With so many terms in hybrid integration floating around these days, you may ask yourself, what is iPaaS?
What is iPaaS?
According to Gartner, “Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is a suite of cloud services enabling the development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on-premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within an individual or across multiple organizations.” It’s important to note that this is a critical integration capability to have in place in a modern enterprise. Why? Because it caters to emerging integration audiences and rapid SaaS integration.
- Integration offered as SaaS–click, subscribe and use
- A key component of a hybrid integration platform (HIP)
- The fastest growing integration market in the broad integration space
What is iPaaS really used for? What real value does it bring to your organization? For starters, it has many roles within the context of a company’s operation. Nowadays, it’s initially used for cloud service integration (aka SaaS integrations in the form of cloud to ground, ground to cloud and cloud to cloud), but its use cases and potential is clearly much broader.
What does this mean? As an example, since SaaS solutions are adapted to the meet requirements of the enterprise or within a line of business-led initiatives, this requires integration with core applications or integration with other SaaS offerings.
You can utilize iPaaS to achieve integration much faster. iPaaS use cases specialize in API-led integration on a typical basis. And in addition to the above, including mobile application integration and IOT integration. Further, you can save money with iPaaS, as well as have faster connection times. A win-win for all.
To get to the core through “Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)” is simply integration offered as SaaS. In short, that means no software, hardware and no upgrades.
iPaaS advantages and capabilities
An important foundation in any company is certainly application integration. Modern integration techniques through APIs and digital transformation go hand in hand to help a company open and deliver with consistency data to support innovation.
Base capabilities of iPaaS are communication connectors, application connectors, formats support (XML, etc.) and standards support (EDI, etc.). As well as mapping and transformation, routing and orchestration, integration flow development and lifecycle management, operational monitoring and management. This list is familiar for those who have tracked the integration space. Note that the difference is in how these capabilities are offered.
iPaaS is certainly a necessity in circumstances in which integration capabilities are nonexistent. Why? Because they are not prepared to support the pace and demands of your initiative. This allows a company to quickly address the integration of fast-moving integration projects.
With iPaaS, often through a focused user experience and availability such as SaaS, it targets the new persona’s emerging in integration including the ad-hoc integrator and citizen integrator. Via this, it’s important to note that “Gartner views iPaaS as core HIP enabling technology.” At the recent IT symposium in Barcelona, Gartner highlighted hybrid integration platform in the session entitled “Digital Business Transformation Canvas” and noted here and elsewhere iPaaS as well as AMPLIFY API Management as cornerstone technologies to a HIP.
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