Technology is evolving rapidly, and so are the needs of the enterprise. However, the increasing adoption of SaaS, PaaS, and cloud applications—coupled with big data, mobile, and IoT—has added to the integration woes of companies. Data is no longer being stored centrally; it’s scattered and distributed across multiple apps, databases, and data centers.
The biggest challenge companies face today is integrating the data that is coming in and out of various web-based and on-premise apps.
This is where iPaaS comes in.
What is an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)?
In layman’s terms, iPaaS or (integration platform as a service) is a platform that allows users to connect various cloud and on-premise apps and then deploy these integrations without writing any code or installing additional software or hardware.
The real value is in the functionality it offers. Any user can use an iPaaS to move data from any database or application to another app, automatically. For instance, an iPaaS workflow can automatically create leads in Salesforce from every incoming query, respond to the potential customer by Gmail, and create a task in Trello that assigns the lead to the sales manager.
This allows enterprises to automate complex business processes that span across web-based apps and on-premise resources.
Advantages of iPaaS
While the core advantage of iPaaS—integrating your apps—remains the most prominent, there are several other benefits of using such a platform.
Cloud-based Integrations: Modern iPaaS solutions are cloud-friendly and more secure. Integrations between cloud applications happen in the cloud, thereby eliminating the risk of exposing a local network and data to the internet.
Cost-efficiency: iPaaS eliminates the need to hire expensive developers to write custom integrations. The required platform is available as monthly/yearly subscriptions, and is mostly in the cloud. No hardware or software installations are required to integrate applications.
Agility: iPaaS offers speed and flexibility which enables greater business agility. Required integrations can be created, edited, and disposed of when needed, without worrying about additional costs or provider permissions.
Updates Over Upgrades: iPaaS provides reliable, automatic, and regular updates that reduce the cost of maintenance, improve reliability, and ensure that you make use of the latest features and enhancements as they become available. This becomes critical when merging with SaaS applications that provide updates to their API and security protocols regularly. A good iPaaS will update actions and activities on a bi-weekly basis so that a user doesn’t have to worry about keeping up with updates.
Speed and Simplicity: iPaaS enables you to connect and automate workflows for your business quickly and easily, whether you are connecting to new cloud solutions,to existing core on-prem systems, or starting up a zero-footprint enterprise.
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