One key selling point for a cloud is that it is possible to integrate with. It provides the customer with interfaces that let the customer manage the resources through their own solutions. This in turn can make the cloud work for the customer in ways beyond just being a store where you buy instances and storage.
The elasticity of the cloud is made possible by ensuring that all resources can be managed through an API. These APIs are usually used by software that is already well integrated, a CLI so an operator can do previously time-consuming tasks quickly - or through an SDK, so a developer can roll their own integration.
“What’s in it for us?”
Combined with a good understanding of your business, taking the time and effort to succeed at cloud integration can reduce costs and environmental impact by using cloud resources more efficiently. It also provides you with the ability to innovate, and building solutions that are more capable than what you could before.
This can range from automatically scale the server capacity according to current (or expected) needs to give the users a consistent experience while not spending unneeded funds, to automatic provisioning of complete environments after successful and validated customer signup - shortening the time to go live by days or even weeks.
Where we can help
We do cloud integration every day, and we know that it can be difficult to know where to begin. We can help you assess what the low-hanging fruits are, and help you create a long-term plan to get the most from your cloud journey.