Aberdeen Analyst Insight | 1/3/2014
Buy or rent. The answer to that question, for enterprise computing, goes in cycles. When mainframe computing was at its peak, many organizations could not own such expensive machines outright.
Consequently, many companies rented processing time on these machines when they needed it, an arrangement known as time-sharing. Moore's law changed that. The era of mini — and then micro — computing made processing power so cheap that many organizations chose to own. But, alas enterprise computing infrastructures became increasingly complex. And so renting came back into vogue once more, in the form of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and cloud computing. This Analyst Insight takes a deeper look at integration and how organizations use (or plan to use) integration tools hosted in the cloud — referred to as cloud-based integration or Software-as-a-Service integration. Aberdeen's research finds that, although on-premise integration solutions are dominant, SaaS integration solutions have found strong adoption and seem set for significant growth. This adoption is fueled by the growing number of data sources that need to be integrated. This pressure leads to a need to get integration projects up and running faster, and a desire to reconsider the cost of these projects.
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