With the explosion of SaaS apps, problems of sharing information, moving data between apps, and achieving visibility into business transactions are becoming more prevalent. Add in the fact that many of SaaS apps are now outside the company’s firewall, and it poses even more integration difficulties. Organizations now have less control over their applications in terms of monitoring, version control, and security―functions that have now moved to the purview of the SaaS vendor.
The tidal wave of SaaS application adoption threatens to overwhelm a company’s ability to integrate SaaS apps into the rest of its infrastructure. As of 2016, 64 percent of companies already use cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) and 78 percent are expected to purchase new SaaS solutions in 2017. With the tidal wave of SaaS app adoption, a company’s information is now being spread across multiple applications with little to no communication between them.
On top of it all, the traditional tools for integration will not necessarily solve today’s integration problems. They are either too costly, take too much time to implement, or are no longer relevant in a cloud hybrid world.
How does a company prepare for the SaaS tidal wave?
So, how can a company anticipate the SaaS tidal wave and integrate all of their applications that are in the cloud, on-premises, and in hybrid scenarios?
They need iPaaS. iPaaS or “integration platform as a service” allows companies to easily string apps together so that information can move efficiently among applications, whether external or internal. And, because iPaaS is hosted in the cloud, users don’t have to worry about the infrastructure or integration platform. They use the tool just as they do any other SaaS offering. For example, with Salesforce, users simply log in to perform their tasks. They don’t care about where or how it’s running. An iPaaS solution is similar: users log in to the solution, create connections between systems that share information, and let the iPaaS solution manage that created connection.
Benefits of being prepared
If you are on the IT side of your company, endorse iPaaS adoption as a means to lighten your workload, maintain standards and security, and move some responsibility to the business.
If you are on the business side, iPaaS will give you more control over timing, cost, and function. With a good iPaaS solution, you can solve business problems faster, and you save the business money because cost and time to implementation is lower. For example, what the iPaaS user can do in a matter of weeks, we believe might have taken 10 programmers, $1 million, and six months before.
And, iPaaS is pretty much a “self-service” system, so business users don’t have to wait for IT, and IT can have the freedom to focus on more complex projects. It’s a win-win for both sides.
For more information on addressing your integration challenges, check out the CITO Research Whitepaper: Putting It Back Together: Solving the SaaS Integration Problem.