The Many Remarkable Benefits of iPaaS

In today’s increasingly demanding business landscape, companies must adopt an agile approach or risk obsolescence. Modern cloud-based SaaS business solutions facilitate markedly improved business efficiency, but legacy infrastructure and systems are barriers to progress. While most organizations are engaged in transformation at some level, they often face ongoing complications in connecting their existing systems with new solutions

iPaaS, also known as Integration Platform as a Service, is the answer, as it connects all disparate systems and simplifies the integration process, supporting an agile posture and enabling new organizational efficiencies that resonate throughout the enterprise.

Agility is Essential to Enterprise Success

As customer preferences become more challenging to meet, companies must do what they can to answer their needs. This often requires integrating cloud-based services and applications to enhance the customer experience. However, legacy systems slow down the effort, complicating IT efforts to deploy new solutions and isolating vital data in silos that slow down progress.

In order to stay relevant, companies must be constantly aware of new technologies and solutions and position themselves to take advantage of new efficiencies when and as possible. Shifting between SaaS vendors is not unusual; rapid scale is common. Having the flexibility to manage such requests can be a struggle if not supported by the right technology.

iPaaS solutions help companies meet these challenges, offering a cloud-based integration platform that accelerates these essential processes and allow businesses to advance and scale as the need arises. iPaaS is capable of managing connections to any SaaS application and can even connect on-premise systems simply and seamlessly, an endeavor that, in the past, represented a costly, inefficient, and cumbersome process.

Consider these points:

  • Today, the expectation is that integrations will occur within a few hours or a couple of days max. With traditional integration tools and manual coding, the process takes weeks.
  • Like the solutions we deploy, the data we output has increased exponentially and will only increase, meaning we need a faster, more efficient way to process and analyze it.
  • Agility is critical as needs change frequently, and it is necessary to pivot as the need presents.
  • User experience is critical to success, so the design process must consider the end-user and project what the business will need in the future.
  • Security is paramount as compliance is far more stringent and the cost of a breach is steep

Why Your Enterprise Needs iPaaS

To operate at peak efficiency, businesses must be capable of accessing the totality of the data they produce. To accomplish this, all business systems and software must be connected, and their data integrated into a digestible format. When on-premise applications and cloud apps (SaaS) are connected in real-time, it represents the fastest and most efficient way to access and monitor business processes. Internal workflows are improved, and just-in-time business decisions are enabled, helping companies compete. For example, connecting the CRM, marketplace applications, and the ERP delivers insights that help business leaders understand their customers better and see areas where they might be falling short. iPaaS offers a complete integration solution, encompassing API management as well as ESBs and more, removing integration challenges by centralizing and simplifying related administrative and IT functions. Though some companies may view an investment in iPaaS as a risk, the benefits far outweigh the challenges, especially when you consider the opportunities it affords.

iPaaS connects and democratizes processes that include:

  • Admin
  • DevOps
  • Cloud platform integration
  • Marketplace integration
  • Databases
  • Design tools
  • Reporting and data visualization
  • And more
In terms of ROI, by most estimates, companies can expect an increase in revenue that’s about five times their investment over five years.

Basic Functions of Typical iPaaS Solutions

For the iPaaS platform to achieve its goal, it must leverage specific capabilities, including:

  • Enabling cloud technologies
  • Leverage marketing and sales data
  • Ability to exchange data in a meaningful way
  • Simplified management/integration of disparate cloud infrastructures
  • Format bridging and conversion
  • Data routing according to configuration
  • Self-serve options for data synchronization and migration

The Many Benefits of Adopting an iPaaS Solution

iPaaS removes barriers to business advancement, directly impacting the speed, economy, and agility of connecting business cloud applications and platforms. 

iPaaS Enables Cost-Efficiency. There is no need to hire highly specialized developers simply to manage your integration process. Plus, as a subscription-based service, the costs are predictable, and there is no additional hardware to purchase.
Modified Engagement Rules. iPaaS removes the restrictions of architecture and licensing models and consolidates platforms into a single point, connecting data, applications, devices, people, and processes into a multichannel digital platform. IT can aptly run integrations through an on-premise server or in a private or public cloud.
Low-Coding Requirements. Drag and drop and point and click capabilities are built into iPaaS, enabling developers to work quickly and gain visibility into connections. Simplified processes accelerate the integration effort, boost productivity, and remove the complexities generally associated with ESB integration workflows. The manual design phase becomes a thing of the past, and integrations can be achieved by personnel even if they don’t have extensive background on the topic.
Optimized Customer Experience. iPaaS improves both front and back-end processes as it integrates data and makes it immediately available for collaboration between the company and its customers.
Improved Productivity. Integration workflows are simplified and streamlined, supporting greater productivity and helping your teams achieve their objectives in a reduced timeframe. Monitoring and management functions enable oversight of all processes, and the user-friendly interface makes the entire process more enjoyable and cost-effective.
Replace Upgrades with Updates. Automated updates replace the costly and time-consuming upgrade process, ensuring security, reliability, and full-featured availability in all systems. As modern SaaS solutions must regularly push out security updates, automating this process reduces IT spend and gives business leaders the peace of mind that comes with knowing all systems are protected.
Optimize Business Decision-Making. Business success means being able to respond as the need presents itself. Delays or wrong decisions result in loss of revenue and a struggle to catch up. iPaaS shortens the gap between data generation and business intelligence, enabling decision-makers to make more precise determinations based on real-time data. Additionally, data is collected from multiple sources and can be delivered on any device, reducing errors in judgment and enabling just-in-time response to market needs.
Highly Secure. Traditionally-managed integrations are fraught with security issues between on-premise and cloud applications. iPaaS solutions are infinitely more secure, reducing the risk of breaches and mitigating intrusions before they become an issue. Automated updates mean that your systems and software are always protected with the latest security measures.
Supports Scale. Rapid scale is a common occurrence in today’s business marketplace. To assure success during the process, both technical and administrative functions must be supported. Having the capability to embrace growth when it happens is what defines success. Even though most businesses start small, it’s critical to think big and plan for the possibilities with enterprise-grade solutions.
Enable Agility. An agile company is prepared for whatever the market throws at them. iPaaS supports an agile posture, providing a foundation built for speed and fully capable of adapting to new business needs. Just as new cloud technologies enhance the ability to increase productivity and efficiency, iPaaS offers a way to connect it all and simplify the process. Whether the need requires switching SaaS providers or adding new ones, the workflows are streamlined and intuitive, facilitating an expedient result and reducing costs and complexities typically associated with these processes.
Align Sales and Marketing. Sales and marketing alignment is a best-practice approach to accelerate results and build the bottom line. iPaaS integrates marketing automation and CRM, providing a consolidated view of your funnel and pipeline and enabling collaboration between each team. The more connected sales and marketing are, the more meaningful and timely their efforts become.

Final Thoughts

n conclusion, iPaaS is the solution to outdated, costly, and cumbersome integration workflows. It facilitates scale and provides a framework from which companies can embrace agility and maximize their IT investment, even when they still depend on legacy systems.

If you would like to learn more about Japio iPaaS solution and what it can do for you, reach out today to schedule a meeting. We’d love to show you what’s possible.