On-Premise vs. Cloud EDI Integration Tools
By: Nikki Dent
On-Premise EDI Integration Platforms
Thinking that you might want to use an on-premise integration solution or stay the course with the one you already have in place? On-premise integration platforms do offer a few potential benefits over the cloud. For example, many companies find the established nature of on-premise solutions to be a benefit. As this method has been around longer, it comes with well-established implementation patterns and widely available training.
If your company prefers to work with only known or fixed costs, for example, then you might want to stick with this traditional approach, as an on-premises solution requires a large, upfront investment, but costs drop after the initial set up. However, this can also be seen as a disadvantage to working on-premise. For many companies the initial set up cost of servers, software licenses, dev environments, and a team to maintain and manage the integrations can add up to too high of an upfront cost.
Another potential drawback is that on-premise set ups can be seen as being slow to deliver. Not only will you have to build a physical infrastructure, but all of those systems need to be up and running before any development can take place, which creates a longer project timeline from start to finish.
While many companies are sticking with their on-premise integrations because they still work, we’re also seeing some of those businesses move toward a hybrid approach that utilizes their existing infrastructure while also taking advantage of the flexibility of cloud integrations for new development.
Cloud Integration Platforms
Most modern integration systems are built on cloud platforms and they have several benefits that make them more appealing than the traditional on-premise model. Cloud EDI platforms offer the ultimate in flexibility and scalability, so you can get your integrations up quickly and with less upfront cost over on-premise. With the cloud, your infrastructure can grow at your own pace, eliminating the need to build for future growth today. This, in turn, helps to reduce your cost, as cloud integration solutions work on a consumption-based models where you only pay for the space you’re using.
Additionally, cloud services help your business be more agile. If you need to quickly make changes, onboard a new trading partner, or adapt a new service, the cloud makes this process quicker and easier than server-based solutions. Cloud platforms are built for rapid prototyping, so you can start creating a proof-of-concept right away and refine it into a production process with minimal effort and no dev environment required.
A couple potential disadvantages of the cloud is that as it is the latest technology available, there are less learning resources and tutorials available than there are for on-premise solutions. However, these resources will only grow as cloud integration adoption grows. Additionally, the needed shift in thinking when moving to the cloud can sometimes cause friction on teams accustomed to operating a certain way. But if you can get your team on board, there is a lot of possibility available with cloud solutions.
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About Nikki Dent
Nikki is a technical copywriter for Aptera. With a bachelor’s degree in writing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., she has been honing her craft of marketing copywriting for the past five years. In her role at Aptera, Nikki enjoys learning and writing about the technology and strategy at work across the company.