SaaS or Software as a Service represents a concept where apps are being delivered over the Internet. In 2016, SaaS reached almost 38 billion, which means that many companies have been recognizing its potential. Is all of this attention given and money invested in SaaS worth it? Well, SaaS software can help you get everything through a web browser. In addition, there are no server rooms or mainframes. You don’t even have to install desktop software. All of these are taken care of remotely by your software provider. When it comes to 2017, there are some challenges and trends that companies should be aware of while building out their next SaaS integration strategy.

We will witness the rapid growth of the iPaaS Markets

iPaaS or Integration Platform as Service tools represent cloud-based platforms we use when providing an integration support for data projects and apps that include both on-premise and cloud resources. The iPaaS market is rapidly growing. We already witnessed an impressive expansion of more than 50% in 2015. In 2017, all indications are there that we are going to have an equally impressive growth rate.

Internet of Things, Anything, and Everything

In 2017, the IoT trend will literally include anything and everything we can put a sensor on. In other words, we are going to turn objects into services, or to put it even simpler terms we will have, see, and use Everything-as-a-Service. The only thing left for us to do is to decide how are we going to take a practical advantage of all those Internet of Everything (IoE) opportunities. Undoubtedly, integration is going to be the most important part of this process.

Software Automation & AI

In 2017, AI will get one step closer to becoming a mainstream in SaaS solutions and products. We can expect to witness an increase in additional “unorthodox” APIs that development process can use to simplify integration between various apps and devices. For instance, a web monitoring solution, such as Monitis integrates SaaS platforms VictorOps and OpsGenie to make sure the users get notifications anywhere and anytime about all relevant and important performance issues.

Micro SaaS Business on the Rise

What is a “Micro SaaS Business?” We are talking about small SaaS businesses, where we have a small team of one owner and a few freelancers with little or no VC capital. A micro SaaS can often benefit by selling niche products for very specific users.

DaaS Will Emerge in Style

The basic premise of the DaaS or Data-as-a-Service is to make it possible for large companies with a wide-variety and a huge volume of cloud-based data to perform at a fraction of the cost. The technology services and the big data market are forecast to have a growth rate of more than 20% in the next couple of years. This means that a major gap will appear for companies that are looking forward to executing critical operations in more economical ways.