THE WHY, WHAT, AND HOW OF IPAAS INTEGRATIONS
The complexities and importance of iPaaS integrations are explained through culinary and construction metaphors!
As teams expand and companies evolve, our reliance on and collection of independent software platforms grow right alongside them. Specialized software, at its core, enables people, teams, and organizations to streamline workflow, and to achieve greatness with far less effort and cost than imaginable just a few years ago. An integration is constructed interconnectivity between multiple systems (or multiple facets within the same system) enabling them to seamlessly exchange, understand, and manage information. Integrate the highly-specialized platforms your team already uses to bask in the unprecedented freedom of maximum productivity, innovation, collaboration, management, and visibility. By automating your workflows and functions, you’re not only consolidating and strengthening all of the individual integrated platforms, but you’re eliminating silos, roadblocks, duplication and misalignment in order to future-proof your team and outperform your competition.
TYPES OF INTEGRATIONS
There are three main types of integrations; Out-of-the-box, Custom API Built In-House, and iPaaS. Just like there are multiple ways to make a lasagna for dinner. All generally have the same elements; cheese, meat, marinara sauce, and pasta. Just like all integrations are composed of workflow recipes, triggers, actions, and lines of code.
Out of the box integrations are comparable to your prepackaged, frozen lasagna. Preheat your oven, pop it in, and wait. If you’re craving lasagna, it’ll satisfy, for a while. Out of the box integrations are focused on specific software with predefined workflows, basic functionality, and little-to-no customization, but they’re a good introduction.
CUSTOM IN-HOUSE INTEGRATIONS
Then maintenance of the integration will inevitably take even more time. Developers have to relearn the backend code every time an update is released, changing the functionality of the APIs. These are the lasagnas with the homemade pasta sheets that take 8 hours to make, roll out, and dry, and the marinara sauce that can’t even be made until the tomatoes have ripened on the vine. Unless you’d rather hire Gordon Ramsey to come make this one lasagna for you, in which case, please invite me. But in the days before grocery stores (or without a Gordon Ramsey-sized budget) there aren’t a lot of other options to have lasagna for dinner.
Even before launch and implementation, in-house integrations require expensive, dedicated, internal resources for upwards of six to eight months. This time is spent away from revenue-generating duties to learn the unique intricacies of all to-be-integrated platform-specific APIs.
IPaaS is the efficient of the efficient. It’s where the time and cost-conscious can dive into the future of peak productivity. IPaaS unites otherwise disconnected systems to deliver a revitalized and unified solution to the way we work. IPaaS is the attainable, adorable, fat-cheeked baby that came from the Gordon Ramsey original lasagna and the frozen one. It’s the oven-ready pasta sheets, the jar of organic, vineyard marinara sauce that you’ve spruced up with shallots and roasted garlic. It’s satisfying in every way, customizable to your exact tastes, and still allows time throughout the day to be productive in all other things you have going on.
WHAT IS IPAAS & HOW DOES IT WORK?
IPaaS supplies the infrastructure for creating cross-platform connections. The software company sets parameters for the types of connections allowed through their Application Programing Interfaces (“APIs”). Utilizing those parameters, iPaaS is empowered to interpret and move data between the systems, enabling uninterrupted workflow and process automation at a fraction of the time and cost required for in-house development.
Instead of piecing together separate systems, iPaaS integrations use a platform that connects all systems in one convenient cloud-based location. This eliminates the need to source and deploy software throughout multiple workflows or environments.
Software APIs can be updated as often as every day, which inevitably disrupts integrations and workflows. IPaaS is known for its reliability, as it can detect those updates early and automatically maintain the connection, ensuring seamless transition and scalability.
IPaaS is a genius and automatic organizer; users can access all data in a centralized location and admins can set governing rules. Different platforms and applications are now able to readily communicate, rendering data in an easy-to-interpret and easy-to-analyze manner.
IPaaS solutions are a centralized platform with the visibility to instantly and thoroughly detect threats, offering fraud detection and intruder alerts. Management and regulation compliance is further simplified by only having to implement changes in a single environment.
TAKING IPAAS FURTHER
As our teams utilize the best of the best, integrating one hyper-focused platform with the next, we illuminate a bold and daunting truth of the 21st century; we’re only as strong as our technology stack. And our technology stack is only as strong as the foundation on which it was built. A foundation long ago composed of clay and sticks, built in-house, and visibly unstable with each gust of wind. But in the modern, cloud-dependent world we live in today, iPaaS has gifted us the opportunity to build our companies on engineered steel. Buildings and companies that are prepared and excited to soar high into the clouds. This fully interoperated technology stack is an ecosystem. We call it an “ecosystem” rather than a “collection of apps” or “app stack” because ecosystem describes not only the tools and technology, but their interaction and connectivity to each other. A unique and customized ecosystem is the professional utopia of the future. Today, we start with an integration, and iPaaS is integral. Protect your time and resources, secure the software investments you’ve already committed to, and harness the power of every team member and the assets they create to soar past your competition with time left in the day to spend on what truly matters to you.