It is, however, the Open Source flavor of iPaaS that we see as becoming the most sought after. Not only can it be hosted in cloud in three different flavors -- fully on cloud, hybrid and on premise (see Figure 1: Cloud Integration Architecture) -- in a pay-per-use model but with access to the code it can be modified at will to meet business needs. Which means a competent iPaaS provider can customize it as required and host it anywhere. As an example, a major global bank has an instance of iPaaS within the organization on its own private cloud with different operating units keep data separately and each using a different instance of the iPaaS environment. The bank used our expertise for data transformation, API management and to pick and choose components (mediation, transport, EDI transformation etc.) that address the needs of each unit. Access to the hosted platform is controlled and data secured to meet stringent compliance requirements. Being cloud and Open Source-based the platform is affordable to organizations of all sizes, provides ease of provisioning and ensures scalability.
Organizations opting for iPaaS solutions quickly place a strong list of benefits within easy grasp, provided they pick the right products for API management, traditional B2B EDI integration, services integration within the enterprise and their emerging IoT requirements. This is aside from the generic benefits such as plug-and-play features, quick bug fixes and easy customization for Open Source platforms.
iPaaS adoption should also be on the back of a carefully considered business model. The simplest, entry-level model is a fully hosted ready-to-use platform with plug-and-play components in a pay-per-use model. More ambitious businesses will want to build iPaaS capabilities within their organization using available products and customizing them to their needs. However, our recommendation, given the rapidly changing technology environment, would be for organizations to opt for a partner who can build, own and operate the integration platform using best of breed products. Organizations should only have to click a button and – presto! – integration is complete.
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