21 Oct Why iPaaS and API #6: 10 fast facts about iPaaS features
by Milind Bhalekar
At this point, you probably realize how much you need iPaaS to smartly compete and streamline your business processes. Your next step is to learn more about iPaaS and get started with it. You’ll need to find a vendor. MuleSoft, now part of the Salesforce ecosystem, is among the very best, ranking as a leader in Gartner’s iPaaS Magic Quadrant. But setting up iPaaS in your company is more than asking someone else to do it. You need to go into it with a little bit of technical understanding—what iPaaS does, how it does it, and the everyday iPaaS features you’ll be interacting with as you elevate data management in your organization.
To give you an overview of exactly what transformative features your iPaaS solution could offer, I’ve prepared ten fast facts about iPaaS features and functionality:
1. Transformation engine and data mapping
Critical feature of application integration is to harmonize the inconsistency of data through ability to transform the formats
2. Out-of-the-box adapters
Adapters allow you to seamlessly connect to a system of records without you worrying about implementing underlying complex protocols.
3. Messaging bus
Using an event-driven architecture, you can leverage reliable messaging throughout the organization.
4. Support for standard protocols
This includes transports such as FTP, SFTP, JMS, JDBC, HTTP etc. While iPaaS can support SOAP/XML more preferred, lightweight and developer friendly option is REST/JSON.
5. Metadata repository
This provides the organization with easy data storage and user-friendly lookup of artifacts.
6. Orchestration engine
Need to create a new real time workflow to keep up with business processes and growth? Stop right here. Leading iPaaS offer it out of the box.
7. Batch streaming and job scheduling
Ability to handle large sized files through streaming apis and scheduling the jobs to poll folders or ETL files into destination systems on specific intervals
8. Management console
A central place for the administration of applications and servers in your organization.
9. Studio Designer
You can develop your own custom applications for further innovation.
10. Dashboards upon dashboards
Personalize dashboards for every user to track histories and relevant messages.
Setting up your organization with iPaaS will fasttrack your growth and simplify data management across departments. One of the key principles making iPaaS so good at its job is API-led connectivity framework. We’ll talk more about this in next week’s blog—stay tuned!
Milind is Simplus’ VP of Market Strategy and a leader in data integration strategy. Milind serves as Simplus’ strategic liaison for the MuleSoft and Simplus partnership, creating opportunities for joint engagements and growth. With over 21 years of experience in driving transformation for large clients, Milind spearheaded various digital integration products for a large GSI firm. As a practice leader, he successfully built large, multi-million-dollar, fastest-growing practices around integration products, such as MuleSoft, from scratch. Before that, Milind was part of product development companies, helping them in their design and architecture of product development and presales areas.