Gartner Research

Comparing Integration Options for Cloud-Hosted, SaaS and On-Premises Applications

Published: 21 February 2019

ID: G00379554

Analyst(s): Kevin Matheny , Jeffery Skowron


As application portfolios move to the cloud, the complexity of application integration increases. Technical professionals integrating SaaS, cloud-hosted applications and on-premises applications must choose the right integration approach for each individual use case.

Table Of Contents


  • Integration Connection Approaches
  • Integration Assessment Criteria
    • Use Cases for Application Integration


  • Choosing Application Integration Technology Means Making Trade-Offs
  • A Hybrid Integration Platform Is Not a Product
  • The More Integrations You Create, the More You Must Monitor and Manage
  • Use Point-to-Point Integrations With Caution
  • Make Security a First-Class Consideration
  • Assessment Criteria
    • Ability to Adapt
    • Ability to Extend
    • Ability to Monitor
    • Ability to Reuse
    • Security and Data Governance
    • Support for Ad Hoc Integrators
    • Support for Mediation
    • Support for Reliable Communications
  • Detailed Scores for Integration Approaches
    • Integration Platform Software
    • iPaaS
    • SaaS Vendor Tooling
    • Custom Code
    • fPaaS


  • Supply Your Organization With Multiple Integration Tools
  • Make Sure Existing Integration Tools Meet Your Needs Before Using Them
  • Design Security Into Your Integrations
  • Capture Integration Artifacts to Aid Discovery, Troubleshooting, Updates and Reuse

The Details

  • Logical Application Integration Flow Use Cases
    • One-Time Move of Application Data
    • One-Way Synchronization of Application Data
    • Two-Way Synchronization
    • On-Demand Data
    • On-Demand Functionality

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