Today most businesses operate on the cloud. Whether big or small, all kinds of businesses have migrated to the cloud due to the several benefits it offers. Cloud migration helps in reducing infrastructure management so that businesses can focus on their core functions.
Introduction to iPaaS
iPaaS, or integration Platform as a Service, is a platform that standardizes the integration of applications in an organization and makes automating business processes and sharing data across apps easier. It enables companies to increase their efficiency and accuracy and get rid of manual processes and minimize the usage of email and spreadsheets.
Moreover, iPaaS makes the data integration capabilities of a system faster and standardized and lets organizations build one platform to connect and manage different data sources. This platform does so by integrating all the devices and syncing them in an optimized manner.
In the coming years, iPaaS solutions may be able to offer more to businesses and enable companies to add multiple capabilities to their landscape.
Challenges with iPaaS and how to resolve them
iPaaS has a lot to offer to the growing businesses, but also comes with a set of challenges. iPaaS solutions need to work in multiple scenarios like the Internet of Things, application-to-application integration, business-to-business integration and cloud service integration.
Here are some challenges with iPaaS and ways to resolve them.
1. The constant increase in data volume
When data insights increase, the data volume increases as well. Managing the data volume is key. An increase in data volume with insights is inevitable and organizations need to manage a platform that scales with the business and insights.
2. Cross-functional availability
Almost all departments in a company rely heavily on data for their daily tasks. This creates an importance of a functional and user-friendly data integration solution. Data authorizations need to be set appropriately and employees should have access to only the data useful to them. Critical data must only be accessible to authorized employees.
3. Connected systems in different landscapes
Synchronization errors may happen when different departments have different data integration systems. This may be due to the reason that various tools may not integrate with each other or speak a different language. An iPaaS platform needs to support data literacy and promote the transition to the cloud.
Many companies prefer developing their connected system from scratch which is a tedious and expensive process. Third-party service providers can help set it up in less cost and time and help with any complications during and beyond.
Companies get the opportunity to take the next step with sophisticated iPaaS platforms. Unlike traditional integration solutions, iPaaS platforms help in ensuring that the application stack is working in sync with no need for manual interventions. This can help make organizations more accurate, agile and transparent.