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4 arguments in favour of considering an integration Platform-as-a-Service

30 March 2018, Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing, Real Estate, 4 min leestijd

Successful organisations are ones that continuously manage to connect their processes with the changing world. But that is easier said than done. These processes change demand swift adjustments in the supporting application landscape, but without sacrificing the quality or continuity. In short, an agile, modular, stable, and integrated application landscape is what it takes to enable growth. But how can you create such a landscape if the number of cloud applications continuous to increase?

More and more organisations are deciding to use cloud applications in order to create the desired agility. Sales are choosing a rock-solid CRM-platform, procurement the best tool available for demand forecasting, and eCommerce are going for a flexible platform with all the desired specifications. All these loose applications are good at what they are meant to do, but won’t make an organisation successful. Even worse, they will create merely an impression of agility. And meanwhile these application landscapes are getting more complex, with an increasing number of applications that run in different clouds and at physical locations. And here the task and responsibility to bring the solutions together and to ensure smooth data exchange between them falls upon the information manager.

Out with the old
Traditional ways of enable integrations are simply no longer meeting the requirements. Coding and compiling are time-consuming activities and, on top of that, it also requires (outside) specialist expertise. It all puts a heavy burden on IT departments that tend to be continuously occupied with keeping up with the legacy applications. The desired change, agility, and innovation are therefore hard to find…

The new norm
But fortunately, the latest advances in technological developments are not going to let us down. According to many, iPaaS, i.e. integration Platform-as-a-Service, is the new solution for application integration in a hybrid cloud strategy.

At Ctac, we are also aware that iPaaS offers a solution to the most important challenges that our customers are currently struggling with. In this blog I will give you four arguments for considering the integration Platform-as-a-Service.

Advantages and arguments in favour of considering iPaaS

1. The ease of drag-and-drop
Nothing changes as much as the customers’ wishes! It is therefore an art to be able to swiftly respond to the opportunities that arise, even if you don’t yet know what these opportunities are. iPaaS will give you this agility, because it will allow you to build and maintain an integration without the process of coding that can take hours. The integration layer is made transparent through a visual interface and, by using a drag-and-drop, you can easily make any connections. Moreover, we can – in many cases - also make use of a worldwide community with previously made connectors to the most common applications. Integrations are therefore configured within just a few clicks.

2. The simplicity of connecting in a hybrid cloud
iPaaS supports all processes for application integration, whatever the complexity of your landscape might be. You can easily make connections between cloud platforms, Software-as-a-Service applications, and on-premises systems. This means that all the solutions will exchange information among each other, effortlessly and in real-time, even if you work with less common data formats. You will provide customers and employees with exactly that what they need: smooth processes in which the data of the different applications will hang together seamlessly.

3. Central management of integration processes
iPaaS as offered by Ctac will make it possible to centrally manage all the integration processes. It will provide you with one central place to open and close the taps, to stay in control of the final result. Curious about how many messages are being exchanged? Or where the integration is not running quite optimally? Well, in the central management area, you will be able to see it at a glance, thus providing you with the possibility of taking immediate action if the performance is lagging behind.

4. Sharing information as securely as possible
iPaaS enables the exchange of messages between applications and will therefore have to process tons of data. And of course that will have to happen in a secure way. At Ctac, we have already taken care of this because the platform is running on a Ctac private cloud and therefore falls under Dutch law. Besides that, we have an extensive team of in-house security specialists who know everything about this subject. In this way, your data will always be safe.
 

Want to know more?

How do you quickly provide the right integration in a complex hybrid Cloud landscape? And how to bring the labyrinth of loose applications to flexible, uniform businessprocesses? In this webinar recording integration experts Hans Gootjes en Jeroen Scholte inform you about the Ctac Integration Platform-as-a-Service(iPaaS), powered by Dell Boomi.
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