In a newly released report Ovum says that although the value proposition of integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) solutions is attractive, the solutions are not yet mature enough to be used for a wide range of complex integration requirements.
According to Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst in Ovum’s software team, despite evolving at a fast pace and offering many benefits above other integration approaches, “iPaaS is not yet the ‘silver bullet’ for SaaS integration as touted by other analyst firms, and only through careful planning will organisations achieve seamless integration.”
“While traditional integration approaches may enable interaction between SaaS and other on-premise and SaaS applications, the associated expenditure and implementation times are not always in line with IT budgets and project plans,” Sharma says.
“While traditional integration approaches including service-oriented architecture (SOA), custom-code development, and integration outsourcing are ill-suited to the needs of complex integration requirements, cloud-based integration approaches are not the perfect solution either.”
Ovum suggests that organisations should exercise caution when selecting a suitable approach to SaaS integration as integration-related expenses are a significant part of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for SaaS solutions.
“Only a well-planned approach will ensure that SaaS integration projects are completed on-time, within the allocated IT budgets and, more importantly, deliver the desired end-to-end functionality,” Sharma concludes.