Every modern IT business is dependent on a plethora of ‘as service’ offerings. Whether it is software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (Paas), new services being introduced.
Companies using Marketo, Gmail, and other SaaS apps can easily solve their day-to-day work without any hassle. This is the reason why SaaS apps are in use. Another technology is iPaas that helps organizations to integrate SaaS data and automate tasks. The growth of this technology is likely to witness as we know that companies are using SaaS apps. It will certainly gain momentum with time.
Companies using iSaaS and iPaaS technology will have to understand their purpose and differences. This is the only way they can effectively implement either iPaaS or SaaS strategy. Let’s discuss the essentials to gain insight.
About iPaas and SaaS
iPaaS: iPaaS (Integration PaaS) is a set of cloud services that provide the development, governance & execution of integration flows and connect on-premises, cloud-based processes, data, services & data on different types of platforms.
In simple words, we can say that iPaaS connects multiple apps and extracts data from each of those systems. Then, the normalization of data takes, and the data is delivered through a compact interface (single and compressive interface). Using iPaaS, it is easy for organizations to create unique services for different types of systems.
SaaS: SaaS is software used remotely either by a single or multiple users. Service providers can easily own, deliver and manage SaaS. Software that is based on a set of common codes and data definitions is delivered by them.
Differences between iPaas and SaaS
The following points will help layperson to understand the differences between iPaas and SaaS.
1. iPaaS applications are a unit of SaaS, but all SaaS applications cannot be termed as iPaaS.
2. SaaS applications are individual or specific services hosted on the cloud while iPaaS is used to connect SaaS services for the seamless exchange of data between multiple applications.
3. SaaS applications do not reside on on-premises while iPaaS allows users to create an integrated platform of on-premise and cloud-based services.
4. SaaS Examples – Google Apps, Box, DropBox, etc. Can we term these applications as iPaaS? Using these cloud services, users cannot link data, sources & multiple apps, and hence these cannot be termed as iPaaS.
5. iPaaS solutions allow the easy integration of data from single and disparate sources. This is why every modern IT enterprise uses iPaaS solutions.
6. iPaaS and SaaS solutions are used for different roles. Thus, organizations will choose the desired solution as per their requirements.
Whether enterprises need to choose iPaaS or iSaaS (Integration SaaS) hybrid integration, they should know their requirements and plan accordingly.
Let’s understand the need for integration through a simple example. A company needs integration for its functioning. They cannot register on different platforms like Zendesk and Salesforce and expect the automatic syncing of data. An integration platform is required for the automatic syncing of SaaS apps.
The above information is ample to understand the major differences between the iPaaS and iSaaS.