According to a recent Forrester Research report, many companies continue to use “labor-intensive custom programming”, even though there are a growing number of effective tools for SaaS integration on the market. One such tool is the Talend Cloud, recently launched by open-source vendor Talend.
The Talend Cloud is aiming to be different than the competition by offering a single development and runtime environment, along with integrated monitoring. And since the company is open-source, its community is often able to generate new connectors, which the company claims provides an advantage over other, similar cloud offerings. The Cloud also offers prebuilt connectors to cloud services from Google Apps, Twitter and NetSuite, among others.
SaaS is becoming a lucrative business, and large companies like IBM and Dell have both acquired data integration vendors – Cast Iron Systems in the cast of IBM and Boomi for Dell. Smaller data integration vendors are competing in the same way as IBM and Dell, each one trying to create new and better connectors, but knowing that manageability that is the “holy grail” of SaaS integration in the cloud.
The Forrester study indicated that while companies were first and foremost concerned about the safety of their SaaS solution in the cloud, their number two potential issue with SaaS was the integration of on-demand applications with current systems, as they worried it would provide too much challenge with not enough reward.
SaaS developers are in a unique position – their market is growing, and they have an opportunity to make a name and reputation for themselves that will stand up over the next few years of IT development. Ease of integration, along with continued development, will be key factors in determining which companies pull ahead and which fall behind.