Gartner: iPaaS to Play Growing Role in Enterprise, SaaS Integration

Loraine Lawson
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B2B Integration Gets Strategic in the Cloud

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If you're not familiar with the term "iPaaS" - integration-platform-as-a-service - you'd do well to learn it, because it will be an integral part of the future of integration - even for those with established integration infrastructures, says Gartner.


Back in April, I asked a simple question, "Yeah, What Is an iPaaS, Anyway?" I noted at the time that Gartner had written a research note on iPaaS, which was only available to subscribers, but in general the theme seemed to be that iPaaS adds governance, development tools and other features to integration-as-a-service. In other words, it is not so much something new as an evolution of integration-as-a-service, moving it more toward what enterprises now enjoy on premise.


Thanks to InformationWeek, that Gartner research note on iPaaS is now available for free download. So, at last, we can see how Gartner's defining the term and, more significantly, if you're looking for a cloud-based solution, whom it says is playing in this space.


Gartner defines iPaaS as "a suite of cloud services enabling development, execution and governance of integration flows connecting any combination of on-premises and cloud-based processes, services, applications and data within individual, or across multiple, organizations."


To answer your question, yes, the whole thing reads like that. There's a lot going on with that definition, so much so that Gartner includes a long list of vendors it sees playing in this space, many of whom are B2B e-commerce players and traditional on-premise players that are starting to offer cloud-based services.


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