As organizations inch closer to digital transformation and adopt multiple best-of-breed SaaS applications, the complexity of the IT architecture is soaring. In isolation, these apps reduce complexity, but to be truly valuable, they need to be seamlessly connected to each other. This is where most enterprises hit a roadblock, namely, integration and automation.
Dodgy integrations raise tech debt
Usually, the daunting task of integrating cloud applications and legacy systems is handled by developers. To save resources and time, developers may create one-to-one integrations for certain systems and applications. This seems like a good solution, at least for that specific use case. The problem begins when these integrations are reused for multiple projects and processes. Different apps function differently. A particular integration may not necessarily be useful for different processes. Refactoring a solution without understanding the conditions under which it was developed only increases the technical debt.
As per a CAST Research Labs (CRL) estimate, technical debt of an average-sized application of 300,000 lines of code (LOC) is $1,083,000. This represents an average technical debt of $3.61 for every line of code written. Another study found that software developers spend approximately 80% of development costs on identifying and correcting defects.
These numbers are an unfortunate reality for many developers. Single-use, point-to-point integrations may result in a lot of reworking and can be extremely exhausting, making developer burnout a growing concern.
iPaaS to the rescue
iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) leverages the power of APIs to make life easier for developers. It quickly connects disparate systems, applications, and data, regardless of the environment - whether it is on cloud, on-premises, or using a combination of both.
Providing seamless connectivity between multiple apps, iPaaS helps developers to build, monitor and execute integration workflows from a centralized place. It enables developer teams to design custom integrations using the tools and processes that are known to them, without causing any disruption to their day-to-day operations.
Turn your developers into superheroes
Most iPaaS providers today offer an easy-to-use, code-free visual interface, making it the ideal solution for automating business processes across all the teams in an organization. Users from any team can quickly set up an integration workflow, with zero coding experience. This helps developers drastically reduce the time spent on building automation workflows for daily tasks, and saves time for important, larger projects that are crucial to the growth of the business.
iPaaS understands and provides output in commonly used data formats such as JSON, XML, SOAP, REST and other web service protocols. This helps developers design applications faster, simply by configuring their development processes and environments, without any additional coding.
Furthermore, by connecting various services, an iPaaS solution creates a data-centric system for continual monitoring of an application's performance, usage, and logs. Developers can tie together key pieces of their end-to-end application development and achieve faster time-to-implementation and app delivery.
Say hello to Built.io Flow!
In today's fast-paced and agile business environment, developers need to be able to design cross-application workflows not only quickly but also accurately.
Built.io Flow, an integration platform built by developers for developers, offers a self-service, drag-and-drop interface that enables development teams to build complex integrations in the shortest possible time. Flow connects any microservice, device or platform that uses APIs. It provides actions, triggers and ready-to-use workflow templates for hundreds of applications. If a service is not available out of the box, developers can use the Connector Builder to create a reusable connector and share it across the platform. Flow's containerized approach to business logic enables developers to deliver best-of-breed projects, without having to re-architect the entire system or IT environment.
If you are looking to streamline your application development and business processes, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.