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An essential guide to iPaaS management and vendors

Last updated:May 2019

Editor's note

As architectures become more distributed and organizations need to keep track of more software components than ever, integration has become even more important. Integration platform as a service can help, but how does iPaaS really work? What are the fundamental features to look for in a platform? And once you've thought about a vendor, how will that decision align with your enterprise integration strategy as a whole?

This essential guide looks at the fundamentals of iPaaS, provides key information to help you evaluate today's iPaaS vendors and shows you how to create an effective and secure integration strategy. Dive in to learn more.

1Your primary iPaaS considerations

Before you dive into selecting an iPaaS strategy and vendor, you need to understand the ins and outs of iPaaS and how it fits the enterprise today. This involves knowing how iPaaS works, whether your organization will actually benefit from iPaaS and what your other options might be.

In this section, our experts look at the fundamentals of iPaaS, how it works to ease integration processes and how it compares to other integration approaches, such as those provided through SaaS and traditional PaaS.

2A look at iPaaS vendors

Once you've decided iPaaS is for you, it's time to think about how you will choose your vendor. First, understand how you need to evaluate the options on the market. Then, you can start looking at individual vendors and decide which ones will meet your needs.

Below are several articles that look at the iPaaS vendor market, including how you should grade them, how to compare them to options like SaaS providers and individual looks at some of today's unique iPaaS players.

3Integration and your iPaaS strategy

You understand iPaaS. You've studied the vendors. But are you sure your integration strategy is settled in place? No matter where you are in your integration journey, it doesn't hurt to review whether you are truly on the right track to make sure all your critical application resources are aligned.

Review the content in this section to get our experts' advice on the top things to keep in mind when forming your hybrid strategy, how you should align it with your existing software architecture and the most effective ways to make cloud integration work to your advantage.

4Key iPaaS terminology

Are you up to date on the latest terminology surrounding iPaaS and enterprise integration? Take a moment to review some key terms that can help you get a better understanding of how iPaaS works and the goals you need to target.

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