What is iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service)

Recent years have seen a lot of growth in the number of applications that companies use for basic business needs. However, as businesses bring on more and more apps, they can end up with a disconnected stack of applications and no easy or affordable way to bring them and their data together to fulfill business processes.

For example, suppose a business uses Excel Online to manage its database but also uses Zendesk to manage its customer support operations. Wouldn’t it be nice if the two applications could be connected and then automatically update their data whenever a change was made in either one? Such an integration and automation would make each of the apps more useful and effective.

The good news is, there is a way to connect these and other applications — no specialized knowledge needed — with the help of an integration platform as a service (iPaaS). But just what is iPaaS, and what is an integration?

An integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is a software product that allows organizations to easily and inexpensively build their own cloud integrations, or connections, between business apps and create unique, custom workflows and automations.

 

Why use an iPaaS to build integrations?

Integrations between apps and their data are nothing new. However, a traditional integration between SaaS (software as a service) apps is individually coded and built out on premises by an IT department. These integrations can be prohibitively time consuming and expensive to create, and apart from needing a lot of resources up front, they can be difficult to keep updated as apps are overhauled and APIs change. Making even minor adjustments to an integration can require a hefty amount of time and money.

But an iPaaS changes all of that. Using an iPaaS such as Azuqua, an integration between nearly any apps can quickly be made a reality for a fraction of the cost. These iPaaS integrations are housed on the cloud, and automations can immediately be created, tested and put to work. When an iPaaS is used to form an integration or automation, what would have taken days or weeks to do through traditional methods can instead be completed in a number of hours.

 

Many differences can exist between iPaaS products

While some may think of an iPaaS as a tool for integration for beginners, that’s not always the case. That’s because each iPaaS has its own integration capabilities and level of expertise required to use it well. It’s important for a business to understand the strengths and limitations of any iPaaS software it considers using so that it can find the iPaaS solution that works best for its needs.

Some iPaaS software is extremely easy to use yet is limited in what it can accomplish. While developers can get started using such iPaaS systems without a hitch, they may find they can’t build the integrations or automations wanted for most enterprise scenarios. Other times, an iPaaS platform may have incredibly sophisticated integration capabilities but also require extensive onboarding and professional knowledge to be about to be used effectively.

Then there are iPaaS products that strike a happy balance — “sophisticated enough to power enterprise scenarios while also simple enough for developers to quickly get started building integration solutions,” says Medium writer Jesus Rodriguez. And according to Rodriguez, Azuqua is one of the integration platforms leading that class.

 

How to Choose an iPaaS

Connecting SaaS, data warehouses and APIs through integration is a huge undertaking, and it’s important for a business to find the iPaaS that best suits its needs in order to achieve the greatest success. Here are a few iPaaS features that should be taken into account:

  • Range of usability
  • Level of IT visibility
  • Creation at scale & repeatability
  • Flexibility to integrate SaaS and homegrown microservices and APIs
  • Security features, permissions & on-prem option

To help users navigate different iPaaS vendors and make a decision about which iPaaS to use, Azuqua offers a free, downloadable guide that offers a wealth of in-depth information on the things to consider when selecting an iPaaS.

 

Why choose Azuqua for iPaaS services?

As noted previously, Azuqua offers the ideal balance between simplicity and sophistication in an iPaaS, allowing its users to do complex things in a simple way using its cloud integration platform.

With Azuqua’s iPaaS capabilities, gone are the days of a team of IT developers spending large amounts of time and resources to create cloud integrations and automations to connect data and streamline processes. Instead, users can quickly get started using Azuqua’s clean, intuitive iPaaS interface to build cloud integrations and automations designed to fit even the most complicated scenarios.

Whether the user is a seasoned IT developer or someone completely new to the world of coding and integrations, Azuqua offers assistance to improve output at any level. Azuqua users have access to a wide array of tools and resources, including videos and datasheets, to help them gain full command of Azuqua’s iPaaS capabilities for building cloud integrations and automations.

 

Learn more about Azuqua

Choosing an iPaaS platform is a big decision, which is why Azuqua offers a free trial for users to see if it’s a good fit. Could Azuqua be right for you and your business? Visit us today to learn more and to get started.