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iPaaS integration: What Comes Next, And What Comes After That

Growth in cloud based technologies is driving IT complexity as well as the demand for Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). However, iPaaS is not a silver bullet for integrating cloud applications with heavily embedded on-premise systems. Many iPaaS implementations promise 'ease of use' but they inherently involve a lot of technical & IT support. Ultimately they fail to deliver the cadence required to make the change management feasible. Without knowing what to fix and how to fix with iPaaS, enterprises can face post integration issues and kinks.

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What is iPaaS?

iPaaS is not a new term anymore. Many organizations are using it for dealing with rapid proliferation of technology in their IT ecosystem. It involves several automation tools for integrating application deployed in cloud based environments. Earlier iPaaS versions were primarily built for simplifying Software as a Service (SaaS) integration projects. Currently, only some mature vendors are supporting Application to Application (A2A) and Business to Business (B2B) scenarios.

IPaaS Implementation Might Not be Enough for Integration Needs

iPaaS is an ideal solution for an organization which has more than one application to support business operations. Primarily, it offers cloud-based integration toolset to allow organizations in moving to cloud, control IT costs, and integrate cloud based applications. However, very few iPaaS solutions support complex multiplatform data environments that span cloud and on-premise applications.

Scenarios that require melding of application-to-application (A2A) and business-to-business (B2B) systems or need advanced service-level requirements cannot be supported with an iPaaS solution. iPaaS is unproven for large-scale critical A2A and B2B integration projects, where a large number of cloud and SaaS solutions need to be integrated with on-premise applications. Although many vendors specialize in cloud integration, but the connectors they provide don't support high performance, low latency or high volume A2A or B2B scenarios. Classic A2A and B2B projects have different requirements where organizations specifically focus on smooth data exchange and accelerated time to revenue. For such use cases, iPaaS works similar to the conventional on-premise integration platform. Teams face several downtimes and maintenance issues during large integration projects. As a result, several months of time is wasted on building integrations. Another relevant problem is scarce availability of skills for new iPaaS platforms. Costs expand further when special development resources are hired to process complex data.

Medium to large enterprises deal with several integration projects that support different business requirements. Independent integration infrastructures are built from the scratch with business rules specific to address specific needs. It is not feasible to use iPaaS integration for specific high volume or strategic projects where fundamental B2B processes need to be restructured.

Several difficulties arise when stakeholders configure integrations which don't meet compliance standards, i.e., PHI (personal health information), PCI (payment card data), etc. With iPaaS implementation, all these factors skyrocket the cost straight straight into the stratosphere.

The Future of iPaaS: Enterprise Class Integration Hybrid Integration Solution

An enterprise class hybrid IT integration solution is the future of iPaaS. It smooths the path to introducing new applications & delivery channels into a business's existing platform, modifying current business processes, and automating processes that require manual intervention. All aspects of business like billing, order management, payroll, production, etc. can be simplified on the interface of a hybrid integration solution.

How a Hybrid Integration Tool Supports Pervasive A2A and B2B Integration Needs?

A hybrid integration tool is an effective solution for typical A2A and B2B integration scenarios. Unique tool set helps users in critically evaluating their distinct business and IT needs like automation and integration, user resistance, number of users, etc. This advantage helps users in understanding which systems needs to be integrated for partner data exchange. By automating repetitive processes and orchestrating data in an order, businesses can reduce IT complexity and significantly drive down the cost. From one interface, teams can manage the existing infrastructure, network, hardware, operating systems, etc., and make improvements to them.

Hybrid Integration Framework: Features Set Required to Create an Overarching Business Benefit

  • Trading Partner Management Interface: A modern day hybrid integration tool provides simple yet powerful tooling for creating and managing trading partner profiles or inbound and outbound relationships. The defined rules can be changed and modified with a few simple clicks.
  • A Secure Communication Module: The right integration solution provides an end-to-end module for data security, encryption, file transfers in any IT environment.
  • Business Process Management Interface: A next generation tool packs process designer to allow IT staff and business users to collaborate on data, processes, and applications.
  • Workflow Automation: Businesses can reach many benefits by automating repetitive tasks. Teams can automate manual tasks, monitor running data flows, and generate real-time reports without IT intervention.
  • B2B Data Exchange Tools: To support critical A2A and B2B scenarios, a hybrid integration tool provides advanced features for Document Management, Data Schemas and Protocols, Rules Based Routing, Real-Time Batch Triggers, etc.

Adeptia's Hybrid IT Integration Solution

If you are looking for an alternative to iPaaS that eliminates complexity and addresses pervasive integration needs of A2A and B2B scenarios, one such option might be Adeptia's hybrid integration solution.  Companies like Pepsi, General Motors, Chrysler, etc. are using its enterprise class integration platform for supporting their ever changing IT ecosystem, becoming easier to work with, and accelerating time to revenue.

Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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