Our previous blog described what can go wrong with integrating data between disparate cloud-based systems. One of the technologies we cited for resolving integration challenges was iPaaS.
But what is iPaaS, and how does it reduce the complexities associated with integrating mission-critical applications?
Simply put, iPaaS or Integration Platform as a Service makes it easier to build and deploy applications and data integrations between cloud-based systems, or between cloud-based systems and those that reside on-premises.
iPaaS is a set of tools that integrates disparate software components that make up an organization’s application ecosystem. These toolkits are designed to deal with the very real challenge of integrating software systems from different vendors, with different API’s and data structures, that run on different platforms.
iPaaS technology includes pre-built business rules, connectors, mapping tools, custom development kits and tools for managing data quality that eliminates the need to “re-invent the wheel” every time a new integration is required.
There are many things that can go wrong when transferring data between mission-critical systems. Every data exchange is a potential point of vulnerability. If APIs are poorly designed or implemented, data can be compromised. If data transfers are not successfully completed, data can be lost or damaged in the process.
iPaaS technology addresses all of these issues, making data integration and workflows more reliable, efficient and secure.
The Benefits of iPaaS
The biggest benefits of iPaaS are speed to market for the data integrations, and end to end workflows, that are critical for business operations, along with reduced development costs because there is no need to start these developments from scratch.
With the right iPaaS solution, creating data integration flows and connecting various applications can be completed much more rapidly. Integrations can be done without having to install hardware or middleware, and without the need to write custom code.
API’s, connectors, templates and other integration assets developed using iPaaS technology can be re-used, significantly reducing implementation time and increasing reliability because the software has been previously tested and deployed.
An Example iPaaS Platform: MuleSoft
MuleSoft is an iPaaS industry leader and a Dispatch Integration strategic partner. Mulesoft supports the rapid development, deployment and management of reliable, high performing and secure application networks – seamless connections between API’s, data sources and devices that reside on-premises or in the cloud.
Mulesoft’s Anypoint Platform allows for integration between virtually any application and device within a software ecosystem. The main components of Mulesoft’s technology are:
- Development Tools
Allow for the rapid design and build of API’s, includes machine-based learning for testing API’s and integrations.
- Deployment Tools
Simplifies the deployment of API’s and integrations on-premises or in the cloud.
- Management Tools
Provide real-time visibility and fast troubleshooting of API’s and integrations, all from one interface.
- Security Tools
Provide automated security, threat protection, and security standards compliance. Data is secured by establishing perimeters around API’s, integrations and microservices.
The Bottom Line
In today’s hyper-competitive business environment, reliable and secure data integrations between application software is crucial. Leveraging iPaaS technology reduces both the time it takes to deploy these integrations and the development costs and results in a more reliable, secure and better-managed environment for business-critical information systems and workflows.
If you require more information about iPaaS, or if you have questions about a data integration project, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
About Dispatch Integration:
Dispatch Integration is a software development and professional services firm that develops, delivers, and manages advanced data integration and workflow automation solutions. We exist to help organizations effectively deal with the complex and ever-changing need to integrate data and optimize end to end workflows, between cloud-based, mission-critical applications.
Read more from Dispatch Integration:
- Data Integration of Cloud-Based Systems – The Often Forgotten Piece
- Managing Complexity, Security, and Reliability with your Workday integrations
- Integration Project Considerations for SaaS Vendors