Organizations are increasingly turning towards SaaS applications for addressing their complex business needs. While most teams are benefitting from the usage of cloud-based software, integration architects have been struggling to make these applications work in sync with their on-premise systems.
To deliver unified customer experiences, it is crucial to connect data from multiple applications and from different environments. Consequently, the information technology world’s architecture is undergoing a seismic shift.
Introducing hybrid cloud
Hybrid cloud environments offer enterprises the best of both worlds – a mix of on-premise, private cloud and third-party public cloud applications. In the last two years alone, adoption of hybrid cloud solutions has tripled, with the hybrid cloud market expected to hit a value of $91.74 billion by 2021. For organizations with business-critical on-premise apps, moving to a hybrid cloud model can have massive cost-saving benefits and operational advantages.
A hybrid integration solution facilitates secure, bidirectional communication between your on-premise apps and cloud resources. It adopts a containerized approach, enabling businesses to move workloads across multiple premises, giving them greater flexibility and additional data deployment options.
Businesses can make use of hybrid integration solutions such as an Integration Platform-as-a-Service or iPaaS to connect their on-premise apps with cloud services. An iPaaS offers the perfect solution to the challenges of integrating data from different environments.
iPaaS is the new cloud middleware
According to Gartner, iPaaS is the fastest-growing software segment in the integration market. Typically, an iPaaS includes connectors, business rules, and a drag-and-drop interface – that facilitate quick and easy development of integration workflows. Furthermore, it eliminates app and data silos, offering every team access to a centralized data pool. With seamless connectivity between all apps, teams have more time to invest in critical business processes, without having to setup an in-house integration team and system.
Let's take a look at how iPaaS facilitates hybrid cloud integration:
- Develops connectivity: iPaaS connects your legacy systems to other devices, apps, cloud services, etc. and populates them with the on-premise data, allowing you to create powerful workflows and automate business processes.
- Improves collaboration: iPaaS allows multiple teams to collaborate on a workflow and projects. It intelligently routes data across different departments and triggers automated workflows to increase the overall productivity of the organization.
- Enhances data integrity: iPaaS enables teams and applications to exchange different formats of data in real-time. Using automation, iPaaS ensures that the transferred data is error-free, and shared in the format preferred by the respective systems.
- Optimizes operations: iPaaS leverages connectivity to help organizations streamline and upgrade all areas of business. The solution saves time, costs and effort by reducing the margin of error to zero, and empowers organizations to gain higher business value through application and data integration.
The steps mentioned above are just a high-level explanation of what an iPaaS is capable of doing in only a couple of minutes. Once you begin using automated integration workflows in your daily business processes, you can get a lot more done each day.
Built.io Flow for hybrid architecture
Built.io Flow facilitates seamless hybrid cloud integration by linking an organization's entire ecosystem, regardless of whether the applications are on-premise or cloud.
For hybrid integration, Built.io Flow offers a 'repository-agnostic' Enterprise Gateway that connects legacy, firewalled systems to a variety of technologies including cloud software, developer tools, mobile applications, and IoT. The gateway establishes a secure connection between Built.io and your server behind the firewall, allowing you to easily access data from your on-premise systems. Any individual belonging to any team can quickly develop an integration to sync data from disparate environments using Flow's intuitive, visual interface. Flow offers hundreds of services and apps in its library to power the integration of anything, anywhere.
For more information on how Built.io Flow handles on-premise and cloud integrations, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Built.io operates entirely in the cloud - from design to deployment. Just sign up and you can start automating!