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Managing the Risks of Hybrid Cloud

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Hybrid cloud environments promise significant benefits, but only if the attendant technology risk is managed effectively

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Cloud-based enterprise applications are now mainstream as more companies adopt them to gain flexibility, speed and a better end-user experience.

While shifting enterprise applications to the cloud can bring quick benefits - fast access to new technology in a simpler, more cost-efficient landscape - it also creates a unique set of challenges. This is especially true in hybrid environments, where on-premise and cloud applications are used together, and may include both private and public clouds with complex integrations. What’s more, these are the most likely environments for large enterprises.

The Loss of Control. Hybrid cloud introduces risk, since cloud-based apps take some control out of the CIO’s hands. This is especially difficult since managing risk has become such a critical part of the role of the CIO. The most significant loss-of-control relates to the timing of application changes. Simple changes to a single business application could have a domino effect of disrupting your critical end-to-end business processes that weave through multiple applications with complex integrations between them.

Software changes in the enterprise—whether cloud-based or not—are happening at an unprecedented rate, requiring IT teams to work continuously to ensure the quality of integration between cloud and on-premise applications in a hybrid environment. This cannot be handled by manual testing processes because there is simply not enough time and there are not enough people to cover this level of change across so many enterprise applications. According to a recent study, the typical large company has 50 enterprise applications for every billion dollars in sales. At this scale and at today’s pace of business, manual approaches to quality assurance no longer work.

Automation: An Essential Tool. Automating risk management with high-velocity business process testing is critical to effectively manage a hybrid cloud environment. The benefits include:

  • Reduced technology risk for public, private, and hybrid cloud applications
  • Shortened cloud project timelines and reduced cost of deployment
  • Successful integration of cloud applications into the enterprise application landscape with quality business execution
  • Validation of every critical end-to-end business process to ensure that technology changes do not disrupt the business or its customers

Automation software for business process validation, like Worksoft Certify, can enable 24/7/365 coverage in complex, hybrid cloud environments. Whether you’re moving entirely or partially to the cloud, automation can help businesses to accelerate cloud projects and reduce technology risk.

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