With increased adoption of SaaS offerings, IT leaders need to work a plan to integrate SaaS offerings with their on-premise or home grown applications. This is essential since businesses might not want to transfer all their processes or applications to the Cloud. They may decide to have a mix of cloud based datacenters, co-located and self hosted data centers depending on security vulnerabilities of different applications.
Even though SaaS providers offer complex capabilities through their applications they do not always fulfill the Integration requirements of the clients. It is important for clients to rightly assess the integration capabilities of the software vendors and the usefulness of third party integration tools before embarking on an integration journey. Tools from IBM (Cast iron), Dell and PathLogic are being used for on-premise and cloud applications integrations and these can be evaluated by the clients.
In a recent report, an analyst suggested that services oriented architecture (SOA) is an ideal option for such complex integration requirements.
One of the major challenges that businesses face during these integration projects is the time taken to integrate and update data from on-premise applications to the cloud. While deploying cloud solutions clients expect them to work right away without any time required for implementation, hence the timescale is another challenge they face.
Also, the traditional methods of application integration based on extract, transform and load (ETL) might not necessarily be the best way of integrating these. Firstly because these processes require a lot of skills, are expensive to implement and might not work perfectly with cloud based integrations.
As more and more businesses adopt cloud based solutions, integrating them with the traditional on-premise applications becomes a necessary evil. The IT leaders need to create interface definitions and maps for translations and reuse them repeatedly over different integration projects with different cloud based applications.
The post Integrating SaaS with on-premise applications appeared first on Interrait.