While integrated-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) has gained traction and evolved at a fast pace, its solutions are not yet mature enough for complex integration requirements, according to analyst firm, Ovum.
IPaaS is an extension of the functionality provided by integration-as-a-service solutions. It offers integration services delivered on top of Cloud-based integration platforms for design and runtime governance.
Ovum IT solutions senior analyst, Saurabh Sharma, said, “iPaaS solutions provide an easy-to-use configuration interface for faster development of integration flows and offers pre-built connectors and processes for a wide range of enterprise applications.”
“It is a good option for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that do not have well-established integration capabilities and are looking for consolidated suites that cater to a wide range of application integration requirements.”
Despite this value proposition, iPaaS will only achieve seamless integration through careful planning. This is because very few iPaaS solutions have the capability of supporting a wide range of application and data integration requirements, such as on-premise to software-as-a-service (SaaS), SaaS to SaaS, on-premise to on-premise, and business to business (B2B) integrations.
Sharma also added that “while traditional integration approaches may enable interaction between software-as-a-service and other on-premise and SaaS applications, the associated expenditure and implementation times are not always in line with IT budgets and project plans.”
Therefore, alongside learning the integration-related expenses associated with iPaaS, including all possible savings, organisations must consider data security, privacy needs, vendor maturity and viability, minimum peak-load capacity and associated costs, overall efficiency, and scalability.