A real challenge that businesses and IT teams across many organizations face today is establishing an integrated network that matches the flexibility of the on-prem and cloud applications. While you can have several highly functional cloud applications to cover finance, customers, logistics and e-commerce needs respectively, there is no guarantee that these applications will work together. If you can’t share information between these key business areas, what use are these software applications? So, what are the benefits of iPaaS?
This increasingly critical need has paved the way for purpose-built iPaaS services that help companies handle the integration requirements of today’s business environment, future-proof their integration solutions and increase the value of their IT investments.
An ideal approach to meet this challenge is adopting an iPaaS solution. iPaaS (integrated Platform as a Service) is a cloud-based integration technique that can link applications, data and processes faster than a conventional platform. A good iPaaS solution should be able to integrate not just your cloud but your on-prem applications with ease, making cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground and ground-to-ground integrations easily possible.
Here are 5 key benefits of iPaaS:
1. Increased efficiency and productivity
The most important benefit of iPaaS—especially at an enterprise level—is that it helps seamlessly connect different software applications and synchronize data. Your IT team need not constantly switch between systems to find the information they need. Instead, all data can be accessed from a more centralized location. iPaaS allows users to stay focused for longer during a task and provides much better visibility of your business operations through comprehensive reports. The user-friendly and intuitive design of this solution enables businesses to speed up its linking process with multiple systems in a cost-effective way.
An iPaaS removes the requirement to recruit expensive developers to generate code for customized integrations. The SaaS solution is accessible as monthly or yearly subscriptions in the cloud making it extremely cost-effective in a shorter time frame. Your iPaaS vendor will take care of the maintenance and storage of your interconnected data, giving your employees their time back to focus on the critical tasks they were hired to do.
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Another reason for a business to adopt this solution is scalability which means your business can expand without having to worry about setting up yet another custom in-house integration. It allows the business to grow up to meet demands. As long as your future applications are available on the network, your integration platform can grow with your business.
4. Ease of use
A good iPaaS solution usually offers a bunch of pre-built integrations called connectors that help you accelerate your integration projects and making integration easy for the teams involved. You don’t need a lengthy planning process and a huge project team just to get your integration off the ground.
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5. Improved decision-making
iPaaS can significantly reduce the gap between data entry and business intelligence which means organizations have the opportunity to track real-time data about their operations and make judgments that are as accurate as possible.
Since iPaaS solutions operate on the cloud, data can be accessed from multiple devices and from any location. This kind of access means that the time it takes to find relevant information is cut down dramatically, providing an edge when it’s needed the most.
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