3 reasons why playing safe can pay off.
It must be said that selecting a cloud-native integration platform from IT leaders such as Microsoft (Azure Integration Services), AWS (Application Integration of AWS), and Oracle (Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud) comes with significant advantages.
Three, in fact.
- Your integration platform’s technology is consistently updated
- You can ensure a streamlined technology stack
- You can leverage the best commercial solution by utilising a multi-cloud strategy
Let’s look at those three propositions in a little more depth.
1. The appeal of evergreen technology
From the perspective of a CTO, the advantage of going with a leading player is that no matter which one you choose, your cloud-native integration will be continually enhanced as part of their strategy. So, in effect, you don’t need to worry about which provider you choose. You can be confident that their solution won’t be retired or reach the end of its roadmap. That they will continue to onboard more and more connectors, and they are highly unlikely to be sold off (although stranger things have happened).
The big three providers provide cloud platforms and services to some of the world’s largest organisations, so you can be confident that what’s on offer works seamlessly. And if there’s any downtime, you can take comfort that their largest and most important clients – who contribute millions of dollars of annual revenue - are also weighing in with their concerns. And they are most definitely heard loud and clear, even if you worry your voice is lost in the crowd.
2. Streamlined solution stack
When you opt for one of the big three providers, you invest in streamlining your technology stack - everything works together seamlessly. So, if you have an existing Microsoft environment, choosing Azure as your integration layer may make sense. Or if you use JD Edwards or NetSuite as your ERP, then Oracle Cloud is perhaps an easy choice.
It must be noted, though, that competition is fierce. Having a vendor-dominant technology stack isn’t an automatic shoo-in for that vendor’s cloud integration platform just because it’s an ‘easy’ option.
3. Mitigate costs with multi-cloud
With big providers comes big competition. And if you have a multi-cloud strategy to deliver flexibility, simplicity, and cost-savings, you are well placed to take advantage of some of the excellent commercial deals and low-code or click-to-configure features from Azure, AWS and Oracle.