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.