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Understand integration platform as a service before buying in

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The last integration story on this list was a deep dive into integration platform as a service (iPaas). This emerging technology can be incredibly useful to organizations under the right circumstances. But before adopting iPaaS, IT managers must decide if it is right for their organization. IPaaS works best with smaller systems, so companies with a more complicated setup might want to stay away for now.

IT managers should also make a thorough decision when selecting an iPaaS provider because they don't want to have to go through the process again if they are unhappy with their initial choice. After a provider is chosen, managers should map out their next steps. Overall, it is imperative that customers understand what their iPaaS system does, and how to maximize productivity with it.

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Did your company jump headfirst into iPaaS or research it first?
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If my company had the notion that if we'd wait for too long before venturing into iPaaS, we'd be left behind, then it'd be the worst decision the company could have ever made. Normally, getting their first isn't what matters but the spirit to endure and overcome challenges. For this reason, the company had to research thoroughly before making a decision regarding whether iPaaS was right for our business' cloud adaptation plans and core objectives.
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