Today we are introducing Intel’s first enterprise focused SaaS offering that brings the best of Intel cloud offering ECA 360 and McAfee Cloud Security Suite product into a multi-tenant offering. The same core functionality that our on-prem product ECA 360 has Single-Sign-On (SSO) for cloud application, User Provisioning and Strong Auth is now supported in a fully flexible as-a-Service offering.
Integrating the hot, new SaaS application into a company can often be a challenging undertaking. The SaaS application was acquired for a pressing departmental need, yet manually re-inputting and syncing key data like employee, vendor or supplier master directories is not practical. Manually coordinating a sale by the customer saying "yes" with a win recorded in the sales force automation tool yet hand crafting delivery instructions in the order module of the ERP is not really a sustainable business proc
This might sound odd to some of you reading this, but I am regularly asked the following question ... "What is the difference between SOA and SaaS?".
Given the acronym soup of the IT industry I am not surprised to get that question and expect to for some time to come. The simple answer is that:
- Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a means of designing and building software. It is a manufacturing model.
In the last blog I wrote about the similarities and differences between a SOA "soft appliance" like Intel SOA Expressway and an ESB-based product. Two key questions often arise out of that discussion: (1) Why do I need a SOA appliance if I already have an ESB, and (2) Why is a "soft appliance" better than an easy-to-deploy, secure and high-performance hardware appliance?