iPaaS Benefit 1: Cost Savings
Many companies try to combine SaaS solutions in a versatile way to optimize existing business processes and open up new business opportunities.
But as SaaS applications become more widespread, traditional integration methods quickly reach their limits and expensive workarounds become unavoidable.
iPaaS offers a more cost-effective alternative.
- Citizen Integrators (data experts within your business who may need to integrate data for their main job, even though they are not classically trained on integration) can set up simple processes and software connections, since IT specialists are usually focused on coordination and monitoring. This means less effort will be required of IT, and it will save costs.
- The subscription model, on which many iPaaS solutions are financially based, preserves liquidity. It lowers the barriers to entry by requiring small installments as operating expenses (opex) instead of one large payment as a capital expense (capex). Even in times of economic uncertainty, there is no need to forego innovation; instead iPaaS can be used to streamline processes and thus save costs. Individual services can be added and removed with more flexibility.
- With iPaaS, you may no longer need to develop expensive integrations, as iPaaS combines systems, applications and processes quickly and cost-effectively. iPaaS offers a much greater number of connectors to SaaS and other cloud-based applications than traditional on-premises integration approaches.
- There are no extra efforts and costs for release upgrades, monitoring and bug fixing.
You should also take into account the hidden costs of on-premises operation – such as electricity costs for server operation and cooling – which can help you in your decision to switch to an online integration platform.
iPaaS Benefit 2: Scalability
iPaaS solutions are scalable, so they are able to integrate at the performance level required by the business at any given time, even for those with highly fluctuating needs.
iPaaS Benefit 3: Central Management of Integration Flows
One advantage of iPaaS is that everything can be managed through the same user interface. The basic tools and processes for development and operation remain the same, and can be reused.
New mappings, workflows and configurations can be developed and added more quickly with less effort and can be redesigned, disabled or retired as needed. Application or service orchestration can be much faster and easier with an iPaaS as well.
A fundamental advantage of iPaaS is the ability to present data in the right application and context at the right time. Additionally, in contrast to traditional integration approaches, a carefully selected iPaaS solution can accompany a long-term growth strategy throughout the integration and consulting process.
iPaaS Benefit 4: Availability
The availability guaranteed by SLAs is often 99.99% or more. These values can be achieved, among other things, by operating the integration platforms as active/active systems.
Release upgrades and other similar tasks can thus be performed without downtime. On-premises-based integration platforms cannot do this because they lack the appropriate resources. The risk of becoming a single point of failure is therefore much higher with on-premises platforms.
iPaaS Benefit 5: User-friendly Operation and Regular Updates
The user interface is designed for an average user; it can be accessed with a browser. This eliminates the need for extensive training, or users specially trained in software operation.
In everyday business practice, working intelligently and efficiently is only possible if tools and software solutions are always kept up-to-date. In order to function correctly, APIs and connectors to different endpoints must always be kept up to date, and new connectors must be provided at shorter intervals.
With iPaaS, these tasks are faster and easier to perform than with traditional on-premises approaches.
iPaaS Benefit 6: Integrated Multi-tenancy
Without multi-tenancy, individual access would have to be created and set-up for each individual customer, employee, etc., which can be complex and costly. Multi-tenancy allows minor adjustments to be made without extensive rollouts to save effort and cost.
Multi-tenancy also facilitates integrations. Transferable processes are managed by a central instance. Business areas with individual integration scenarios can be clearly separated. In addition, consistent integration processes can be moved effortlessly between a development, test and production environment.
iPaaS: Choice Rather Than Obligation
With iPaaS as a Central Building Block, Companies Are Prepared for Anything
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Written by: Holger FiederlingHolger Fiederling has been working for SEEBURGER AG since 2008 and initially worked as a product manager for SEEBURGER B2B-Solutions. Since 2014, he has been responsible for pre-sales and business development for the SEEBURGER Cloud. His focus is on the creation of new, innovative solutions and services, which are oriented towards the requirements of the customers, always with the aim of maximizing the latest opportunities for the customers. In doing so, he attaches great importance to taking into account the experience gained from all of his international customer projects. After starting his career in the automotive industry, Holger Fiederling worked for two large management consultancies in the SAP environment and in the area of hosting and outsourcing of IT processes. To compensate for this, he spends a lot of time on his mountain bike or skiing in winter.