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Companies currently spend as much on custom development as they do on applications, mostly to sustain or build differentiation in the market. This means most SaaS applications are complementing what already exists on premise. Will companies completely replace their on-premises applications with cloud applications?
A Hybrid Model
No. The future of cloud will be hybrid, which puts mature integration on the road map of any company that does not want to be left behind. iPaaS solutions conveniently provide ready-made integration packs between SaaS applications and on-premise applications to support “cloud to ground” scenarios.
SaaS has become an increasingly appealing option for many large companies for the cost savings and flexibility SaaS offers over on premise. But when it comes to legacy applications, cloud needs to be supplemental. Initial iPaaS users were small to medium-size businesses, but large companies have become increasingly interested in the wake of their adoption of SaaS applications.
Different Priorities Mean Different Deployment
These companies should define iPaaS strategy in the context of the company, considering factors like the size of the integration team, applications used, and their business model. For example, some companies will rate developers’ productivity or time to integration higher than cost reduction or favor rapid deployment over cost saving. All things considered, most large companies have legacy applications not built for a dynamic cloud infrastructure with many shared elements.
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