The dramatic digital transformation that we hear so much about these days is all about enterprise data integration – or connecting business users to all the data that’s available across the enterprise. Doing so creates a seamless customer experience regardless of whether customers engage with you in digital or non-digital ways and arms employees with information they need to drive more business.
But digital enterprises are using more applications than ever before – especially cloud applications. The key challenge in a digital transformation then is how to connect all your various CRM, ERP, marketing and other enterprise systems. It’s not practical to plan for a massive increase in integration specialists, so IT departments and their business counterparts either need to complete integration projects at unprecedented speed or empower people other than integration specialists to create, deploy, and maintain integrations. Maybe even both.
That’s where iPaaS comes to the rescue.
The integration platform-as-service (iPaaS) is a relatively new approach. iPaaS enables businesses to connect data, applications and processes faster than traditional integration platforms such as SOA, ESB and ETL. In addition, an iPaaS can handle the challenges of the cloud, making it possible to quickly connect any database and any app—whether they function in the cloud, on premises, or a combination. In fact, Gartner recently wrote that traditional integration vendors “are nowadays often seen as expensive and complex in comparison to modern iPaaS offerings.”
So what exactly is an iPaaS? Some of the key characteristics and capabilities of an iPaaS are:
- A multi-tenant cloud architecture available as a service – An iPaaS is a cloud-based service, and therefore has all the characteristics of the cloud, meaning, among other things, that it can scale easily to allow you to create numerous connections and meet high-volume data-integration demands.
- A library of connectors that allow communications with cloud and on-premises applications – An iPaaS usually includes a combination of connectors for specific applications, such as one to help you integrate Salesforce, and ones that support common communication protocols, such as an OData connector that can be used to integrate with any OData-capable application.
- Subscription-based pricing – Just as with other cloud services, cloud-based integration services do not have high up-front costs and do not require you to purchase any hardware.
- Rapid data mapping and transformation – Tools for rapid data mapping help you take a field in a source system, transform the data, and map it to a field in a target system. Scribe Online has an added advantage of offering an easy-to-use interface that can expand your integration capacity— making it possible for non-technical personnel to create data connectors.
For more details on what defines an iPaaS and to find out more about how iPaaS can streamline data integrations, check out the Scribe white paper What Is iPaaS and Why Do You Need One Now?
And If you’re ready to give an iPaaS a test drive, download a free trial of Scribe Online at https://www.scribesoft.com/products/trial-software/.