Many people often think that organizations either require an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) or a full API management solution to resolve their integration issues. However, iPaaS and a complete lifecycle API management aren’t interchangeable options. As a matter of fact, iPaaS and API management are both needed to manage the full range of integration needs for enterprise systems.
Maybe you’re wondering why you need two different solution packages to solve one issue. Perhaps you think your budget won’t cover the cost of two separate solutions. Today we’ll look at the special functions of an iPaaS solution and a full lifecycle API management solution. You will also discover how both are important integration components for contemporary enterprises and how you can get two solutions in a single platform.
What is iPaaS?
With time, new technologies have discovered new software architectures; iPaaS arose as IT infrastructures began employing on-demand cloud services. Before iPaaS there was Software as a Service (SaaS), which gave way to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and ultimately Platform as a Service (PaaS). Each of these platforms has its own features and advantages. Moreover, as enterprise technology stacks grew, there was a need for an integration platform as a service.
It is a platform for making and deploying integrations within the cloud as well as between the cloud and the enterprise. Enterprise iPaaS solutions are the next generation of cloud applications that allow connectivity with other cloud-based software, on-premises, SaaS, and legacy applications. iPaaS also enables users to develop and deploy integration flows between these systems without installing any middleware.
What Is Full Lifecycle API Management?
APIs are a means of integrating enterprise systems and are sometimes the medium that enables iPaaS solutions. API management refers to the process of administration and management APIs throughout their full lifecycle — including designing, publishing, documenting, and analyzing them.
Solutions that manage the full API lifecycle offer a means of creating and deploying the API and the capability to govern, secure, and manage them. API management solutions enable visibility into APIs across the organization and ensure each API is secured properly, as well as handling and troubleshooting errors. Furthermore, these solutions provide a way for APIs to be more across the organization to be reused for other projects.
API management solutions offer several features like API design studios or API analytics. They can serve as an API gateway, and even as API stores.
The Relationship Between APIs and iPaaS
An iPaaS allows you to exchange data among different systems and increase connectivity across an enterprise so your business users have access to data. It enables data to flow between on-premises and SaaS applications, data warehouses, IoT devices, and other endpoints in your technology stack.
APIs support this process. When automating backend systems workflows between, for instance, your enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems like Salesforce, a modern iPaaS enables enterprise automation by using integration patterns and/or workflows to expose the APIs of each data source by using intelligent connectors. In short, the iPaaS’s API integration platform allows you to create APIs and perform API integration.
But creating API and managing API are two different things. If you don’t manage the APIs you create, you are exposed to the risk of data breaches, business process disruptions, and operations. More importantly, you won’t be able to capitalize on the revenue streams of your APIs.
Why Organizations Need Both iPaaS and Full Lifecycle API Management
Organizations need connectivity, but with all the systems, applications, and devices they have, integration tends to be pretty complicated
iPaaS and API management both have different beginnings. iPaaS comes from the cloud-oriented needs and API management from developer-focused needs to unlock and reuse the APIs for different endpoints. But now, organizations need both the unique cloud-based integrations that come with iPaaS solutions and the governing ability of an overall lifecycle API management system.
Creating or deploying an API isn’t enough; enterprise iPaaS and full API lifecycle management are both needed to complement each other.
MuleSoft is the leading solution that delivers a single platform to manage the full end-to-end integration and API lifecycle, from design through management. MuleSoft is frequently recognized for its quick-moving go-to-market strategy, innovative environment, and versatile offerings. Because of the Full Lifecycle API Management Magic Quadrant, MuleSoft is effective enough to cover all bases of your integration and connectivity needs.
Businesses across all industries have to unlock data quickly to increase their speed, agility, and efficiency. MuleSoft’s AnyPoint Platform™ makes it easy to connect data from any system and deliver critical, time-sensitive projects. Organizations can hit the ground running and realize immediate value, all in a future-proof way that turns data and processes into composable building blocks. The good news is that there is one product to handle both solutions that any enterprise needs to face the future properly.