The upshot is an integration formula that sweeps away what has arguably been the last defensible objection to the hosted software delivery model. Integration is no longer the Achilles' heel of the SaaS world; with the Integration as a Service approach, it is instead a selling point. Indeed, IaaS shares most of the advantages that have fueled the growth of SaaS itself, including the small in-house footprint and pay-as-you-go pricing structure.
This bodes well for the future of both SaaS and IaaS. Whether you need to connect your hosted software to SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Ariba, SSA Global/Baan or almost any other well-known back-office application, IaaS can get you there quickly and cost-effectively. Add another acronym to your lexicon. This one promises to be a keeper.
About the Authors: Tim Minahan recently became senior vice president of Marketing at Procuri Inc., (www.procuri.com) a provider of on-demand supply management solutions. Prior to joining Procuri, Minahan spent 15-years researching and consulting on supply management strategy and technology, including an eight-year stint at Aberdeen Group where he developed and managed the Global Supply Management Research Practice. Steve Sprague is executive vice president, of Marketing & Product Strategy for SEEBURGER Inc., (www.seeburger.com) a global provider of business integration solutions. Since joining the company in 2001, Sprague has also been responsible for the joint product and field initiatives with ERP vendors such as SAP, PeopleSoft, and SSA Global. He is integrally involved in vertical solutions, emerging integration trends, and the refinement of operational business processes.