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On-Premise vs. Cloud EDI Integration Tools

By Nikki Dent

Are you looking into creating new  EDI integrations or upgrading your current EDI platform? One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether to use an on-premise or a cloud integration platform. Whether this is a new decision for you and your business or you’re already using an on-premise, server setup and think you might want to modernize your integrations to the cloud, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of each option, so you can make an informed choice for your organization.  

 

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.  

 

Man on laptop standing in front of server

 

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.  

 

Graphic showing computers, people and documents all funneling into the cloud server

 

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.  

 

Aptera’s EDI Platform Choice 

 

The Aptera team is excited about the opportunities of cloud integration technologies, especially for EDI. Our go-to solution for cloud-based EDI is Microsoft Azure. This platform has numerous tools that can contain all of your business’ integrations and offers great transparency into your EDI with easy-to-read status dashboards. Additionally, set up is made easy with Azure tools like Logic Apps, which offer out-of-the-box connectors, ready to be used to build integrations.  

We can help you move your existing EDI to the cloud or help you get up and running with new integrations. Reach out to the Aptera team to get started.  

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