Amid the shift to remote work, now-decentralized teams are learning how to work together while they’re apart. Beyond honing their communication skills and getting comfortable with task management apps, teams are becoming reliant on data integrations to continue working effectively together. In other words, for colleagues to collaborate effectively, all of those apps and systems must work together first. For companies, this growing need is a call to action. It’s time to implement an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) — the sooner, the better.
But how long does iPaaS implementation take?
That’s a valid question. At a time when so much is changing so quickly, the idea of diving into an extended and complex rollout for new technology might seem daunting or not the best use of limited time and resources.
The good news is that Boomi's cloud-native integration platform — Boomi AtomSphere — is built with fast and easy deployment in mind. And the platform’s speed, flexibility, and scalability enables even non-technical workers to quickly dive in without heavy lifting from IT teams. So, if you're worried about iPaaS implementation being a drawn-out process, here's why you can set your concerns aside.
The primary advantage of an iPaaS product is removing complexity from the digital landscape. Rather than manually coding point-to-point connections to coordinate data integration across a broad app ecosystem, everything funnels into a single, unified platform. And, when that platform layers an intuitive, drag-and-drop user interface atop a robust architecture comprising multiple complementary services, companies benefit from an extremely easy-to-use integration system.
A low-code, low-learning-curve iPaaS is the epitome of plug-and-play. Instead of lines of code and executables, model-driven integration processes allow non-technical users — citizen integrators — to build and deploy integrations.
There’s often hesitation with low- or no-code data integration solutions. They’re restrictive. They create tech debt. They break easily. Low code does NOT mean no control. In fact, when it comes to an iPaaS, these concerns simply don’t apply. It’s one of the few digital investments that follow the principle of Occam’s Razor: simpler is more likely to be correct. (Or in this case, better). An iPaaS is an easy-to-use solution that meets all your needs for integrated data – right now.
Speedy implementation is a necessity — especially in the current climate. When considering iPaaS deployment, look at your app ecosystem at scale. You need an iPaaS that not only satisfies your requirements now but will be able to scale with you.
Think of it this way. Nobody will be asking you for data slower, or less of it, in the future. Your data integration demands will only grow. The platform you choose must meet those data demands. It should also provide you with all the benefits of the cloud, including flexibility, agility, design patterns, scalability, high availability, built-in redundancy, and automatic upgrades.
Consider the agility of integrating your various data sources. Whether you have 10 or 100 data silos, you need to integrate them all in the same way. Your iPaaS should be the universal translator that brings them all together. That means SaaS applications, on-premises apps, cloud-based services, hybrid systems, and any other data streams. Every integration should be a smooth, seamless connection.
Connecting them all via an iPaaS should take days — not months of custom scripting and patchwork coding by an overworked IT team. It should be a frictionless, fast-moving process with minimal snags.
An iPaaS isn’t a success unless it serves the needs of your distributed teams. Are employee workflows streamlined and functional? Do different business segments have access to previously siloed data? Is data reliable, secure, and available to all who need it, when they need it?
A speedy iPaaS implementation increases the time-to-value you see as your organization benefits from the kind of visibility and transparency that is the outcome. A solution like the Boomi AtomSphere Platform is designed for quick acclimation and adoption. That means employees throughout the organization benefit faster from the greater efficiencies iPaaS can bring to their work lives.
So, how long does iPaaS implementation really take? With the Boomi AtomSphere Platform — which provides low-code connectivity, scalable services, and diverse application support — the time-to-value can often be scoped in weeks instead of the months many companies expect. With Boomi’s extensive library pre-built connectors and crowdsourced data mapping, the majority of the work is already done. While implementation varies for every company, the ease of adoption and capabilities of the platform make it a worthwhile investment.
For organizations testing the limits of their distributed teams in our challenging environment, the question is a simple one. Would you rather spend a short period of time preparing your company for long-term success in the face of uncertainty, or risk waiting out the unknown?
Give the Boomi AtomSphere Platform a whirl with a free trial to start seeing the practical impact and speed of integration deployment for yourself.