In a recent survey, 58% of responding companies said they use some sort of hybrid architecture that combines cloud and on-premise systems. The ratio reflects the upward trend of hybrid solutions defining the state of the market.

For the most part, those polled were transferring a greater amount of their operational systems to a cloud-based application, while retaining or shifting about other systems on-premise.

One commonality among this group was an acknowledgement to the challenge of integration. These findings were recently analyzed on a subdomain of techtarget.com, where the issue of integration was discussed.

According to one survey participant, “Seventy-five percent of my staff’s time is spent on integrating platforms.” He went on to state that, “Our architecture around integration was ad hoc and reactive.”

The challenge of integration is not unusual. In fact, finding the right time and easing the process is a common challenge, which highlights the necessity of streamlining the process.

To tackle the issue, more and more ERP providers are turning to options with greater levels of customization. These systems enable companies to enact change with less risk and uncertainty, making adoption easier from both the system and human side of the equation.

Yet even with this developing trend, integration remains a struggle for some, who are not only looking to form a hybrid solution, but to suss out the best way to disseminate various elements of the architecture. 

Configurability is an asset in such situations, where greater flexibility creates more numerous and attractive options. But as yet, many companies operate without the use of a configurable ERP solution.