. 

This session outlines the Cloud Platform (PaaS & IaaS) solutions that Oracle provides to streamline cloud development and empowers you to deliver enterprise-grade solutions rapidly and cost effectively. Join this event if you are interested in the most advanced way to extend, analyze and integrate the Oracle CX solutions. In subsequent webinars, we will drive you through further Integration Solutions’ details.

Agenda:

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    December 17th 2015 10:00 am CET

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Integration Cloud Service Campaign by IPT

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Thanks to our Swiss partner IPT for the excellent Cloud Integration Campaign. Great blog articles in German:

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Oracle sagt dem Silo-as-a-Service den Kampf an – Teil 2

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The Top Five Roadblocks to Cloud Integration by Carol Hildebrand

 

clip_image002In the digital economy, integration is no longer a technology term—it’s a business imperative. After all, when your business strategy depends on how quickly you can analyze and act upon data, building a clear and consistent flow of information is more than just a lifestyle choice.

But it’s not simple. Information must move across myriad applications from mobile and cloud-based apps to on-premises systems. Add in factors like the explosive growth of the Internet of Things (Gartner predicts 30 billion devices by 2020), and it’s pretty safe to assume that integration requirements are only going to get more complex.

“As companies respond to demanding customer expectations and unprecedented changes in the competitive landscape, integration has become a priority on the business side as well as IT,” says Amit Zavery, Oracle’s senior vice president of development, integration products. “In fact, nearly 80 percent of respondents to a recent Computerworld survey rated ease of integration with external data and apps as a top priority.” Read the complete article here

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Eine für alles: Cloud Integration statt Anwendungs-Chaos

OpitzDie IT eines Unternehmens wächst mit dessen Bedürfnissen, nicht nach einem Masterplan. Klar, dass dann irgendwann jeder Unternehmensbereich mit eigenen, speziellen Anwendungen arbeitet – von lokalen Business-Applikationen bis zur SaaS-Lösung in der Cloud. Probleme entstehen dann, wenn der Austausch zwischen all den Systemen nicht reibungslos läuft: das kostet unnötig Zeit, Nerven und Geld.

Viele Firmen nutzen bereits Integrationsplattformen als Schnittstellen zwischen einzelnen Systemen. Aber kann eine solche verzweigte Integrationslandschaft in Sachen Datenvolumen und Dynamik mit den neusten Entwicklungen mithalten?

Wie Sie sich den Überblick zurückholen, ihre Prozesse optimieren und bei der Integration wieder auf eigenen Beinen stehen können – darüber informiert Opitz Consulting ganz aktuell unter http://www.auf-eigenen-beinen.de. Neben einem Überblick zu möglichen cloud-basierten Integrationslösungen, zum Beispiel zur Oracle SOA-Suite, haben Sie dort auch die Möglichkeit, einen individuellen Beratungstermin mit den Integrations-Experten von Opitz zu vereinbaren. Ein kleiner Schritt für Ihre IT-Fachleute – vielleicht aber ein großer für Ihr Unternehmen!

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Cloud Integration by IPT and Oracle

image Ermöglichen Sie dem Fachbereich Innovationen in der Cloud durch Cloud Services Integration! Cloud Integration CH

Fachbereiche bringen mit neuen Cloud-Lösungen (SaaS, PaaS) schnell innovative Produkte und Dienstleistungen auf den Markt. Es entstehen dabei vielfach neue Insellösungen (Silos). Stellen Sie sich  die Frage, wie Sie die Insellösungen einfach und sicher wieder in Ihre IT-Unternehmensprozesse integrieren können?

Jedes zweite Unternehmen hat in den letzten drei Jahren Cloud-Lösungen (SaaS, PaaS) wieder aufgegeben, weil die Integration nicht funktionierte. Mit den iPaaS-Lösungen (Integration-Platform-as-a-Service), wie zum Beispiel von Oracle werden Cloud- und On-Premise-Anwendungen vernetzt, in Ihre ITUnternehmensprozesse integriert – keine Silos mehr!

Nutzen Sie die Chance – gewinnen Sie ein Cloud Services Integration Bootcamp mit ipt. Als Schweizer Integrationsexperte bietet ipt Ihnen einen halbtägigen Workshop an. In dem Bootcamp erarbeiten wir mit Ihnen die Grundlagen, damit Sie weiterhin den Fachbereichen Ihres Unternehmens nachhaltige Innovationen in der Cloud ermöglichen – schnell und sicher.

Versuchen Sie ihr Glück noch heute – gehen Sie auf www.cloud-integration.ch und machen mit beim Wettbewerb!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen IPT & Oracle Team

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Cloud Computing Definition & Architecture for Cloud Service Brokers

With the launch of the Oracle Cloud PaaS Platforms we will make the SOA & BPM Partner Community cloud ready. In this article series we will lay the foundation for cloud computing including definition and concepts.

