In today’s economy, cutting costs while increasing productivity is critical to achieving a competitive advantage and ultimately success. As a result, companies are turning to software as a service (SaaS) and cloud-based applications to decrease costs and drive productivity. In order to realize their full value, these new cloud-based applications need to be connected in order to share business-critical data in real time wherever it resides; in other SaaS applications, on-premise systems or any other data store.
Recent analyst studies by Gartner, Saugatuck Technology and IDC predict the explosive growth of SaaS at a 27 percent compound annual growth rate with revenues exceeding $55.5 billion by 2014. And it’s no surprise that according to Forrester and Saugatuck Technology, integration issues are among the top concerns regarding SaaS adoption.
As a result, many software-based application integration products have emerged to address the challenges today’s organizations are facing. In many cases, these solutions are repackaged versions of the same offerings from these vendors — based on an older architecture which predates the advent of SaaS technology. Not only have these options consistently proven to be too complex for companies that do not have the in-house resources to learn and implement such middleware platforms, but they can also equate to a further drain in productivity, given the fact that they often require two or more data sources to maintain in order address the singular challenge of connecting a SaaS and on-premise application.
This often prompts organizations to evaluate the option of homegrown, custom-coded alternatives, which solve integration problems in the short-term but lead to higher costs over time due to the lack of scalability and re-usability.
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