CIOs and technology leaders are making decisions today that will impact their company’s growth potential for many years to come. One of these critical investment decisions is moving to the Cloud. Why is going Cloud-native the future of MDM software applications?
1. Upgrades & Updates: Cloud-native vs Cloud-hosted
An MDM SaaS software can be Cloud-native, Cloud-hosted or On-premise. It is imperative to understand the difference between these three and why being Cloud-native is superior and a better fit for Master Data Management (MDM) platforms.
A Cloud-hosted software is an On-premise software that is hosted on the Cloud instead of an On-premise data center (aka “Lift and Shift” model). All traditional concerns that came with this model will continue to exist such as all instances might not be on the latest version. A Cloud-native SaaS software that is built using Cloud technologies is typically architected and built with integrated Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) processes. This ensures that the systems always remain on the latest version and could be updated with minimal downtime. Another advatange is that all the customers benefit from the continuous innovation done by the application providers; no customer left behind!
As a business grows, the need to onboard more data for a domain or add more domains to manage, govern and analyze increases. With the advent and proliferation of social data, user interaction data and transactional data, MDM applications of the future need the capabilities to consume and infer a wide variety and volume of data. This data will be used to analyze and provide deep insights for more relevant master data management. Cloud-native platforms are capable of auto-scaling to meet these varying and increasing demands.
3. New Technologies for Enhanced Features
One of the biggest innovation the Cloud providers are working on is in the space of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). These new technologies can be used to build valuable and differentiating features that can help users do their work more efficiently. Only a Cloud-native application can integrate these technologies from the Cloud provider to build these enhanced features, like real time analytics, recommendations, predictive and prescriptive insights.
4. Cloud Integrations
A Cloud-native platform allows integrations to other ‘Clouds’ using the Cloud provider’s standard integration technologies like a stream, blob or APIs without opening up complex VPNs, NLBs, etc. thereby reducing management overheads. This also allows for standards-based integrations using security protocols like OpenId, OAuth2.0 etc. A Cloud-native platform provides significant advantages of integrating with other systems on the Cloud.
5. SLA (Service-level Agreements) based Monitoring and Alerting
Cloud-native software can leverage the advantages provided by the Cloud provider’s higher uptime features combined with the application stability features. This would mean that all of the monitoring, alerting and restorations when things are not working is moved away from the current IT staff to the Cloud provider. Various feature of supporting multiple regions, multiple data centers per region, geo-redundant storage etc. are used natively to obtain the higher uptime and better predictable restoration in the event of a failure or catastrophe. The monitoring and alerting features are part of the Cloud offering and can be integrated to the MDM applications for better operation functions like monitoring or troubleshooting.
Cloud providers are investing in security and privacy. The certifications on PEN Test, SOC 2 Type II, ISO 27001, GDPR etc. are standard offerings in Cloud-native infrastructure. This ensures that the Cloud-native MDM applications can benefit from these and offer higher standards of security and compliance capabilities to the customer.
Future-proof: Think Ahead or Get Left Behind
Going Cloud-native is the future for software applications, and MDM is no exception. Moving to the Cloud is not a “maybe” anymore, but a necessity in the investment in a company’s digital transformation journey. Choosing Cloud-native applications will future-proof businesses for years to come and understanding these advantages is key to starting the conversation and making the right business decisions.
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