New integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offerings aim to relieve the pain of SaaS and cloud integration, which has been so onerous that many organizations have pulled the plug on SaaS projects.
The number one cloud and SaaS challenge for many developers and organizations might just surprise you. It's not security, lack of standards, or even reliability, but... dramatic drum roll... integration.
Recently, Gartner did a study of companies transitioning to SaaS. The study found that many businesses were actually pulling their data back out of cloud-based applications, so Gartner asked why.
The research firm asked 270 executives "Why is your organization currently transitioning from a SaaS solution to an on-premises solution?" For 56 percent of respondents, the number one reason was the unexpectedly significant requirements of integration.
More than half of the people who tried moving their businesses to a cloud-based application and pulled back did so because integrating those applications with the rest of their business proved too challenging to be worthwhile.
Based on this apparent pain point, Gartner has predicted that at least 35 percent of all large and midsize organizations worldwide will be using one or more integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offerings by 2015.
Of course, concerns about the integration challenges of adopting SaaS are not new. Another survey, done in 2009 by Saugatuck Technology, asked executives about their concerns regarding SaaS deployment and use. Thirty-nine percent of respondents predictably cited "data security and privacy concerns,"32 percent chose "integrating SaaS with existing enterprise applications," and 27 percent chose "integrating SaaS data with existing enterprise data."