In our previous blog post, we discussed why SaaS (Software as a Service) companies benefit from offering integrations for their customers but building and maintaining these integrations is not as simple as “flipping a switch” or having your internal development team build them out for you.
Building out these complex integrations is not a small task for internal development teams and can be accompanied by additional challenges. On average, it could take an internal development team up to a year to build out these integrations, and this typically lies outside of their main job responsibilities.
They would be creating this integration through custom code, costing companies a lot of time, money, and resources. This approach can also lead to scalability issues and make it difficult to maintain and update over time.
Fortunately, there is a better option available today that can help companies avoid the challenges and drawbacks of building integrations through custom code – it is called iPaaS.
What is iPaaS?
To alleviate the pain of building integrations through custom code, businesses can utilize iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service).
iPaaS is a set of automated tools that are specifically designed to integrate various software applications, which could be deployed in diverse environments. Typically, large enterprises that operate complex systems utilize iPaaS to seamlessly integrate their applications and data in both public and private clouds.
The Benefits of iPaaS
- Faster-go-to-market: iPaaS utilizes a visual interface and cloud-based infrastructures that allow for quicker and simplified integration with the painstaking need for custom development. The visual interface empowers businesses to configure integrations with the help of an integration development team, while the cloud-based infrastructure can scale automatically to handle increased data and traffic. This allows businesses to add new applications and data sources quickly without worrying about infrastructure scaling, to reduce the time needed for development, deployment, and updates in a changing business environment.
- More reliable: iPaaS offers a centralized platform for managing integrations. This centralization allows companies to monitor and manage their integrations from a single location, reducing the risk of errors and improving overall system stability. The cloud-based infrastructure and automatic scaling of iPaaS can help businesses maintain high levels of performance and availability, even during periods of high demand.
- Easier to maintain: iPaas providers have agreements with various platforms to stay up-to-date with API updates, ensuring that integrations are adjusted seamlessly without breaking them. This means that when changes happen to the integrated platforms, the iPaaS provider takes care of adapting the integrations to those changes, so companies do not have to worry about maintenance or updates. This makes iPaaS a much more reliable and efficient option for companies looking to streamline their integrations and focus on their core business functions.
- Cost-effective: As we mentioned above, building integrations internally can be a time-consuming and expensive process, often requiring development teams to work outside of their core responsibilities, which can lead to business tasks being put on hold. iPaaS helps companies avoid these issues and leverage pre-built integrations and tools provided by the iPaaS provider, allowing companies to start seeing faster revenue and a greater return on investment.
In the growing realm of technology, companies now have access to a wide range of iPaaS solutions to choose from. With so many options available, selecting the right one can be a daunting task for any organization.
In our next blog post, we will be evaluating the top 5 iPaaS solutions in the market, enabling you to make an informed decision about the solution that best fits your business needs.