Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

STME says hybrid IT calls for integration strategy in Middle East  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN Press - 17/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN Press) Companies looking to adopt cloud computing, but are also keen to keep their existing IT infrastructure and on-premises applications will benefit from the flexibility that hybrid integration has to offer, says an executive from STME, Middle East's leading solutions provider and systems integrator.

However, in order to maximise the potential of hybrid IT, the right hybrid integration strategy must be put in place to respond to the unique IT needs of a company, according to Mohannad Amr, Project Management Officer at STME.

"Enterprises have already invested and will continue to invest in on-premises core applications and infrastructure architecture tailored to their needs," says Amr. "But the emergence of social media, smartphone and tablet technologies, and even workplace practices such as BYOD (bring your own device), have expanded engagement points and pushed enterprises to rethink their existing platform so as to seize new opportunities that the cloud presents."

Across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, cloud computing adoption is gradually taking off as per a recent industry survey. Between 2012 and 2017, the region is expected to have the highest cloud traffic growth rate in the world at 57 per cent CAGR, followed by Asia Pacific and Central and Eastern Europe, according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index.

Gartner estimated revenues from the cloud services market in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to be around US462.3 million in 2013, rising by more than 24% from the previous year's figures.

"Cloud is no longer just a buzzword, but rather a reality that no organisation can ignore. By adopting hybrid integration, companies get to dip their toes into cloud computing without totally abandoning the conventional approach. However, getting the right hybrid environment balance has proven to be challenging," says Amr.

To address this concern, Amr adds, IT departments need to scrutinise strategies and align them with their enterprise operational needs prior to commencing hybrid integration. "This entails being crystal clear on the interoperability requirements between systems, the level of data flow integration, and the scalability andextensibility needs in the future."

A number of literature on integration of on-premises and cloud environments that are individualised for specific industries are also available to help IT managers. The generic theme includes carrying out Application Portfolio Analysis (APA), where existing application portfolio is analysed and rationalised for best possible alignment between on-premise and cloud systems.

Gradual transformation is another key strategy, where enough time and thought are given to build new layers in order to consolidate and standardise systems. In addition, ongoing optimisation of both architecture and processes, as well as harmonising data continuously are crucial to maintaining service levels and efficiency.

"At the tactical level, it is not uncommon to find IT departments trying to integrate on-premises and cloud applications by creating custom codes using a cloud service's application programming interfaces (APIs). The downside of this approach is that not only can these APIs be complex, but the degree of such integration is also limited to the capabilities that the cloud service vendor allows through APIs," he says.

The use of Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is another strategy, which utilizes advanced cloud-based set of services that allow for the development, management and governance of the connections and information transfer between on-premises and cloud-based applications. "Although more costly up-front, this method transfers the risks of API in-house development along with future ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the iPaaS vendor," Amr adds.

While it may provide several advantages, adopting a hybrid integration environment also posts some disadvantages, he says. "Increasing reliance on the cloud makes CIOs more engaged in managing service level agreements (SLAs) with multiple service providers instead of managing their own systems. Users also need to accept some latency due to Internet- vs. LAN-based communications, though that is being mediated by the development of advanced web technologies and ever growing bandwidths."

Overall, hybrid integration offers a safe bet for Middle East companies eager to tap the cloud's potential.

About STME



  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 28 2015 - Turkey revised military engagement rules in 2012The Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Turkey's rules of engagement were changed long before Tuesday’s downing of Russian aircraft when on June 22 2012Syria shot down an unarmed Turkish ...

 Nov 28 2015 - Turkey- Arrest of Turkish journalists over Syria trucks news sparks outrageThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Domestic and international press institutions and political figures have condemned the Nov. 26 arrest of daily Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar ...

 Nov 28 2015 - In New York a warmer reception for Syrian refugeesThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris politicians and others are calling for a ban — or at least a delay — on the influx of refugees to the ...

 Nov 28 2015 - IS attacks raise odds of closer international cooperationThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) A new wave of Islamic State (IS) group terror attacks has exposed the vulnerability of countries across Europe and the Middle East forcing governments to ...

 Nov 28 2015 - UAE's international sphere inks contract with LiechtensteinMENAFN
(MENAFN) UAE based investment firm signed a business contract with the Liechtenstein Foundation for State Governance.Moreover; global sphere will organize the important approvals from African ...

 Nov 28 2015 - Saudi's National Trans and Despatch Co. gets USD 4.5mn for power projectMENAFN
(MENAFN) National Transmission and Despatch Co. Limited (NTDCL) and United Bank Limited signed a finance facility of USD 4.5mn for building a 270km transmission line.Furthermore; this investment ...

 Nov 28 2015 - Qatar fund plan gives optimism for the blindMENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar fund plan is giving hope for millions of children suffering from blind issues, the donation worth USD 8mn.Furthermore, the joint "Qatar Creating Vision" plan will fund surgical ...

 Nov 28 2015 - Saudi- Schools to improve science educationArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have signed several agreements to boost science and technology teaching at schools. ...

 Nov 28 2015 - MCI judged best e govt department in GCCArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) won the award for providing the Best E-Government Service among Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The award 'Best ...

 Nov 28 2015 - Saudi- Al Qaeda supporter gets 19 yearsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: A special court has sentenced a Syrian national to 19 years in jail for supporting Al-Qaeda and other terror-related activities. The sentence includes three years for ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help