|By Srinivasan Sundara Rajan||
|June 22, 2012 03:00 PM EDT||
Studies suggest that businesses are adopting cloud much faster than IT, which is fair considering the fact that tightly coupled on-premise applications and outdated platforms from the previous decade made businesses realize only 30% of their budgets as business capabilities and the rest has gone towards maintenance activities.
The biggest supporting factor for businesses to get agile in the cloud is the availability of a large array of BpaaS (Business Process as a Service) solutions.
However, businesses cannot realize all their needs wilth solitary or individual BpaaS solutions, rather they need the option of integrating multiple business processes and to arrive at the desired business capability.
Traditionally IT has set up EAI, SOA-based application frameworks and application servers so that the orchestration of multiple business processes can be done toward realizing a business capability.
However, with the level of agility provided to businesses through BpaaS it may not be worth the wait for businesses to set up SOA solutions using traditional IT means, rather businesses are looking for something more agile from the integration perspective too.
Integration PaaS or iPaaS is a cloud- based service that provides SOA-like integration options for enterprises using an ESB-like visual orchestration platform. Salient features ofiPaaS that support a businesses need for integrating BpaaS services are below:
- Platform as a Service ensures that no upfront costs and complexities of traditional integration software and hence businesses can quickly integrate business processes.
- Platform takes care much of the Quality of Service (QoS) needs of the business
- Most of the iPaaS provides prebuilt connects to popular BpaaS solutions like SalesForce, Taleo, etc., which makes the businesses not spend time on connectivity-related issues
- Intuitive graphical user interface provided by iPaaS platform vendors ensures that business users need not be technical enough to create the integration solutions, rather the visual tools abstract the complexities.
The following are some of the popular iPaaS platforms that business users can consider for seamless integration of BpaaS solutions.
Dell Boomi Atomsphere
Dell Boomi AtomSphere is an on-demand integration service. AtomSphere makes it possible for companies to integrate their applications, data and trading partners directly from the web, without installing software packages or hardware appliances. Users can securely build, deploy and manage integrations using only a web browser. AtomSphere handles any combination of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premise application integration with unprecedented ease. In addition, integration can be accomplished at a fraction of the cost of enterprise integration software. One of the interesting features of Atomsphere iPaaS is that there are prebuilt connectors to the following famous BpaaS solutions and their on-premise counterparts.
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM
- Great Plains
Dell Boomi provides a cloud-based integration platform. It supports two deployment models: an in-the-cloud deployment model that is used when all the integration endpoints are cloud based and an on-premise deployment model that is used when any of the integration endpoints are within a corporate network. The Dell Boomi Atom Cloud is maintained and run by Dell Boomi. You can deploy your cloud-based integration processes to the Dell Boomi Atom Cloud. You can use the Dell Boomi Atom Cloud to process up to 1 GB of volume per month at no charge; additional charges may apply if you exceed this limit.
The Mule iON integration platform as a service (iPaaS) allows you to build and offer repeatable integration applications without creating custom code. Mule iON uses ESB-based runtime engine, Mule ESB, which is a popular implementation of Enterprise Service Bus. Much like the graphical user interface in Boomi, With Mule Studio - the user-friendly development tool - you can quickly build these integration applications and deploy to Mule iON with just a few clicks. Mule iON also supports lot of out-of-the-box Cloud Connects, especially to CMIS, Magento, MongoDB, SalesForce, and Twitter.
Much like the other PaaS, Informatica iPaaS is aimed at end-user productivity. Cloud integration templates support specific industry use cases. Using the Cloud Connector Toolkit facilitates building connectors for existing cloud applications. As with other iPaaS, prebuilt connectors support SalesForce, Quick Books, Net Suite and other popular SaaS applications. Apart from SaaS, Informatica's traditional data integration tools in the form of Load Data, Sync Data, Data Cleansing, and Replication are also available as part of iPaaS.
The above information is not a detailed technical introduction of respective iPaaS platforms, also it's too early to compare them as these platforms are just maturing. However, the underlying value provided to businesses by iPaaS is immense, as businesses can now consume their entire chain of business processes by integrating between multiple BpaaS solutions and there's no need for them to wait for IT to set up resource-intensive SOA or ESB platforms. We expect a lot of POC projects in the near term before the businesses are fully convinced that iPaaS is an option for enabling desired business capabilities.
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