Is there a cookie cutter approach to hybrid? Nope.
We’ve just completed redeveloping our software as add-ins for SharePoint and SharePoint Online. That’s not what this blog is about though. Add-ins provide organizations doing business in the cloud, and on-premise, that there is some sort of stability or expectedness (if that is even a word) that applications will perform exactly the same regardless of environment.
In a hybrid environment the structure of the organization exists on-premise and in the cloud. The difficulty of course is ensuring interoperability between the environments. If this can’t be done, then the organization faces increased risk, inadequate return on investment, and may simply run into challenges that were not necessarily expected. This interoperability also applies to partners and vendors.
The lingering fear of cloud security rises to the top when discussing the cloud. Obviously, with the rise of breaches, hackers, and potential exposures, organizations may think they are prepared for the worst but often are more concerned about perimeter security than internal security. Beyond the security issues, cloud disconnects can arise when the organization simply isn’t on the same page between environments when it comes to policy, information governance, legal, compliance, and at the lowest level processes.
There’s quite a bit more to think about than security. Plus, there is no cookie cutter approach that can ensure the best way to avoid risk in the hybrid, or, for that matter, on-premises environment. What have you found that was important that your organization wasn’t expecting?