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Cloud Computing Hype Introduction

Cloud Computing Definition and Criteria

Concepts in Cloud Computing

Industry focus & use case Cloud Computing Providers & Consumers

Differences between Cloud Definitions

NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture

Cloud Broker

Types Cloud Broker

Challenges Cloud Broker

Cloud Computing Hype Introduction

image Why is everyone talking about cloud computing? Drawn-out, expensive IT projects that are planned and implemented with few benefits for the business stakeholders are commonplace. In contrast, cloud computing offers business users the chance to immediately implement services with usage-based billing that are tailored to their requirements, often without the need to consult with the IT department.

However, aspects including security, architecture, availability, and standards are often not evaluated. Cloud consumers find themselves at the mercy of the cloud provider. Scenarios that require changing cloud providers after a cloud provider goes bankrupt, and the associated moving of data and/or applications, have not yet been sufficiently tested. Business continuity should play a key role from the start of a cloud evaluation process.

One of the greatest challenges here is the integration of existing data and systems into the cloud solution. Without integration spanning clouds and on premise systems, processes can only be executed in isolation, leading to cloud-specific silos of isolated solutions. Important information for users is not available across processes and systems. Problems that would have occurred in the company’s internal IT are now shifted to the cloud provider. To prevent "legacy clouds" or solutions that are hard to maintain, it is important to manage the entire architecture proactively and, in particular, the integration into the cloud. Even if cloud providers want us to believe otherwise, not every aspect of IT can be outsourced to cloud solutions!

Cloud Computing Definition and Criteria

Cloud computing is a model for usage-based network access to a common pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage systems, applications, and services) that can be provided and used quickly. IP-based services are requested via self-service and used online independently. A prerequisite for this is a broadband Internet connection with low latency. The IT resources are bundled into pools and provided as required. Billing is based on the services used. *1

Concepts in Cloud Computing

In cloud computing, the following models are differentiated on the basis of horizontal scaling:

· Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) – provides a hardware platform as a service, such as Amazon EC2 or Oracle Compute Service (now in preview)

· Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) – provides a software platform as a service, such as Google Apps Engine or Oracle Java Cloud

· Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) – allows applications and functions to be outsourced by virtualizing cloud providers’ hardware and software and providing the functions as services, such as Salesforce CRM [REF-1] or Oracle Sales Cloud

In deployment models, distinctions are made according to availability and installation location. Public clouds are services that are available to the public on the Internet. Private clouds are internal company services. Hybrid clouds and community clouds represent mixtures of these models, such as when Amazon computing power is used in the event of a failure or overload of an internal company cloud application.

Industry focus & use case Cloud Computing Providers & Consumers

clip_image005Large companies for which IT plays a central role or represents a competitive advantage often build internal company cloud solutions in their own data centers “private clouds”. Small and medium enterprises frequently use public cloud services. A further distinguishing feature is the cloud consumer focus. In the business-to-business segment, private clouds are predominantly used, while in the business-to-consumer segment the majority are public clouds (Figure: 1).

Differences between Cloud Definitions

Thomas Erl, Ricardo Puttini and Zaigham Mahmood define cloud computing in his latest book “Cloud Computing Concepts, Technology & Architecture”. Based on the NIST cloud computing definition they add “ubiquitous access” as a cloud characteristic, to reflect the trend that more and more services are used on mobile devices. As cloud computing becomes more and more adopted also in b2b services, companies run mission critical applications on a global level in the cloud, resiliency of this services becomes important. Therefore Thomas Erl Ricardo Puttini and Zaigham Mahmood add also “resiliency” to the cloud characteristics.*2

Wikipedia defined cloud computing more from a consumer perspective. The article highlights that cloud computing is often used as a jargon term without a commonly accepted non-ambiguous scientific or technical definition.*3. From my perspective the NIST definition is widely accepted between b2b vendors. Many software vendors try to brand their solutions as cloud solution, or cloud enabled solutions without to respect the NIST cloud definition. This reflects the change of the IT industry caused by cloud computing.

NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture

Together with the “The NIST Cloud Definition of Cloud Computing” the “NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture” lays the theoretical foundation of cloud computing. The NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture extends the definition by a reference architecture and a taxonomy. An additional actor and role model is introduced. The cloud provider offers IaaS, PaaS or SaaS services to the cloud consumer. Between them a cloud broker might offer service intermediation, service aggregation and service arbitrage. These services become more important as cloud services need to be integrated with on premise and integrated or exchanged between different cloud providers. A cloud carrier transports the cloud services from the cloud provider to the cloud consumer. A cloud auditor might support the cloud consumer and cloud provider in security, privacy impact and performance audits*4

Cloud Broker

NIST and Gartner define three different types of cloud brokers:

Service Intermediation

Provides value added services on top of a cloud platform. An example is the Force identity service from Salesforce. This identity service can be used to identify users across several cloud services.

