Integrating With SaaS Applications — An Introduction
In this series introduction, we set the stage for an explanation of how Red Hat seeks to integrate with SaaS applications.
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It means that it's going to provide you with a way to implement a solution using open source technologies by focusing on the integrations, structures, and interactions that actually have been proven to work. What's not included are any vendor promises that you'll find in normal marketing content. Those promised that when it gets down to implementation crunch time, might not fully deliver on their promises.
Enter the term Architectural Blueprint.
Let's look at these blueprints, how they're created, and what value they provide for your solution designs.
The first step is to define what we are focusing on when we talk about integrating SaaS applications.
We've settled on the following to guide our blueprint: "Integrating with SaaS applications means providing your organization with consistent, responsive, and secure access to services, applications, and platforms."
This is the launching principle that guides our research into how customers are looking at integrating with their SaaS application landscapes.
The approach taken is to research our existing customers that have implemented solutions in this space, collect their public-facing content, research the internal implementation documentation collections from their successful engagements, and where necessary reach out to the field resources involved.
The resulting content targets the following three items.
- A slide deck of the architectural blueprint for use telling the portfolio solution story.
- A generic architectural diagram providing the general details for the portfolio solution.
- A write-up of the portfolio solution in a solution brief format.
An overview of the series on integrating SaaS applications portfolio architecture blueprint can be found here:
- An introduction
- Common architectural elements
- Example CRM integration
- Example CRM connector integration
- Example 3rd-party platform integration
- Example processes with 3rd-party platform integration
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