When “M” is the best letter in the acronym alphabet
We really hate acronyms but sometimes, they are a necessary evil. Anyone who is looking at integrating a lot of systems and applications will most likely come across iPaaS (that’s Integration-Platform-as-a-Service). But you may not have heard of iaaMS. It means Integration-as-a-Managed-Service, and it’s here to make life better.
What is great about a managed service? If you are looking into integration solutions, you no doubt already know that managing connections across multiple systems and applications can be a complex, costly and time-consuming task. That’s why many businesses are turning to Integration-as-a-Managed-Service to simplify the process and reap the many benefits it offers.
You save money (lots of it)
iaaMS reduces the need for dedicated IT staff to manage and maintain the integration infrastructure, which can save businesses significant amounts of money. It also takes away the need for you to invest in expensive hardware and software to manage your integrations.
(When making this decision, you also need to be aware – iPaaS is just what it says “a platform”. It doesn’t do the integrations for you – you need to use your own people or outsource to 3rd party providers for that, and to take care of things after the project is up and running).
You do You
By outsourcing integration management to a service provider, you free up your IT team to focus on your core business – things like putting innovative strategy into action. It will lift productivity and drive innovation, while also ensuring that integrations are managed efficiently and effectively.
Be an elastic band
There are a lot of reasons businesses need to scale (up or down) and shift quickly. Sometimes it’s predictable like when it’s Cyber Monday, or winter is coming. And sometimes you are caught by surprise – maybe there is a natural disaster that disrupts the supply chain, or a pop sensation decides they really like your pink baseball caps. Or sometimes your business just wants to try out a new type of value-adding digital service for customers.
Integration as a managed service can provide the flexibility to scale up or down (or switch gears) quickly, without the need for additional investment in infrastructure or personnel.
iaaMS can help mitigate the risks associated with integration, such as data loss or system downtime. Service providers typically have robust security protocols and disaster recovery plans in place, which can help ensure that integrations are managed safely and effectively.
Rely on the braniacs
Service providers specializing in integration as a managed service (like AgilyCom) typically have a team of experts (believe us, we do) who are experienced in managing complex integrations. This can provide businesses with access to specialized knowledge and skills that may not be available in-house. (As an added bonus with AgilyCom is that we are not just experts in the integrations we are also experts in the end-to-end business processes).
By going with integration-as-a-managed-service you take away the hassle, you reduce your costs, and free your team up to do what your business does best.