Introducing iPaaS: Integration Platform as a Service

Technology research firm Gartner is coining a new term in the cloud services industry. A certain niche of tech players has caused the research firm to start using the term iPaaS. While cloud veterans may be familiar with Platform as a Service, iPaaS simply takes PaaS to another level by adding the world “Integration” in front of it. What is the significance of iPaaS? Businesses of all sizes are tasked with managing the flow of data in their organization. Their next task is how to manage the data while figuring out how to get the most use out of said data. Doing all of this efficiently is the key to succeeding in business enterprises that require iPaaS services.

Many IT teams rely on a patchwork of services strung together that may include expensive legacy connectors and adapters that are designed to help process data for in house applications. Over time, this patchwork can become a nightmare to administer and because maintaining infrastructure the old way meant more labor costs, equipment costs and testing costs, businesses have reached out to iPaaS consultants such as IBM, SnapLogic and Boomi. As you can see, there are iPaaS solutions available for the largest organizations in the world as well as consulting companies that are still in infancy but are becoming well known within the iPaaS world. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report on iPaaS notes many of these new players to the game along side the tech titans such as IBM.

Since cloud integration is such a large business venture, several new companies have sprouted up in order to provide iPaaS services. As small to medium enterprises learn about the cloud, they understand the cost of doing business with a PaaS solution for all your enterprise computing needs is essential to gaining an edge in competitive marketplaces. As hybrid clouds become more common place, Gartner predicts that the demand for PaaS and iPaaS services will increase significantly.