Most companies have a plan to move their on-premise systems to the equivalent next-gen applications that exist in the cloud. With that plan, however, come new efficiencies but also new complications. The application owners need answers as to how the grand plan will come together. Here are the top 5 topics that we often get asked when customers are considering moving to the cloud:
- Will our legacy and new systems work together? It is nearly impossible to do a wholesale move to the cloud. As such, there is a need to have applications coexist. For example, the on-premise Hyperion Financial Management system used predominately by corporations needs to integrate with other EPM and BI applications from Oracle or other cloud vendors. Without building a cobweb of custom code, how can this be done? With OneCloud, these applications can easily coexist on-prem and in the cloud creating a unified and secure way to connect & automate those applications in a 100% code-free fashion.
- How does my data flow? - Companies are always concerned with the flow of their data and how it is managed and stored. Obviously, cloud EPM and BI vendors store corporate data but often companies really want to minimize third parties controlling their data. With OneCloud, the choice is yours when connecting Ground to Cloud or Cloud to Cloud. With OneCloud GroundRunners, data never flows through the OneCloud platform and strictly flows directly from an on-prem application to a cloud application only using the secure interfaces provided by the cloud provider. Learn more about the OneCloud GroundRunner.
- What is TLS? AES Encryption? - Since on-premise systems are under company control and not co-hosted in a multi-tenant environment, encryption is much less of a concern. With cloud applications, however, data always needs to be encrypted and secure in transit, and at rest. To that end, encryption security standards have been established that ensure data is indeed stored at an appropriate level and securely transmitted. The two current standards are AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 256 for storage and TLS (Transport Layer Security) 1.2 for secure HTTPS traffic. While OneCloud does not store data, all communications leverage the TLS 1.2 standard and any customers’ OneCloud metadata is strictly stored at the AES 256 level. To learn more, please view the OneCloud Security whitepaper.
- Security? Access? What are SSO and SAML? - End-users of on-premise systems typically have a lot of freedom to navigate in and out of applications. Generally, integration simply consists of launching a batch script on a shared drive. In the new enterprise world, this no longer cuts the mustard as new levels of security are required to access multiple applications that co-exist on-premise and in the cloud. As such, user access in combination with Single Sign-on (SSO) needs to the first order of business. OneCloud fully supports SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language)-based SSO providers so customers can build a secure end-to-end architecture between their cloud and on-premise environments.
- How does this tie in with DevOps? - Many companies leverage a shared-services approach for the day-to-day management of their enterprise applications. These groups use large enterprise job schedulers such as CA Automate, BMC Control-M, and Tidal. While these are great technologies handling a massive workload, they are strictly on-prem and have limited ability to interact with BI and EPM applications. This can be overcome if there is an appetite for custom code and adequate time and budget, but is that really the right and sustainable path? With OneCloud, the required application-specific commands that support modern cloud and on-premise EPM, BI and SoR (System of Record) applications can be leveraged in combination with legacy job-scheduling technologies. Now you have a best-of-breed approach that is maintainable, repeatable and scalable. Learn more by reading the whitepaper Application Process Automation: A Finance Systems Mandate.