The next evolution of iPaaS and Service Integration solutions is now well and truly with us. However, many businesses have yet to make the leap forward. They are stuck in their same old, slow and expensive implementations. The traditional ways of doing things rely heavily on API-led integrations, hand-coded connections and third parties to oversee setup and maintenance.
Businesses who have made the switch to the latest integration tools and hub solutions are seeing the benefits of leveraging Next Generation iPaaS. As a result, new integrations are quick and easy to create, existing integration don’t fail or break and changes are managed in-house by employees and teams.
Let’s take a look at a handful of specific benefits and see exactly why you should be putting your money into an automated Next Generation iPaaS solution right now.
1. Don’t get left behind
There is nothing worse than waiting to see whether something that is unsure will become certain and then getting questioned by senior management why you never made the move. This isn’t just about embarrassing conversations, it’s about competition. 20 years ago, IT was a pain in the neck team that kept saying ‘NO’ to things.
Now IT is the forefront of innovation and disruption in every market and business. When businesses want to make fast and exciting moves within their market space, they need to make sure IT is helping to lead the change and applying their specialist skills and technologies to make the business more competitive.
Integration is one of the single most effective technical competencies for improving competitiveness. It allows you to manage how every tool, process and team communicates across the organization. Waiting 30 weeks to connect up your CRM to your new payment system isn’t good enough. It needs to be done in a day or you risk getting over taken by a competitor who has their integration game nailed down tight.
2. Traditional iPaaS is slow
Automated Next Generation iPaaS solutions allow you to move quicker, make fast and powerful changes and enable agility across the whole business. If you are using solutions such as Dell Boomi, Mulesoft or Informatica, you are already at a speed disadvantage. These are comprehensive solutions, but rolling out new integrations requires code, API’s and rigorous testing.
Developing, improving and launching new services means you need to have faith in the technology you’re using and not relying on third parties to ‘make things happen’ for you. We meet businesses regularly who are leaning too much on managed service providers or internal project managers for their integration implementations and changes. In 2019/20 this is something they should be doing by themselves in real-time, by using simpler and quicker to use solutions for iPaaS and integrations.
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3. …and Expensive!
Lots of tools will happily advertise ‘Starting at $$$ prices…’. However, as soon as you want something more complex like multiple integrations, message queuing or support, the cost rises exponentially. Old fashioned iPaaS solutions have built in complexity, which makes them inherently expensive. Modern integration solutions, should be 100% subscription based, offer a single and wholistic set of features and feature no setup costs.
Most integration solutions are managed services, disguised as software solutions. Then when you look back at 2-3 year’s worth of integration costs, you find a wide range of (not even very well hidden) costs related to support, setup, maintenance, changes and consulting. Modern iPaaS takes all the accumulated cost away by making integration 100% truly based in software and self-service.
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4. It’s a low risk investment
Next Generation iPaaS will quickly reduce your overall costs, but more importantly it makes your costs far more predictable. With ONEiO, you will only ever pay for the integrations you use, so you have complete control over your costs, simply through your usage of active integrations. Integrations are quick and easy to setup (most can be up and running in less than a day) and can be run alongside any existing iPaaS solution. This way you can make your migrations as quickly or slowly as you choose to.
As a result, you can reduce costs in a managed and predictable way, by planning your move to Next Generation iPaaS one integration at a time, with no catches or increased costs for ‘more complicated’ integrations or those that need support to setup. Each integration costs exactly the same and is totally managed by you. You can get started for a very low cost and still get an enterprise grade solution.
5. Instantly boost your flexibility, agility and speed
Again, you want to be a competitive business and your technology and teams are your single biggest weapon in the battle field. You need to double down on the skills and tools that make you great and quickly fix the weak links in your armour. Integrations literally hold your sales, marketing and service management functions together, so you have to give them the very best opportunity to communicate, collaborate and share.
New-age integration solutions don’t just hold the tools and processes together though. They offer a new level of capability around introducing new tools and services, testing out new improvements and maturing the way data and knowledge is passed around from team to team. Flexibility, agility and speed are the greatest outcomes high-performing integrations can create for your business.
Need further information? Our Step by Step Guide to Next Generation iPaaS is the perfect starting point to begin your integration journey.
If you are dragging along an old iPaaS solution and sitting on a backlog of integration improvements, it is time to move on.
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