Everybody wants to enjoy the benefits of integration as soon as possible. The whole point of the process is to squeeze the most value out of data spread across systems. However, integration projects aren’t always as smooth and speedy as everybody would like. Because every business has unique processes and technology stacks, there’s often a deeper level of complexity to the project.
This is where an iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) makes the difference.
The capabilities of an iPaaS give businesses the means to implement a project faster—here’s how.
Before we explain exactly what it is about an iPaaS that accelerates integrations, let’s familiarize ourselves with what sets iPaaS apart from traditional integration models.
While traditional integration platforms often require custom coding and development to craft integrations, iPaaS solutions rely heavily on pre-configured connectors and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to make those connections. Less development and maintenance efforts make the iPaaS more scalable and flexible to changes than a traditional model.
Using the APIs and the pre-configured options, an iPaaS can exchange real-time data between solutions that updates quickly and without manual changes to the code. The use of APIs also means an iPaaS will offer more connectivity options than a traditional integration, so businesses can integrate a wider variety of applications and data sources.
Plus, the centralized, low code interface of iPaaS makes managing each integration easy, as data is updated and displayed in a user-friendly format.
Traditionally, when you code an integration, you must build out API calls. This requires time consuming hand coding. An iPaaS eliminates that need because it moves the development into the integration framework itself, automating the API connectivity necessary for the data transfers. This is one of the major ways an iPaaS accelerates integrations and leads to better outcomes.
An iPaaS is hosted in the cloud and offered as a service. It allows users to access its tools to configure and automate the integrations as they please. The iPaaS can exchange data between enterprise applications no matter where the data lives - in the cloud, on-premises, or in a hybrid environment. As long as the application has an API, the iPaaS can connect.
Low code and no code iPaaS makes it even easier by giving more options to build, configure, and manage integrations without coding experience.
Pre-configured connectors are often included in an iPaaS. These connectors are already tested and optimized, which reduces the time and effort required for building custom integrations. If changes are still needed, an iPaaS’ drag-and-drop interface reduces or completely eliminates the need for additional coding to build those customizations.
Automated workflows inside the iPaaS streamline the integration process. These workflows automate tasks like data mapping, data transformations, and error handling, which can significantly reduce the effort necessary to maintain the integration.
iPaaS solutions are highly scalable and flexible. They offer low and no code options for building and maintaining connections without hand coding. An iPaaS speeds up integrations by eliminating the need to build API calls, using automation and pre-configured options to minimize customization and maintenance, and providing one centralized location to manage all aspects of the integration project.
StarfishETL is an iPaaS celebrated by its users on G2. It’s been ranked among the highest performing, best supported iPaaS solutions. To find the application connections for your next project, view the connectors page on the StarfishETL website, found here.