Our CEO, Sharam, just published a great article on ebizQ that discusses the requirements for integration when you go the SaaS route. If you plan to adopt SaaS, integration needs to be a forethought, not an afterthought.
An excerpt from Sharam’s tips on how to pick the right integration solution:
- Native connectivity to the most popular standard enterprise applications, legacy systems and databases, as well as the innate capability to connect with modern Web services APIs.
- Ease of use is a must. Your integration solution needs to be intuitive and user-friendly. SaaS applications are designed to be managed by business users and the same people who touch this data need to be able to connect it with other enterprise systems. By treating systems in the cloud in the same way you do on-premise systems, mapping integration points can be easy for even the least technical user.
- Efficiency and manageability are key. SaaS vendors update their systems and APIs more frequently than on-premise systems, which means the cloud is no place for hand-written integration scripts. Your integration solution needs to have re-useable configurations that are easily shared and quickly adapt with SaaS.
- Avoid upfront costs. One of the reasons you chose your SaaS solution was to mitigate your risk. With a pay-as-you-go model you can simply turn off the system if it’s not working for you. Don’t jeopardize your return on investment with expensive software licenses — your integration solution should use a flexible subscription model too.
You can read the full piece here.
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