An integration platform is a tool that allows applications to communicate with each other, despite differences in programming or formatting. So, a company will need an integration platform to coordinate its internal applications. Additionally, companies operating with external trading partners’ programs need an integration platform to standardize communication and documents.
In layman’s terms, an integration platform takes data, documents, protocols, and processes from all your tools and puts them on a single platform.
Say you have a transportation company, and you receive and deliver orders for a variety of customers. Naturally, each customer will have its own system for logging inventory, placing orders, and receiving invoices. An iPaaS allows you to integrate, automate, and transact with each customer almost instantly from one platform! As a result, you save hours of manually going through each system.
An iPaaS sets your data up for real-time integration, whether it is A2A or B2B.
That being said, if you:
Then you definitely need iPaaS!
So, what makes a good integration platform…good?
Once you decide to find an iPaaS, a quick Google search will tell you there are many companies out there to choose from. Don’t feel overwhelmed!
There are 3 factors you can focus on when selecting the best integration platform for your company:
The best iPaaS companies have strong security measures in place to protect your sensitive data. Independent auditors can certify a platform’s security to give you and other customers peace of mind.
Look for certifications like these:
This voluntary certification demonstrates the integration platform’s capability to ensure data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Seeing this certification on your chosen iPaaS company’s site means you can send and store information confidently, knowing your information on the cloud is protected from outside interference.
This certification indicates how an integration platform has taken specific measures to reduce risks of security breaches, and is aware of the latest security protocols for data integration on the cloud. When a company has this certification, you can recognize it as a reliable integration platform.
(Learn more about these certifications and their significance here and here.)
How much time and money are you going to spend onboarding an iPaaS? Will the platform provide insights on reporting, or leave you blind? Are there limitations on which applications can be integrated? How much of your work will be automated by your iPaaS?
Asking these questions as you sift through the many options for an integration platform will help you divide the wheat from the chaff!
Cost may be a priority for your company- and it should be. But if you settle for a low-quality platform because it was the best deal, you may end up spending more time and money in the long run.
The more data you have access to, the more processes that can be automated, and the more time you save communicating in-house and with external trading partners…more savings you will have down the line!
This is the feature of iPaaS companies that can’t be overstated: you need streamlined, automated processes, with easy-to-understand data and trends in one place.
When considering an iPaaS that can fit your company’s needs, be sure to look over the tools and usage that will be available to you.
If an iPaaS results in you
… keep looking for a better fit.
CINTAP is an iPaaS with a big future; we have already partnered with several transportation, logistics, and manufacturing companies (and several other industry verticals as well!). We are poised to continue expanding, and you can be a part of it.
CINTAP checks all the boxes on your wish-list: a dedication to data security, quality, and ease-of-use.
For both A2A and B2B solutions, CINTAP seamlessly integrates your data across applications and programs in the cloud for real-time data transfers. We automate your systems with no infrastructure costs or maintenance overheads. And CINTAP allows for simplified transactions to minimize risks with fewer errors.
What’s more, CINTAP stands out from the crowd with its logging feature, onboarding time and cost, and all your tools readily accessible and analyzed in real-time. Our variety of plans allows you to customize your integration platform to meet your company’s needs.
Unlike other iPaaS companies, CINTAP has a single dashboard for you to view trends, complete transactions, and manage your company. Additionally, we are able to connect with almost any application and give you insights into that data and its trends in one place- no toggling back and forth between pages!
With our commitment to bring you convenience and excellent service at a high-value cost, we believe we are the best option for your business.
We are the iPaaS company you’ve been looking for. To learn more about our packages, contact us and a representative can get you started.
Let our solutions be your solution!
Author – Carissa Getscher