What is iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service)? An iPaaS – or Integration Platform as a Service – provides a centralized console to manage, govern, and integrate cloud-based applications, using tools that connect cloud applications and services, and control integration flows. Companies use iPaaS solutions to scale performance needs, add product functionality, and structure SaaS and on-premise application integration, all to increase the value of their business relationships.
Three Integration Patterns an iPaaS Can Address
B2B Ecosystem Integration Modern B2B integration technology facilitates ecosystem enablement through multi-enterprise communication and business continuity in its ability to power, govern, and automate frictionless data exchanges beyond the four walls of the business. A domain specific iPaaS platform allows enterprises to meet expansive interaction requirements with partners and customers, move data between disparate internal systems, and connect and integrate cloud services and applications in a well-governed way.
Hybrid Integration An iPaaS platform also enables companies to accelerate ground-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud integration processes which easily integrate applications, and storage and business platforms, to connect all data, whether its on-premise or in the cloud. Through iPaaS, it’s easier than ever to enable hybrid connectivity to Software as a Service (SaaS) and other cloud applications with a secure method to access on-premises applications behind a firewall.
Application Integration One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is the proliferation of cloud applications across the enterprise. An iPaaS is often a first line of defense in providing the ability to unify integrations between applications and provide some coherence across all the data flowing through the enterprise.
What are the iPaaS Functionalities?
While the promise of an integration platform as a service is wide-ranging, the question becomes just how does an iPaaS run? There are many core functionalities that make up the design of an iPaaS, and according to Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, in order for the solution itself to truly be a legitimate iPaaS, it should include a wide range of these capabilities:
-Data Connectivity: Including:
- Secure communication protocol connectors, such as FTP/SFTP, HTTP/S, AS2/AS3/AS4, OFTP/OFTP2
- Application connectors/adapters for SaaS and on-premise applications
- Data formats, such as XML, JSON, ASN.1
- Data standards, such as EDI, EDIFACT, HL7, and SWIFT
- IoT protocols, such as AMQP
-Data mapping and transformation
-Data quality assurance
-Routing and orchestration
-Integration flow development and life cycle management tools
How can iPaaS Benefit Your Organization?
As more and more enterprises leap to some form of cloud computing, the struggle becomes how to manage the different applications and business processes effectively. Enter iPaaS, which is designed to integrate the many cloud services with one another in a seamless, easy-to-manage way. Trying to integrate multiple cloud systems can be quite a headache for enterprise IT, which is why iPaaS is growing so fast.
Connection, Connection, Connection
The allure of iPaaS is that it can potentially connect everything that an enterprise needs connected. An iPaaS allows the business to integrate a broad variety of cloud and on-premise applications to facilitate hybrid data flows, synchronize data, improve operational workflows, and gain better visibility.
Keep Costs Down
Build it or buy it? It is an age old question for IT. Companies that employ an army of coders to design and maintain an in-house integration system will often find prices to soar out of control, while paying for consultants to develop custom connections to different third party providers can also exponentially raise prices. Conversely, iPaaS is typically consumed as a service allowing the enterprise more flexibility to offset the hard costs of traditional integration.
In order for an enterprise to quickly and efficiently, access and share real-time data, it’s critical to have a level of API management functionality. Through iPaaS, companies gain a single platform to manage all of its APIs with the ability to scale as needed. Companies are then able to create, deploy, and manage APIs while adding new functions and tools as needed.
Secure Your Enterprise
An iPaaS solution also gives businesses reason to sleep easy at night, knowing that their systems and applications are truly secure, even in the Cloud. A comprehensive iPaaS solution, however, can greatly reduce the risk of a data breach.
Thanks to the demand for more streamlined and easily achievable integration solutions, software and Cloud providers are listening. With iPaaS becoming more prominent there are more successful routes to take for enterprises on the road to digital integration and inevitably, transformation. Please contact our experts if you have any questions about iPaaS.