3 Reasons Why iPaaS is the Right Tool for Enterprise Application Integration

According to a recent study completed between TeamDynamix and CIO.com, the average company uses 185 apps and manages hundreds of APIs?  The rise of cloud-based SaaS offerings has enabled every department to build their own, unique tech stack to simplify and track their processes and data. From HR to marketing, sales to finance, facilities to security… it goes on and on. Chances are each area is using anywhere from 10 to 50 different systems to do business. While this, undoubtedly, has made companies, on a whole, more productive – it’s also created tech silos within organizations. This fragmentation of data and technology usually means there’s little transparency across departments about what tools are in use, what data is being collected and where that data moves and gets stored. This is a BIG problem.

Why Companies Are Moving to a Single Platform – iPaaS – to manage APIs, Apps and Workflows

To help eliminate these tech silos, businesses are investing in an emerging tech – enterprise integration platform as a service, iPaaS. iPaaS enables businesses to bring together all applications and APIS on a single platform AND create workflows to automate both simple and complex processes across tools and departments. This can save you both valuable time and resources, as well as improve cross-department communication around the tools being used and the data being collected, moved and stored by your organization.

Here are some additional benefits businesses can take advantage of when using an iPaaS solution.

Predictable Pricing and Unlimited Usage

Cost can be a big prohibitor when researching new technology for an organization – especially when budgets are tight and resources to implement and run the new technology are limited. The great thing about some iPaaS options are they offer predictable pricing and unlimited usage. iPaaS provides this low price point and the ability to connect any number of applications without a corresponding increase in cost per application. Once an integration workflow is launched, your cost won’t grow with usage and the easy-to-use functionality means you don’t need a large team of developers to maintain your integrations.

Easy to Use

Many iPaaS tools are no code or low code, meaning you don’t need to be a programmer to set up workflows and automations. Lines of business and various departments can build their own workflows while enterprise systems teams can be confident that the right guardrails, governance and security requirements are in place. As lines of business grow, they can independently and quickly deploy and manage their integrations without needing more support from enterprise IT. As a result, business professionals in various lines of business can become self-serving for their integration and automation needs without requiring additional headcount or an increase in IT budgets.

Beneficial to Supporting Business and Growth

Aside from cost and ease of use, iPaaS allows you to make better business decisions, cuts down on integration technical debt and can help you manage both employee and app churn. By using a single platform, you get a unique view of all the data moving within your organization. iPaaS works seamlessly in the background moving data between applications with the right governance in place so that you can empower your company to make better and quicker decisions. All the data needed is at your fingertips. In contrast, legacy tools often result in slower decisions or decisions with incomplete data, as teams scramble to pull together information upon request.

In terms of technical debt and security, using a modern integration and automation platform, like iPaaS, teams can become agile and flexible partners to their business teams and avoid the cost of technical debt. The full-featured, quick-to-build and deploy nature of iPaaS allows organization to avoid the bloat that can come when trying to build integrations in-house. In addition, the state-of-the-art enterprise security features of iPaaS can provide your organization the kind of bulwark it needs against costly breaches and other risks – a key feature for any business relying on hundreds of APIs.

Finally, iPaaS helps manage employee churn and supports app growth and churn. A big problem for many organizations happens when a key employee leaves the company. Often a brand-new employee is tasked with taking of the former employee’s integration and automation work. However, if using older technology or in-house custom code, there’s a need for extensive documentation to bring the new employee up to speed. And if there’s no documentation they are left to try and figure out things on their own. As iPaaS is built for ease of use and team collaboration, it’s easy for new employees to quickly pick up and accelerate the organization’s automation strategy.

Much like employee churn, app churn can present issues for an organization. As an organization’s app usage grows, enterprise teams need to be able to quickly deploy and launch new integrations and workflows. At the same time, we are also seeing a consistent churn in the applications used by companies with some companies churning through 30% of their applications in a year as their needs evolve. Enterprise teams need to be able to keep up with the pace of growth as well as sunset various applications. Using older integration tools or writing custom code in-house is not effective in managing this dynamic situation, whereas iPaaS is built for this quick and flexible use of integrations.

To learn more about iPaaS and get tips on picking the right vendor check out our iPaaS buyer’s guide.

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