A growing number of customers are inquiring about software platforms that can “integrate” their various applications so that data can be easily accessed and shared. As interest has increased, the software industry has responded by deploying solutions based on a Platform as a Service (iPaaS) model.
iPaaS is often used by large business-to-business (B2B) enterprises that need to integrate on-premise applications and data with cloud applications and data. However, more and more small and medium businesses (SMBs) are also looking to integrate as well.
According to Research and Markets, the iPaaS market is expected to grow from USD 528.0 Million in 2016 to USD 2,998.3 Million by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 41.5% during the forecast period.
Gartner reports that, “The Integration Platform as a Service is a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on-premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual or across multiple organizations.”
What this means is that iPaaS features an intuitive interface that simplifies creating and managing multiple data flows. Because it is often provided as a self-service, minimal-code solution, non-technical personnel benefit from being more easily able to create basic application-to-application integrations without involving IT.
Working in an integrated environment should allow you to be able to manage and scale data and resources more quickly at a lower cost.
The Benefits of Integration
An iPaaS solution can simplify an organization’s overall operations. The virtual platform dashboard presents a consistent interface for managing application data inputs and outputs. It is scalable to meet increased data volume from mobile and other environments, can be integrated in real time with minimal disruption to your operations, and offers an overall better user experience.
However, many of the available products offer more bells and whistles than are probably needed by most customers who simply want to connect data across their platforms. Finding a solution that provides this objective should be relatively simple from both a deployment and an operational perspective.
What is Included with an Integration Project?
iPaaS vendors typically supply the server and data infrastructures, as well as middleware and other software tools necessary for building, testing, deploying and managing software applications in the cloud. Maps and transformations are included to speed up the development of integration flows, as well as prebuilt connectors and business rules that define interactions. Your integration advisor should be able to help you with this.
How Can You Simplify the Integration Challenge?
Working with an integration advisor can provide a solution that matches your needs without overwhelming you with features you may never use. Your advisor should be able to deploy the solution without disrupting your current operation and ensure functionality by performing the appropriate testing and monitoring.
NEdocs provides advice and best practices on integrating document management applications. For example, NEdocs integrates the Papervision on-premise document management system with the ImageSilo cloud application so customers can manage documents from one interface, no matter where they are stored.
For further information about application integrations, feel free to contact one of our document management specialists online or by phone at (603) 625-1171.