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Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) Software Overview

What is iPaaS Software?

Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) or Cloud Data Integration tools are platforms for building and deploying integrations. These can be built both within the cloud and between the cloud and enterprise on-premise applications.

iPaaS Software Features & Capabilities

  • Pre-built, tested connectors to a wide variety of applications such as CRM, ERP, HCM, Marketing Automation, etc.

  • Provision for modification of pre-built connectors to suit unique environments

  • Support for real-time and batch integration

  • Ability to perform data profiling, deduplication, cleansing, etc.

  • Security features including rights management, LDAP integration, password encryption, etc.

  • Console for monitoring resource utilization, system health, ability to start and stop processes, etc.

  • Support for other integration processes such as EDI and ETL

Why Integration Platforms Matter

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) have radically simplified the deployment of consumption of business applications and development platforms. They have also created silos of data that remain difficult to access by other systems.

For example, customer data from an application like Salesforce.com may need to flow to an online accounting system for invoicing and billing. It may also need to flow to an ERP system for purchasing. Additionally, a business intelligence system might need to extract data from all of these systems and more, to build a data warehouse for the purpose of decision-making. None of this is currently easy to accomplish without an integration platform.

iPaaS solutions are also gaining traction as important tools for managing the exponentially-growing Internet of Things. As the number of autonomously-communicating devices grows, on a consumer and business level, iPaaS solutions are poised as key resources for facilitating and managing the communications and integrating the data within the IoT that is growing both in scale and complexity.


Evolution of iPaaS Tools

iPaaS solutions were developed to help SMBs that had little-specialized knowledge of data integration, how to support data synchronization between on-premise ERP systems and early SaaS offerings like Salesforce. Vendors that emerged in this space allowed SMBs to achieve integration at relatively low cost.

It is no longer necessary to have specialists with knowledge of SOA and enterprise service bus (ESB) integration technologies. These integration platforms allow systems to be integrated much more rapidly, by using a multi-tenant cloud service.

iPaaS cloud solutions are now challenging traditional on-premise middleware solutions like service bus products, due to their relative agility and ease-of use. Integration Platform as a service software typically has an intuitive console for deploying and managing integrations across the enterprise. Within iPaaS, there are enterprise, IT-centric tools and a new generation of simpler, self-service tools designed for citizen developers. The growth of low-code or no-code interfaces within the market is a key facet of the development of self-service platforms.


iPaaS Software Comparison

To compare different iPaaS products, consider these common facets of the software:

  1. Target user size: iPaaS products can range in target user size from personal and small business use to enormous enterprises. If you already have some idea of the scope of the ecosystem you need to integrate, eliminating outlier products for your use case should be fairly clear. Looking at the trends in reviewers’ companies’ sizes can be a helpful signpost for which iPaaS products could be appropriately scaled for you.
  2. Ease of use: iPaaS’s market vision is to not need IT specialists to manage integration- this is understandably easier to achieve at smaller scales, but as you grow into larger iPaaS products, look for reviewer insights into how user-friendly the product is. For instance, investigate whether Line of Business users would work with the iPaaS or whether they needed to bring on dedicated iPaaS managers.
  3. Prebuilt integrations list or custom integrations options: Depending on the scale and complexity of the integrations you need, it will be helpful to know either the prebuilt integrations available or how easily and effectively you can build your own integrations on the platform. Most vendors advertise what prebuilt integrations are available, but the functionality of building your own integrations may be a more intensive process to discern.

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Pricing Information

There are a number of inexpensive or freemium products like Zapier and IFTTT which are integration tools designed for non-technical “citizen” one-way integrations between widely-known apps like Slack and Salesforce. These are modern, relatively simple tools not always suitable for the enterprise. Enterprise-level tools tend to significantly more expensive, residing at the upper end of the market. These tools provide also provide support for API management, EDI transactions and other developer-heavy protocols. iPaaS pricing is based on the solutions feature completeness, as well as the size of business they can support.

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Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) Products

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Crosscut

Moskitos’s Crosscut is an EiPaaS designed for hybrid information systems.

Unito

Founded in 2015, Unito, headquartered in Montreal, created their eponymous platform to integrate disparate SaaS applications, enabling workflows that cross the boundaries of tools, teams, and organizations. Unito's workflow management platform and two-way integrations allow information…

Cloras

Cloras is a B2B integration solution from DCKAP headquartered in Round Rock, that creates a unified integration experience across eCommerce, ERP, CRM, and 3PL applications. The Platform is built to solve day-to-day integration challenges.

