The Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering in a new era of digital transformation and changing the way organizations do business. It has already surpassed the world population in numbers. By 2020, the number of connected things is expected to increase to 20.4 billion and the IoT market is projected to reach 7.1 trillion dollars. Hence, it should be no surprise that businesses all over the globe are now scrambling to develop integration solutions that support these devices.
Integration in the IoT market
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of IoT integration, let us first have a look at what is IoT. The internet of things or IoT is a suite of intelligently connected devices that transfer data over a network without requiring any human intervention. Some of the most popularly used IoT devices are Fitbits, watches, smart televisions, electric meters, security systems, smart lights in homes and commercial environments, voice assistants, etc.
Businesses have tremendous faith in IoT. However, most enterprises begin their IoT journeys without understanding the integration challenges it will bring in the future. For starters, the sheer volume of data generated by IoT devices can sometimes be overwhelming. Further, the costs of developing an integration platform to address complex IoT projects can cause a huge dent in the organizational budget.
Although connecting on-premise and cloud applications with IoT devices can be tricky, it is necessary to create a holistic view of business and customer data.
Addressing IoT integration challenges with iPaaS
The complexity of IoT integration often surprises integration teams. It is unlike what enterprises generally deal with. As the business grows, the number of IoT devices also increases. The Internet of Things encompasses a large number of devices, a plethora of application programming interfaces (APIs), and a large volume of data. This data needs to be collected, processed, analyzed and distributed appropriately. Traditional integration platforms are not designed to work with such evolving needs of a modern enterprise. However, this can be easily achieved by implementing an iPaaS platform - a cloud service that facilitates smooth data exchange by connecting disparate systems, devices and databases.
Most IoT platforms already come with some embedded integration capabilities. While these built-in integration capabilities are enough for basic integration scenarios, building complex workflows and scaling up projects requires a sophisticated iPaaS solution.
An iPaaS offers organizations access to advanced integration capabilities and helps them implement multiple workflows and IoT projects. IoT services can be accessed via their APIs and this is essentially a default feature provided by every iPaaS. In addition to offering extensive connectivity with multiple services and a ready-to-use platform, iPaaS solutions provide several other features such as multiple user management, granular monitoring, and usage audit logs. This ensures seamless and real-time communication between your IoT services and devices and other applications.
How IoT can benefit from iPaaS
With iPaaS, you can achieve scalable success with your IoT projects. An iPaaS offers enterprises the ability to facilitate data integration between sensors, devices and enterprise systems, such that the ‘things’ can be leveraged to automate processes and enable quick data exchange. This can be best explained with the help of an example.
Suppose you use a smart speaker that uses the Google Assistant service. It lets you verbally request information and control other smart devices. Using an iPaaS, you can link it to your task management apps, notes, and calendars to simplify your day and boost productivity. The iPaaS retrieves data from the smart speaker, sends it to your CRM, and passes on that information to the customer, all from the same interface. It can even be utilized to extract data hosted on-premises. For businesses that have most of its information on-premise, iPaaS can be one of the most economical options to launch an IoT project.
This is why more and more enterprises are leaning towards iPaaS for meeting their integration requirements. The demand for iPaaS is being driven by the need for business agility, faster deployment, scalability, reduced costs, and self-provisioning. iPaaS enables optimum resource utilization and allows companies to quickly process large volumes of data from disparate sources, without having to invest in infrastructure. Further, the tools offered by an iPaaS platform are simple to use and easy to understand. Even business users with little to no programming knowledge can develop and manage IoT integrations within a couple of minutes.
In a nutshell, iPaaS offers extensive flexibility, while catering to the dynamic nature of an organization’s digital transformation needs.
Built.io - A next-gen iPaaS for IoT integration
Before entering the iPaaS journey, businesses need to make a list of expectations from implementing an iPaaS. This includes clarity on the current IT infrastructure and use cases that the business is looking to address. Choosing the right integration partner can play a key role in alleviating your integration challenges, even if your IoT strategy is still in its infancy.
With our proprietary iPaaS, Built.io, you can rapidly deploy complex IoT integrations. The platform cuts integration time in half by connecting the data from your IoT devices with your cloud and on-premise applications, allowing you to permanently clear data silos.
Currently, Built.io offers connectivity with several IoT services including Amazon Alexa, Cisco Meraki, Fitbit, Gimbal, IBM Watson, LIFX, Nest, Philips Hue, and Tesla. If a particular service is not yet available with us, you can use an API to connect it with Built.io. The iPaaS platform offers a visual drag-and-drop interface that empowers users to manage all their integration needs easily, without having to depend on the IT team.
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