iPaaS: A Faster Path to Enterprise Modernization and Digital Transformation

Over the last few years, companies have quickly been working their way towards digital transformation, modernizing aging IT infrastructure in an effort to provide better service and delivery at a time when resources are limited and, in many cases, overburdened. The realities of the last year, alone, have caused organizations to double down on their digital transformation efforts and invest in enterprise integration and workflow solutions to form the foundations of a new, integrated digital landscape.

Did you know that at any given time, an organization relies on upwards of 100 different applications to facilitate everything from customer services to employee interactions? Many of these apps do not inherently integrate with one another, causing gaps in information sharing, redundant data entry and manual processing – creating roadblocks on the road to a truly integration enterprise. That’s why integration and workflow solutions are so integral to the digital transformation process.

Integration and Modernization Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Sharing data within and across organizations, departments and tools has traditionally been facilitated via point-to-point integrations or a series of application programming interfaces (APIs). Point-to-point integration can break the minute a system updates. APIs are much more common – in fact, the average IT organization now uses more than 300 APIs to connect various systems. But misconfigurations are common and can introduce security vulnerabilities and errors.

These data management challenges – combined with resource and budget constraints – mean organizations need a better way to integrate and share data. That’s where iPaaS comes in.

iPaaS (integration platform as a service) enables organizations to leverage data across the enterprise. A cloud-based integration platform, iPaaS can easily integrate with any system using pre-built connectors housed in a connector library. These connectors can coordinate data integration across the full enterprise of applications. Users can easily create new connectors without deep technical knowledge.

The Benefits of iPaaS

iPaaS helps seamlessly connect software applications and synchronize data. This synchronization can have long lasting benefits to an organization’s operations:

  1. Cost-effective integration. By implementing iPaaS, organizations can supercharge their teams with a library of pre-built connectors to systems that are used every day. All of this connectivity provides the backbone for digital transformation.
  2. Improved security and compliance. Extensive use of APIs has opened organizations to security risks, while bespoke scripts are often uncontrolled and undocumented. With a centralized integration platform, access points and workflows are controlled.
  3. Creation of the golden record. When data resides in disparate systems, organizations have a hard time achieving a single source of truth. With iPaaS, organizations can harmonize and transform data so that they are able to point to a true record.
  4. Improved accuracy. Because iPaaS leverages a centralized connector library, creating workflows is easier and more straightforward. CIOs can be more secure in the workflows and connectivity built across their 100+ systems.
  5. Greater employee efficiency. Process automation is a key outcome of true digital transformation. The ability to quickly and easily build workflows using a visual flow builder helps employees do more, in less time.

To learn more about iPaaS and the positive impact it can have on your organization check out this eBook: What is iPaaS and How Does It Accelerate Digital Transformation

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