Service Aggregation

Ensures the interoperability between different cloud services. An example is Boomi from Dell. The service let cloud consumers integrate for example a Salesforce CRM system with a Netleger billing system and or an on premise solution. As IT System are often historical grown and rally build on a green field approach cloud aggregation becomes key for cloud adoption.

Service Arbitration

A cloud service arbitrage provides flexibility and an “opportunistic choices” by offering multiple similar services to select from.*5 Heroku for example lets the cloud consumer choose between different cloud services. The cloud consumer might increase service level agreements or reduce the dependency from one cloud provider by a service arbitration service.

Key Benefits of Cloud Brokers

Key benefits of cloud brokers might include:

• Cloud interoperability: Integration between several cloud offerings

• Cloud portability: Move application between different cloud vendors

• Different data models between cloud offerings

• Modular services between several cloud offerings e.g. security, document or notification services to increase developer productivity and user usability & security

• Increase business continuity by reducing dependency from one cloud provider

• Increase SLAs by leverage multiple cloud provider

Challenges Cloud Brokers

Large leading cloud providers e.g. Google or Salesforce try to offer comprehensive services & platforms for cloud consumers. Often they are not interested to enable cloud broker services which might enable cloud consumer to choose or broker between different cloud providers. Sometimes their strategy can be characterized as a vendor log-in. Today no industry wide standard for cloud brokers is developed. To enable seamless service aggregation on a process level, between different cloud providers a meta-data model between them needs to be established. This model needs to include joint business objects and services to ensure seamless processes across multiple cloud providers.

Cloud consumers Dependencies based on Service Layer

The risk of such a vendor login might be based on the service model the cloud consumer chooses. The higher the service model, less has to build by the cloud consumer, more is provided by the cloud provider, the higher the risk of vendor login:

Service Model

Risk vendor login

Advice

SaaS

High

Same application on-premise available

PaaS

Medium

Standard programming language available several clouds

IaaS

Low

Operating & Virtualization technologies

With the need of cloud Brokers versus the trend to build whole cloud Economies by one dominant player this might be one of the most challenging and exciting areas of cloud computing in the next years. Today cloud consumers might carefully evaluate this in the cloud selection phase to ensure business continuity.*6

References

  1. NIST Definition Cloud Computing
  2. „Cloud Computing Concepts, Technology & Architecture” Thomas Erl, Zaigham Mahmood, Ricardo Puttini, PRENTICE HALL June 2013
  3. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
  4. NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture
  5. Gartner
  6. NIST Definition Cloud Computing

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Smart Combo – Cloud Integration Webcast January 26th 2015

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Cloud Integration – Unified and Comprehensive Cloud and On-premise Integration Discover the Value for Partners

Simplify cloud integration with a unified and comprehensive solution to integrate disparate cloud and on-premise applications. Oracle cloud integration leverages Oracle Cloud services as well as components from Oracle’s SOA, BPM, and data integration technologies.

Speakers will be:
– Olivier Tordo, Channel Sales – Senior Director
– Richard Lefebvre, Director CRM Partner Programs EMEA
– Christian Patrascu, Director of Product Management – Oracle
– Yogesh Sontakke, Principal Product Manager

Details and registration: » 26 January – 2 PM CET (1 hour)

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Cloud Computing and SOA – Part of the Industrial SOA article series

Cloud Computing Hype
Why is everyone talking about cloud computing? Drawn-out, expensive IT projects that are planned and implemented without any benefits for the business stakeholders are commonplace. In contrast, cloud computing offers business users the chance to immediately implement services with usage-based billing that are tailored to their requirements, often without the need to consult with the IT department.

However, aspects like security, architecture, availability, and standards are often not evaluated. Cloud consumers find themselves at the mercy of the cloud provider. Scenarios that require changing cloud providers after a cloud provider goes bankrupt, and the associated moving of data and/or applications, have not yet been sufficiently tested. Business continuity should play a key role from the start of a cloud evaluation process.

One of the greatest challenges here is the integration of existing data and systems into the cloud solution. Without integration spanning between clouds and on-premise systems, processes can only be executed in isolation, leading to cloud-specific silos of isolated solutions. Important information for users is not available across processes and systems.

Problems that would have occurred in the company’s internal IT are now shifted to the cloud provider. To prevent "legacy clouds" or solutions that are hard to maintain, it is important to manage the entire architecture proactively and, in particular, the integration into the cloud. Even if cloud providers want us to believe otherwise, not every aspect of IT can be outsourced to cloud solutions!

Share your comments and feedback on the Industrial SOA series by using the hashtag #industrialSOA. Read the full article at the Service Technology Magazine or Oracle Technology Network. Missed an article of the Industrial SOA series visit the overview at OTN.

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