Bonn, 27.11.2018. More than a half of German companies will have a digital strategy by mid-2019. The cloud solutions are playing an increasingly important role for business processes as well as for IoT or Industry 4.0. However, in most cases, the effectiveness of new applications depends on whether they can be enriched with data from existing legacy systems. And indeed, 64 per cent of the surveyed companies believe that better integration of applications would accelerate the implementation of digital strategy. This is the result of the study “Cloud Integration Excellence” by IT research and consulting firm Crisp Research AG in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom, the mVISE subsidiary elastic.io and the Open Integration Hub project.
75.1 per cent of the surveyed companies of the surveyed companies already have a digitization strategy, even if it may only be the first draft. Such technology groups as IoT, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality have all been identified as the most important technological building blocks. Here, German companies are clearly increasingly turning to the cloud.
Already in the case of 82.5 per cent of respondents, Industrie 4.0 applications come either completely or partly from the cloud. With 81.2 per cent, the same is true for business applications. Whether from the cloud or on-premises, however, all these technology groups have one thing in common: Their integration with existing applications can create considerable value. And indeed, one out of five of the surveyed companies consider data exchange between the new and existing applications and systems to be imperative.
Here are some other exciting findings from the study:
- The German fear of the cloud is now clearly over
- Process speed and competitiveness are the top priority
- Lack of integration with SaaS applications is an impediment for a broader cloud usage
- The breadth of integration has somewhat decreased; however, the depth of integration with new applications is increasing instead
- Companies want to keep their process and data know-how in-house
Based on a survey of 261 IT, digital, and business decision-makers, the new study examines the relationship between the success of a digital strategy, the use of cloud applications, and the integration with cloud-based integration tools. The author, Dr Stefan Ried, Principal Analyst at Crisp Research says: “The integration of data and processes is about to change. Integration platforms in the cloud bring more knowledge about applications and pre-built integrations than ever before. ”
The complete study “Cloud Integration Excellence – from Middleware to the Cloud Ecosystem” is now available for download for free.