‘Confusion’ reigns with iPaaS integration

Grazed from ITWire.  Author: Peter Dinham.

Marketing gimmicks by vendors, especially “cloud washing”, and impractical ideas from some industry pundits are confusing organisations considering integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) as a means to ease the complexity of hybrid integration, according to one global analyst firm.

With global spend on cloud-based integration platforms expected to reach US$3.7 billion by the end of 2018, Ovum says vendors must effectively communicate and demonstrate cost benefits and return on investment (ROI) models associated with a shift to iPaaS, or they are “risking their slice of a market forecast to grow 31% over the next five years.”...

In a new report, Ovum dispels what it says is the confusion surrounding the iPaaS “phenomenon” revealing the “weaknesses in the hypotheses put forward by other industry pundits.”  According to Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst in Ovum’s IT solutions team and author of the report, one hypothesis is that “iPaaS is not only about integration and that the term should be used for cloud-based platforms that enable development of complete business applications.”...

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