About this Constellation ShortList™
The challenges and requirements around data and application integration are quickly changing. For starters, data increasingly lives and applications increasingly run outside of the four walls of the enterprise as companies embrace cloud-based computing and as they replace on- premises software with software as a service (SaaS).
Integration platform as a service (IPaaS) is a one-stop, cloud-based choice for supporting both data and application integration. IPaaS helps companies integrate SaaS applications with other SaaS applications, SaaS applications with on-premises applications and cloud- based data with on-premises data. It also supports data- monetization scenarios, whereby data and insight pipelines serve multiple destinations. With container- and API-based cloud architectures emerging to support all deployment modes, whether on-premises or in public clouds, IPaaS is becoming the most popular choice for all forms of integration and all deployment choices.
The selection of vendors in this list remains unchanged since the Q3 2019 update.
Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:
- An effective IPaaS is accessed and managed in the cloud and addresses both data-integration and application-integration scenarios.
- An IPaaS should support ease of use with drag-and-drop or point-and-click functionality. It should minimize manual coding and encourage repeatability and reuse through prebuilt connectors for popular data sources and data targets; ready-to-run parsing, filtering and data-transformation options; and prebuilt templates or connectors for integrating popular cloud-based and on-premises applications.
- An IPaaS should address the publication and management of APIs, essential in business-to-business and emerging Internet of Things (IoT) integration scenarios.
- Modern integration increasingly demands real-time (streaming) options as well as batch-oriented scenarios. Therefore, an IPaaS should address a range of latency requirements.
The Constellation ShortList™
Constellation evaluates more than 15 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research.
Frequency of Evaluation
Each Constellation ShortList will be updated at least once per year. There could be an update after six months, should the analyst deem it necessary.
Constellation clients can work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this Constellation ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.