35% companies to deploy iPaaS by 2016: Gartner

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 12, 2013

cloud integrationOrganizations are increasingly turning to iPaaS (integration platform as a service ) offerings because of their close affinity with SaaS and the anticipated greater ease of use, lower costs and faster time-to-integration than traditional integration platforms, according to Gartner.

iPaaS can be defined as a suite of cloud services enabling the development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on-premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual, or across multiple, organizations. The research firm predicts that by 2016, at least 35 per cent of all large and midsize organizations worldwide will be using one or more iPaaS offerings in some form.

Currently most organizations are looking at cloud services integration (CSI) to address their problem of integrating cloud-based systems. But Gartner researchers believe that organizations require a more agile approach and faster time to value than traditional application or data integration initiatives.

Although CSI addresses the same basic problem as traditional application and data integration, iPaaS can be apt to address this specific challenge. The emerging platform will also require organizations to plan for an incremental development of their integration team’s organizational structure, methodologies and governance processes.

According to Massimo Pezzini, vice president & Gartner Fellow till the time, organizations take to deploy iPaaS, they should establish a separated strategy for CSI causing ineffective duplication of efforts, technology infrastructures and skills, higher costs in skills and technology infrastructure, and technical and organizational complexities.

For most large organizations, iPaaS will complement, not replace, the traditional on-premises integration middleware (such as, enterprise service buses, B2B gateway software, and managed file transfer). Therefore, dealing with the coexistence and federation of iPaaS and on-premises integration platforms will be the norm for most IT leaders, said Pezzini.