In previous blogs I discussed the reality of needing to build a temporary” heat of the moment” integration solution to address the problem at hand, but that the integration method you choose could, unfortunately, leave you with the proverbial black box of mystery. Understanding data integration is a business necessity, and the critical decision of how you integrate data across your enterprise is more important than ever. Your employees, your customers and your business partners need information in real time—right now! If information delivery from one app to another is delayed—or worse, never occurs at all it could have a drastic impact and cause business to go right out the door.
There are many scenarios where this need for information shows itself every day. For example, it’s why sales and customer service keep screaming for access to the customer account information managed by the finance team. It is also why the operations team is yelling for the sales pipeline so they can plan for inventory and production.
Knowing that people need access to enterprise data to manage our business, often leaves us wondering, “How can we get application A to talk to Application B and then to get combined analytics on A and B in a manner that meets our needs?” With pressures coming from the business to integrate more applications and data, it’s easy to understand the urge to fix the problem as fast as you can without paying attention to the solution you choose.
With many integration methods available, the choice is not always simple. Most businesses now rely on a combination of on-premises and cloud applications—accessed by end users with multiple devices. That makes it a challenge to set up a process that makes integrations easy to create and easy to support, even for technical personnel.
To help determine which integration method makes the most sense for your company, Scribe has published a white paper (download it here) that presents the pros and cons of the five most common approaches:
- iPaaS (integration platform as a service)
- File Export and Import
- Extract, Transform and Load (ETL)
- Enterprise Application Integration/Enterprise Service Bus
Determining which method is best is key given that enterprises now commonly use many more applications and from multiple vendors—the need for fast data integration has never been greater. In some cases, it makes sense to combine a new integration approach, such as iPaaS, with other integration forms that have been around for years.
Each of the different forms above have their place depending on your requirements, so weigh the alternatives carefully before choosing the approach for your project (remember, that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction). Standardizing your integrations on a single iPaaS platform can help you address many different challenges of keeping your critical business data integrated and can help you scale for future needs. It is no surprise that iPaaS platforms are gaining momentum in the industry due to cloud adoption, flexibility and affordability. But there are scenarios where other approaches may be suitable. As an advocate for iPaaS integration solutions, I don’t want to discount other methods of data integration because you may have a combination of business circumstances that make one of the other choices very appropriate.
To help determine which integration method makes the most sense for your business, check out our white paper When to Use iPaaS. You should also visit our website to find out more about the unique time-to-value, ease of use, and lifecycle management benefits of our iPaaS and to get connected to the tools you need to create your solution. If you have additional questions about whether an iPaaS can help you with an upcoming integration project, please contact us. We would be happy to help you select the approach that works best for your situation.