There is a category of vendors on the rise in the API space; Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The term is fairly new and there is some debate as to the definition and features of vendors that would be classified in the iPaaS category. This post is an overview of iPaaS and features several vendors that offer iPaaS solutions.
What is Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)?
In layman’s terms iPaaS is a platform that allows users to connect applications across multiple web services and organizations and then deploy these integrations without having to install new hardware, software or create custom code.
There are many recent technological trends and developments driving the need for iPaaS solutions. A few of the technological trends driving the rise of iPaaS are described in the Gartner Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013 :
- Personal Cloud – The personal cloud will gradually replace the PC as the location where individuals keep their personal content, access their services and personal preferences and center their digital lives.
- Internet of Things – The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that describes how the Internet will expand as physical items such as consumer devices and physical assets are connected to the Internet.
- Strategic Big Data – Big Data is moving from a focus on individual projects to an influence on enterprises’ strategic information architecture. This realization is leading organizations to abandon the concept of a single enterprise data warehouse containing all information needed for decisions. Instead they are moving towards multiple systems, including content management, data warehouses, data marts and specialized file systems tied together with data services and metadata, which will become the “logical” enterprise data warehouse.