Integration software as a service

 

According to a Microsoft finding, 70% of IT budgets are spent on managing infrastructure – servers, operating systems, storage, and networking

So the debate again for every businesses, either big conglomerate or SME is –‘To be or not to be “Cloud”’. Fascinating that Bard’s work has always been contemporary and can never fade into sands of time.  So which is better? Licensing software or cloud based business software and who is the best person to make this decision?  The buck stops at you and you better be sure that it is well spent.

Some of the challenges that cloud the In-house operations are scalability of operations in accordance with the business growth and high cost of resources required to run the IT which is not sustainable for a SME specifically. When it comes to scalability it is always preferable to have an elastic infrastructure which will allow you to scale up or down as per the enterprise demands. Coming to resource utilization it has been a proven fact that majority of time is consumed on applying software patches or monitoring the health of a network. This does not give any room for the staff to focus on innovation or some strategic initiatives that a market demands.

Every business wants to optimize cost and enhance the efficiency of their systems and it is imperative that a thorough understanding of both traditional licensing model as well as cloud model is required. Talking about cloud and how it can impact a SME kind of business we need to define the premises well.

We will take the following eco system within which a SME operates – Very dynamic (unpredictable) and competitive market, employee strength 10 – 250 people at any time, Operational efficiency should be high so that profit margin is above average, very difficult access to best resources (capital as well as manpower), restricted access to new technologies (specifically the mobile platform).

Considering all these aspects of a SME, as a starting point the business owner can look in to opting for Integration software as a service to test the waters. The value added benefits that a SME gets in terms cutting down software licensing cost, ease of operations, speed of deployment and flexibility, getting their systems connected/exposed onto the cloud, making their products available in both Mobile/web platforms to increasing sales etc. is phenomenal. There are so many research papers available on the net to serve testimony to this fact.

So what does an integration software service actually deliver? They are Interoperability, Data integration and Robustness. To dig deeper in these three aspects of integration we need to consider the enterprise architecture which is collection of multiple systems which are operating in silos that do not communicate with each other.  The reason is they are built for different purposes like supply chain management, business logic, managing customer and employee information etc. EAI is an approach developed to solve this problem and integration software is built of this approach.

In terms of how consumers are dealing with business these days it is very evident that everything has become digital and both rely upon electronic means to transact information.  Also government regulations have become stringent and enterprises need to have strong IT policy when it comes to transparency. All these pointers are indicating that the path for any business and specifically SMEs should adopt integration software service to enhance their IT operations.

There is definitely lot of misconceptions around cloud based model like threat to data integrity, complexity of licensing in cloud based software systems, varying ROI etc. As a business owner you need to sit with the cloud vendor and obtain clarity on all dimensions of the services provided by a cloud model. But one thing you can be assured is that you can always switch to traditional software license model as cloud model is subscription based and you do not spend a penny more than it is required. You do not have this advantage in a licensed software acheter du cialis model.

Some may even argue that both these models are apples and oranges which are true to an extent but game is changing and there is a huge shift towards cloud based model which is evident the way Windows 10 OS is getting marketed by Microsoft. Wind is blowing towards clouds and it will be an intelligent thing to set your sail aligned with it.

To conclude this conversation it is impossible to ignore the ‘Digital India’ vision articulated by our honourable PM Narendra Modi. In a nutshell, He wants to integrate the government department to the people of this country which requires that all services henceforth will be in electronic mode sans any kind of paperwork. The framework within which this operates is Digital Infrastructure, Deliver the services in digital form and increase the Digital literacy among the population.

This presents a huge challenge as well as a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs to participate in this revolution. Bhubaneswar based start-up Drubus technologies has already laid the foundation to contribute its capabilities to make this vision come true. We have proven competency in the domain of Integration software as a service to help SME (small and medium enterprises) integrate on premise (within their datacentre or network) systems with “external” systems/endpoints to achieve a business transaction. The differentiating factor for this software will be the ease of on-boarding ( minimal IT expertise required) and step up pricing based on number of transactions of various payloads ( message size).  This will allow easy adoption of complex and costly “integration” of on premise applications with SMAC (social, mobility, analytics and cloud) apps for specific business requirements required by either specific business unit or operations within one business without going for a full scale costly on premise deployment for an integration stack.