Dispelling Myths about Integration Platform as a Service
Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS), also referred to as cloud-based integration, is a set of cloud-based tools that facilitates software engineers to deploy, manage, govern and integrate software applications and services.
There are many who think that IPaaS, being cloud-based, works only on cloud servers, but the fact is there are IPaaS solutions that can connect with proprietary enterprise systems that are found on your server and many IPaaS providers will assist to move software applications into virtual servers so they are accessible via the cloud.
Pre-built set up of IPaaS
There are those that say the set up and maintenance of IPaaS is time consuming and burdensome, but the truth is that you don’t have to have a complex programming background to implement IPaaS, because it is pre-built and, if you select the appropriate IPaaS integration platform, the set up is relatively simple because it is wizard driven, such that you may even build data flows between systems and set up cloud integration without an IT developer.
Because cloud services are basically used by the public, many fear that IPaaS isn’t secure, but the fact is that IPaaS providers have very strict IT security and have apps that include firewall and have improved IT security with real time monitoring, intrusion detection software and data recovery services and if something is compromised or hacked, the IPaaS providers can restore a working version in short order.
Not all are well-informed that using cloud-based versions of customer relationship management (CRM) software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software are the only cloud-based software options that are implementable, but the fact is that many IPaaS providers allow you to integrate your CRM and ERP systems with other software applications via the IPaaS system, automating data flows between the CRM and ERP systems and the legacy system and making this all available through an online interface. Speed is a beneficial factor and advantage when one integrates legacy apps of the IPaaS system with the cloud-based apps.
Multiple platform services of IPaaS
To dispel the misinformation among developers that IPaaS limits to a single cloud platform, the fact is that IPaaS can be used to set up a hybrid public-private cloud, providing control and protection of key business systems that business people don’t want accessible to the general public, such that IPaaS makes it possible with a variety of platforms, systems and software applications.
As a summary: IPaaS is not limited to components on the cloud; its set up is not costly nor is it a challenge to maintain nor time consuming; it doesn’t limit developers to a single platform; it is an option even when you have legacy software applications on your server; and it is secure.