I’ve read a lot of blogs/articles about integration being a significant barrier to SaaS adoption in the enterprise. Sure integration can be a challenge, but in my opinion it’s not as scary as some of the articles imply.
Using a tool like Boomi, implemented as part of a solution like RIO makes use of the excellent APIs that many of the SaaS vendors have put in place. Boomi offers a true integration solution, has more than 40+ connectors/adapters and enables you to integrate to just about anything. Admittedly some of the SaaS vendors (and many of the on-premise vendors) present some challenges to integration, but there’s always a way to extract and insert your data.
I’m not downplaying the fact that integration can be a challenge, I’m just suggesting that it’s possible and there are tools out there to do it and to do it fast. Before we partnered with Boomi we looked at 20+ tools for SaaS integration and whilst Boomi was ahead of the pack, many of the tools were decent and have come a long way in the past 12 months.
I’ve posted some reasons why we think that RIO is hot, you may want to check it out. From our perspective, integration from SaaS to SaaS and SaaS to on-premise applications is achievable within days, with a solution that allows for ongoing monitoring and maintenance at a low-cost.