It’s Time to Make IPaaS Part of Your Solution Stack

It’s Time to Make IPaaS Part of Your Solution Stack

IT and operational professionals are busier than ever as companies add new apps and develop critical business processes. But are your technical and strategic talents being used effectively to solve these issues? For the many under-resourced departments, with an endless to-do list of rush project and critical buildouts, the answer is no, as the process of reducing manual work by automating critical business processes and integrating applications requires a lot of time, expensive technical resources, and low-level repeatable work.

Integration is a key part of any automation strategy, yet historically, traditional ways of handling integrations are not scalable. The good news is there’s a better way. Integration-Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) technologies standardize how integration is done across your entire organization, making it easier for everyone to share data and automate processes. By adding an iPaaS to your solution stack, you can more quickly eliminate many of the manual processes, data entry, management via spreadsheets and email, and error correction that plague every organization.

So Many Apps, So Little Time

It’s not just a smartphone slogan — there really is an app for just about everything, and that applies to businesses as well as consumers. To understand the explosive growth of business app usage, consider this: In just one sector — marketing technology — the number of apps grew from around 150 in 2011 to approximately 7,000 in 2018. And that’s just marketing. Virtually every business unit has a growing set of favorite apps, and thanks to the “Consumerization of the Enterprise” trend, there’s no end in sight.

The decision about which apps to deploy is no longer in IT’s hands; line-of-business leaders make their choices based on which apps help them do their jobs better. As they make those decisions, they don’t necessarily select apps that work well holistically with other apps in the organization. That’s where developers get bogged down in integration projects.  

Organizations need a way to seamlessly exchange information between business units to reach automation and digital transformation objectives. Integration is the key, but at present, most companies don’t have a robust integration strategy. They use a patchwork of tactics to connect business processes, which stretches developer resources to the breaking point.

Why Current Integration Solutions Fall Short

Your marketing team’s automation technology probably maps to your sales organization’s CRM since SaaS apps typically offer basic native integration features to help drive demand. But when users try to customize those features for specific business purposes, they quickly find that their out-of-the-box native integration function isn’t flexible enough to meet their needs. That’s when they call IT.

Developers can use point-to-point connectors from a third party to take up some of the slack, but again, when users try to apply them to a complex integration need, these solutions fall short. With thousands of SaaS apps on the market, business users who rely on prefab point-to-point connectors for integration will invariably encounter situations where there simply isn’t a prebuilt solution to address it.

When native and point-to-point connectors prove too limited and inflexible, companies often turn to DIY app integrations created by developers. Developers can use code and APIs to build powerful integration solutions – but that also means they spend most of their time on integration projects. And as apps are added and processes change, developers have to handle the resulting maintenance tasks.

iPaaS To Connect Everything

Rather than reinventing the wheel every time a user deploys a new app or business processes change, iPaaS makes it simpler for business users to connect applications and automate workflows. iPaaS standardizes how applications are added and enables the seamless flow of static or transactional data across apps while delivering critical functionality out of the box, including:

  • Guaranteed data delivery
  • Error handling
  • Endpoint adaptors and connectors
  • Data governance
  • Development tools

Many iPaaS technologies were only designed for technical users, but the new generation of iPaaS solutions makes it much easier for both technical and business users to build and maintain integrations. With the right iPaaS technology in place, simple integrations are a snap for users, and developers can easily address deep customization needs when data and process complexity demand it, then hand it off to the business user. That frees up developers to focus on more interesting projects that add value and generate revenue.

So, if you’re ready to stop playing whack-a-mole every time someone deploys an app or changes a business process, it’s time to make iPaaS part of your solution stack.

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