7 Trends That Explain Why iPaaS Is the Present and Future of Business
Why is iPaaS so important? And what does iPaaS account for in the first place?
Automation is having a profound impact on business these days. While far from the most flamboyant executions out there — such as Amazon’s warehouse concepts — a number of automation solutions are improving productivity at the workplace by leaps and bounds, mostly by implementing the use of iPaaS.
Defining iPaaS: an Easy to Adopt, Promising Technology
The acronym iPaaS stands for Integration Platform as a Service, and refers to
A category of cloud services that enables the connection and development of apps, as well as the design, improvement, execution and automation of workflows and processes.
Integration platforms as a service help companies and organizations improve their productivity and revenue levels by enabling the creation, enhancement, and automation of workflows. This allows data to flow freely beyond app boundaries and human error mistakes, among other benefits.
Connections between apps have been a core need since software became the standard at workplaces around the world. In this aspect, little has changed: in fact, the need for reliable integrations has skyrocketed, as more apps are used now than ever before.
Think of the apps you use every day: Gmail, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, ClickUp, Salesforce, QuickBooks — the list could go on forever. Up until recently, companies would either
- Hire a team of IT professionals to work on integrations (or assign an existing team with the tasks)
- Outsource the job to a software factory
- Contract gargantuan, third-party solutions with steep learning curves, faulty support, and little customization
With the arrival of cloud services these alternatives quickly fell short, favoring the adoption of flexible, cost-effective, and high-performing integration platforms as a service.
Exploring iPaas: Frequently Asked Questions
Nowadays, companies like Integromat are empowering both technical and non-technical users with the ability to connect apps with just a few clicks — a quantum leap in terms of accessibility and power. Unsurprisingly, this has driven an explosion in demand for iPaaS, and also pushed very important questions to the front scenes of automation:
- How to choose the best iPaaS vendor?
- Where will software integration companies be in the next couple of years?
- To what extent can processes be automated?
- Is iPaaS better than AI?
- Will iPaaS replace the ESB at larger companies?
Even industry insiders will tell there aren’t yet easy answers to these and other questions. Instead, it might be safer and more informative to look at current trends. In order to understand what the future may look like, we need to look at the present first.
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