How many cloud applications does your business use every day? A few dozens, maybe even hundreds. With so many being used critical business processes are fragmented across many applications. Manually moving this data from system to system is labour intensive and prone to manual errors. That’s where an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) comes into play. iPaaS is a central platform that standardises data flow between apps, and in turn streamlining the business processes.
Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation.”
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
Once you fall into the rabbit hole of iPaaS you’ll quickly discover there are about 30 to 40 vendors in this market. After deciphering this labyrinth of iPaaS vendors and choosing one which suits your company, you then have to establish the entire configuration for that platform. This involves developing the technical architecture to ensure the iPaaS is fully connected and correctly setup. Not to mention, configuring the system to allow developers to use it in its optimal way. Even a slight mistake in these initial phases will require rework or redesign, both of which take away from the main purpose of iPaaS (saving you time).
Let’s create a hypothetical situation where you’re building your first iPaaS project. You need to consider what to name it. Do you go with the project name, the line of business it’s part of, or more granular defining it as an employee or the data type you’re exchanging? There’s also the question of which code repository to use, Bitbucket, SourceForge, ProjectLocke, GitLab? Each one has its strengths and weaknesses; therefore, finding the perfect repository quickly becomes a difficult endeavour. Then comes connectivity, most vendors offer cloud services natively, but should you use a hybrid cloud model, with on-premise components and end to end security?To complicate matters further, you have also have containerisation options to consider for your multi-cloud deployments. All these elements are open to human error, one little mistake could completely alter how your iPaaS functions.
Now this might all seem a little daunting, that’s where we come in. At Pace Integration, we strongly believe that integration is at the heart of digital transformation and the connectivity tissue of digital businesses. We have a team of experts who can accelerate your iPaaS platform ensuring no setup risk for you.
A migration from traditional on-premise integration tools, techniques and patterns towards an iPaaS can be intrusive on multiple levels. Yet, the endstate will benefit all cloud characteristics, and will make integration a core capability in handling today’s business requirements, while, at the same time helping your organisation make their integration architecture future-proof. It’s here to stay, and in my honest opinion a no-brainer for modern businesses.
Embarking on your own iPaaS journey isn’t impossible, you just have to consider if it’s worth the time and possible risk doing it in-house. Or whether you should simply outsource the whole process to an Integration Managed Service (IMS). In-house would mean hiring a system integrator, who will set up your platform and train your I.T department (taking away from their usual activities).
With an IMS, offered by Pace Integration, the whole process will be simplified into a monthly subscription for Design, Development and Operations. Pace professionals will complete design, development and operations and the platform tailored to your company’s needs – as a result ensure predictive costs and stability.
You can now focus on driving your business outcomes, while we enable the integration of your ecosystem!
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