Has the SaaS Integration Platform Arrived?

In 2006 Saugatuck Technology stated that SaaS 2.0 relies on SaaS Integration Platforms (SIPs). They defined a SIP as, “solution hubs that provide application sharing, delivery, and management solutions” and they predicted:

“[SIPs] will become critical to broader SaaS adoption. Three to four dominant SIP Master Brands will emerge by 2010, and will manage more than 30 percent of core SaaS offerings to users. Monitoring and billing capabilities will enable increasingly attractive pricing.”

(The complete research study, entitled SaaS 2.0: Software-as-a-Service as Next-Generation Business Platform, was published is available on the company’s web site at http://www.saugatech.com/239order.htm.)

Recently Jeff Kapan from THINKStrategies has written and spoken about Cloud 2.0. He notes that:

“The new realm in the SaaS marketplace and where we’re starting to refer to this as a 2.0 world, is around SaaSfying, if you will, the business processes that are intimately involved in making specific industries work. So the specific and unique processes within specific industries whether they be manufacturing, or retail, insurance, or other forms of financial services. These are the kinds of the main specific capabilities that only industry experts in combination with cloud computing companies can in fact deliver to the marketplace to meet specific business requirements.”

Now that integration is recognized as a key cloud enabler, are we moving closer to the SaaS Integration Platform in the 2.0 world? What’s changed since the term was coined in 2006?

Do you agree with these predictions? What’s next?

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