5 Crucial Considerations for SaaS Migration

5 Crucial Considerations for SaaS Migration

Alright, it’s time for a little dream sequence. Cue the wavy lines and harp music.

In this dream, you’re in charge of SaaS migration for your organization. And you’re on the beach. (Hey, it’s a dream, so why not?)

As you lounge in a hammock between two palm trees, you lift your phone, scroll through the app store, and download the SaaS apps that will benefit your organization the most.


You put your phone down to a rousing round of applause from your entire company, nodding and waving to acknowledge their gratitude, and then roll over to continue your nap.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if SaaS migration could actually be that easy (and involve a hammock)?     

If it didn’t involve weeks of coding to enable data transfer between new apps and legacy systems?

If it didn’t call for extensive research as to which approaches, platforms, and tools would work best?

And if it didn’t promise more headaches down the line, every time new apps are added to the mix?

Well, SaaS migration may not be as simple as downloading a new app onto your phone, but there are definitely some steps you can take and some questions you can consider in order to streamline the process, make your life a lot easier – and at the same time, yield even greater benefits for your organization than you anticipated.    

  1.   Determine the purpose of your SaaS migration.  

There are plenty of clear and compelling reasons for SaaS migration – but what’s the main goal you’re looking to achieve? If you keep that overarching purpose firmly in mind as you move through the process, all your research, efforts, and choices will be much more strategic, and you’ll ensure that each piece of the puzzle will be working towards that same goal.   

  1. Create new rules to fit the new set-up.

Data governance can’t be an afterthought. What new rules will you need to put in place upfront, in order to comply with your organization’s guidelines on data security and app usage?

  1.   Decide on an integration method.

How will you integrate your existing data and systems with the new SaaS apps, and make sure they can communicate seamlessly? Will your IT department spend weeks coding new APIs to sync each one with the others? Will you hire programmers to do the same? Or will you choose an API management platform that lets your business developers create the necessary APIs in minutes, so that quick and seamless integration becomes a given, and a non-issue?

  1.  Keep your future needs in mind.

Once you’ve finished this SaaS migration, what are your plans for future SaaS app additions? Are you using an API management platform that makes it easy – again, truly a non-issue – to add new SaaS apps to the mix later on, as your needs and goals evolve? Or are you just planning to put the IT department to work again, for each and every new SaaS app your organization decides they need?

  1.  Look for strategic partners.

Are you working with an expert who can serve as a trusted partner in case you need individualized help, now or in the future?

The only path that leads towards that hammock involves using Illuminate, an award-winning API management platform, to facilitate your SaaS migration, and partnering with N2N, trusted partner to big names like Ellucian, Salesforce, Barnes & Noble, and more.

N2N’s Illuminate allows quick and easy integration of new SaaS apps with existing legacy systems, saving you time and money, standing your organization in good stead for the future, and making your SaaS migration a resounding success.

If that doesn’t call for a round of applause and a well-deserved nap, we don’t know what does.

Contact us today for a free demo, or to learn more.

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