What is iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) and why does your company need it
iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) is a technological platform in the cloud that integrates the different applications and data generated in a company. The importance of this technology is that it allows companies to overcome realities that occur in the business ecosystem, such as information fragmentation and using systems in the cloud and locally. The development of cloud computing makes it a tool of the future that will serve a more versatile and competitive scenario than on-premise software.
iPaaS starts from an environment of dispersion and isolation:
- Applications: distributed in different departments of a company, both internal and external and specific to each business area.
- Environments: on-premise and in the cloud, which give rise to the management of applications locally or through SaaS (Software as a Service) systems.
- Information: ultimately comes from different sources from different applications.
iPaaS deals with:
- Different levels of software management updates.
- Legacy systems, such as legacy technology (equipment and applications) sometimes obsolete but containing information relevant to the company.
- Various suppliers.
- Different structures and interfaces.
The fragmentation of the business ecosystem is a natural result in the technological evolution of a company: new needs that have been resolved through new programs and services offered by different suppliers. In short, varied technology converges and, in many cases, coexists with legacy systems hosted on company servers. To this, one must add market globalization and company internalization, which multiply challenges and make it more necessary to have technology that helps meet these challenges.
How does iPaaS work?
An application integration process involves a series of basic processes that allow several dispersed applications to share information and keep it synchronized.
What does the iPaaS process consist of?
The integration platform communicates with different applications to extract data. Through the mapping process, it transforms data to the format of the target applications and integrates them.
Advantages of iPaaS
- Accessibility. iPaaS is characterized by having a web interface that’s accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection.
- Connectivity. It puts communication through connectors to main market applications in multiple categories (CRP, ERP…etc.) to the most common databases (SQL, MySQL, ORACLE) and to text files such as OData and ODBC.
- Constant updates. In addition, this connectivity must be guaranteed with the incorporation of new connectors that allow users to standardize future integration processes as much as possible.
- Integration. It integrates cloud2cloud and locally. iPaaS integrates solutions and data that come from inside or outside an organization from virtual and local environments.
- Agility when implementing the system that does not require software installation or the acquisition of software.
- Access to information in real time between systems. This advantage favors decision-making in more efficient times, resolves incidents quickly and improves customer response times, etc.
- iPaaS offers companies several added advantages such infrastructure maintenance (updates and licenses are the responsibility of the service provider), lower costs compared to the previous local integration systems EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) and locally installed solutions that establish connectivity through complex tools and architectures allowing for the integration of data and processes.
Does your business need iPaaS?
- Yes, if you rely on management systems in the cloud: IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service).
- Yes, if you want to connect information from on-premise software and cloud2cloud applications.
- Yes, if you chose the EAI (Enterprise Application Integration), the application integration system that preceded the development of the current iPaaS platforms and you want to overcome some of the disadvantages such as high economic costs and long implementation times.
- Yes, if you want to break free from the current scenario and have more in common with business environments based on the isolation of applications and data. This will allow you to enter an ideal scenario characterized by the integration of services and applications that favor the automation of new processes and the availability of data from different sources in real time which when analyzed are an important resource to companies.