In the past, when companies discussed cloud computing , they've been thinking about the three major public cloud providers: Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure. For years, these providers have been the primary gateways through which organizations can access the cloud and all the benefits it offers. But the landscape has changed. Today there are so many products and 'Applications that cloud application platforms now rightly take center stage. About the Author
Scott Brown, President and CEO, FinancialForce .
The reason for this change is that companies have almost completely moved their applications Away from the premises and to the cloud As this process has been going on for several years, many companies have implemented several different cloud applications over time regardless of how they all interact with each other. created difficulties that companies must now reconcile as they seek to implementre more applications, but find that the interactions between APIs, inventory masters and client masters are awkward.
Add to this the fact that these applications each have their own own data models and are each subject to frequent updates, making it difficult to keep track of data. The overall result is that while businesses have been more settling in and evolving in our increasingly digital world, they have unwittingly fostered a hybrid cloud and an on-premises landscape made up of fragmented architectures.
To overcome the challenges of this hybrid landscape of different software from different vendors, companies are performing integration testing. The goal is to automate and link the disparate administrative and operational capabilities of each platform, a strategy known as "postmodern ERP". However, this is rarely a successful process.t more often than not it invites unnecessary risk as it takes time and costs that could be better spent elsewhere, for example on innovation.
The platform solution
So if these are What are the solutions to the past problems? This is where cloud application platforms come in. These anchor platforms, of which Salesforce is an example, allow companies to unify their different applications in a single digital ecosystem. This solves the data problem by removing all friction and barriers between applications.
As efficient as a "postmodern ERP" system can be, it is expensive and is rarely worth it. the effort required for its implementation, unless the organization is very large.Cloud application elms are a much more cost effective and simple solution. Instead of facing the organizational challenge of trying to map the data in front of several different systems, al l without missing key information and by manually assessing the needs of a particular business requirement, companies can let the platform do the job. work.
Cloud application platforms are specifically designed to streamline these processes and ensure that all data is up to date in each application and can be easily shared among all parts of the business. ecosystem. In addition, since each application is native to the platform chosen by the company, previous issues related to upgrades and innovation are eliminated as they will be managed centrally.
By removing all the problemsMapping s and complex APIs, organizations are able to view the data. in real time and make more timely business decisions. Maintaining data to this standard also allows business leaders to perform analyzes and accurately inform future decisions.
Implementing a platform solution
The business benefits of using a cloud application platform are clear, but it is important that organizations choose the platforms that will work best for their specific needs. There are three considerations: ecosystem, data management and usability.
As noted above, the ecosystem provided by these platforms and the many challenges constitute the a dThese are the main benefits of moving public cloud providers to a cloud application platform. that they solve. Thus, it goes without saying that organizations should assess the ecosystem of their chosen platforms to ensure that it contains all the applications necessary for the proper functioning of the business.
It It's important to note here that some companies can choose between one and three cloud application platforms depending on their needs. But no matter how many platforms they choose, they all have to meet the same demands of solving business challenges, driving results, and delivering the applications needed to grow the business.
Data management is another major benefit of this transition, so it is essential that the platforms chosen act as a single source of truth and allow real-time data access.the. This means that they should use a single customer account record that all teams in the company can view. The other aspect of data management is security. Organizations should ensure that the customer will retain ownership of their data, that the data will not be reviewed for sales or for marketing purposes and that the company may limit who can access the data 24/7.
Then there is of course the usability requirement, if the new platform is complicated and difficult to use then the whole transition process will be unnecessary. The platform should be intuitive for both customers and employees. A key benefit to look for is a similar user experience in many ecosystem applications, this will reduce the training required upfront as well as any training.future.
Cloud application platforms are undoubtedly the future of the cloud for businesses. Choosing the right platform or platforms and training employees for the new processes may take some upfront work, but the overall benefits are well worth it. Indeed, companies that adopt cloud application platforms will find that they have more time to work on innovation and operations, as they no longer have to spend so much time on test, create and manage integrations. The role of the IT organization will be transformed.