Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS), also referred to as cloud-based integration, is a set of cloud-based tools that facilitates software engineers to deploy, manage, govern and integrate software applications and services.
Connectivity of IPaaS
The truth about access capability of IPaaS is that even if IPaaS is cloud-based, there are IPaaS solutions that can connect with proprietary enterprise systems that are found on your server and many IPaaS providers will assist to move software applications into virtual servers so they are accessible via the cloud.
Some think that the set up and maintenance of IPaaS is time consuming and burdensome, however, IPaaS set up is pre-built, therefore, it doesn’t have a complex programming background to implement and, if you select the appropriate IPaaS integration platform, the set up is relatively simple because it is wizard driven, such that you may even build data flows between systems and set up cloud integration without an IT developer.
IPaaS strict IT security
Many fear that IPaaS isn’t secure because cloud services are basically used by the public, but the fact is that IPaaS providers have very strict IT security and have apps that include firewall and have improved IT security with real time monitoring, intrusion detection software and data recovery services and if something is compromised or hacked, the IPaaS providers can restore a working version in short order.
Capacity for software integration in the IPaaS system
The fact that many IPaaS providers allow you to integrate your CRM and ERP systems with other software applications via the IPaaS system, automating data flows between the CRM and ERP systems and the legacy system and making this all available through an online interface, is to dispel the misinformation that cloud-based versions of customer relationship management (CRM) software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software are the only cloud-based software options that are implementable. The integration of legacy apps of the IPaaS system with the cloud-based apps provides speed, as fast as you can set them up.
There is no such thing that IPaaS limits to a single cloud platform, but the truth of the matter is that IPaaS can be used to set up a hybrid public-private cloud, providing control and protection of key business systems that business people don’t want accessible to the general public, such that IPaaS makes it possible with a variety of platforms, systems and software applications.
As a summary: IPaaS is not limited to components on the cloud; its set up is not costly nor is it a challenge to maintain nor time consuming; it doesn’t limit developers to a single platform; it is an option even when you have legacy software applications on your server; and it is secure.