Qlik Application Automation (Blendr.io)

Blendr.io is an integration platform for SaaS companies with connectors to 300+ various cloud applications, now from Qlik (acquired October 2020). Blendr.io enables users to create integrations with the low-code visual builder, embed them into the UI of a platform and centrally…

CCH Central

CCH Central from Wolters Kluwer is an environment in which programs within the CCH software suite can share information. CCH Central is at the heart of the Wolters Kluwer tax and accounting software suite. By combining information from multiple applications on customisable ‘home…

Stone Bond Enterprise Enabler

Enterprise Enabler is a data virtualization or data integration platform from Stone Bond Technologies in Houston, Texas.

API2Cart

API2Cart is a unified API which allows B2B SaaS providers to get connected with more than 40 shopping platforms and marketplaces such as Magento, WooCommerce, Prestashop, Demandware, XCart, Amazon, eBay and others via one integration. The service allows users to easily to retrieve,…

LeadsBridge

LeadsBridge is a marketing-oriented integration platform from the company of the same name in Miami, that the vendor states connects over 370 tools with popular advertising platforms and lead generation sources, including tailor-made integrations.

Outfunnel

Outfunnel is the most boring* marketing tool on the planet. *It aims to make it easy to create deep data connections between all your marketing tools and CRM (Copper, Pipedrive and HubSpot). It’s not very exciting, but it is useful to keep sales and marketing people working together…

Prismatic

Prismatic is presented as an easy way to build integrations and provide a first-class integration experience to customers. A comprehensive solution that empowers the whole organization, Prismatic encompasses a purpose-built cloud infrastructure, an intuitive integration designer,…

Keboola Connection

Keboola provides an open and extensible cloud based data integration platform that enables clients to combine, enhance and publish data for their internal analytics projects and data products. Keboola aims to help companies of all sizes: Reduce time to launch for analytics projectsEnable…

Blendo

Blendo is a cloud or SaaS-based self-service integration platform with robust ETL capabilities and compatibility with a variety of data warehouses. Blendo also allows user control over sync timing and access to historical external data.

Cyclr

Cyclr is a SaaS integration toolkit for SaaS platforms and app developers, presented as a solution to serve the user's customers' integration needs from within an application. An embedded iPaaS enables users to deliver integrations to 100's of popular apps and services with low-code…

Neutrinos

Neutrinos headquartered in Bengaluru offers their rapid applciation development (RAD) platform, a low-code solution for building enterprise applications.

IBM Cloud Pak for Integration

IBM Cloud Pak for Integration is deisgned to drive digital transformation with a simple, complete solution to support a modern approach to integration, enabling teams to integrate three times faster, while reducing cost by one-third.

webMethods.io Integration (webMethods Integration Cloud)

webMethods.io Integration (formerly webMethods Integration Cloud) from Software AG is designed to make it easy to connect SaaS apps and make business processes more efficient. It enables enterprise subject matter experts and eliminates integration silos, allowing users to integrate…

Sapper Intelligent Automation Platform

Sapper is focused on making it easy to automate processes, experiences and solutions. The solution consolidates common tasks of integrating applications, integrating data, preparing data for analytics or interacting with Bots. Sapper boasts a team with deep expertise in AI, Automation…

Adeptia Connect

Adeptia in Chicago offers their B2B integration solution to enables enterprises to accelerate customer data onboarding from months to a matter of minutes. Adeptia Connect provides a simple user interface (a front-end) to manage all external connections and data interfaces for a company.…

OpenText Alloy (formerly Liaison)

OpenText ALLOY Platform (formerly the Liaison ALLOY Platform from Liaison Technologies, acquired by OpenText) is a cloud brokerage service.

Frequently Asked Questions

What businesses benefit most from iPaaS?

Businesses with many data sources or pipelines that need to be integrated benefit most from iPaaS solutions. Usually, this means larger businesses tend to need them more than small businesses, but small businesses with many integration needs will still appreciate iPaaS solutions.

How do freemium iPaaS options work?

Most freemium iPaaS options offer a few free integrations, which can be enough for very small businesses. These options also typically include a pay as you go model, which can make them very approachable for growing businesses.