Big forces in the marketplace – big data, the move to the cloud, the deconstruction of ERP systems, and the growing number of on-premises and cloud-based applications – are compelling many enterprises to rethink their integration strategies. One approach, Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), is gaining momentum. But don’t look for iPaaS to offer the best path to the future for all enterprises. Look to Liaison’s ALLOY Platform, the first Data Platform as a Service (dPaaS), instead. Here’s five reasons why:
- Integration as a fully managed service: iPaaS touts ‘easy’ self-service integrations that can be performed ad-hoc throughout the enterprise. But do you really want to be in the ‘Do it Yourself” integration business at a time of extreme data complexity and resource scarcity? We think not. dPaaS is the only cloud platform that handles integrations for you as a fully managed service. Let Liaison tinker with the plumbing, leveraging our $250M investment in our cloud platform so you can focus your resources on what matters most – gaining insights from your data.
- Inherent data security and compliance: The decentralized, ‘self-service’ approach of iPaaS ultimately increases your organization’s risk of exposure, making compliance with data security and privacy standards nearly impossible to guarantee. dPaaS ensures there are no cracks in the armor. With ALLOY, you inherit a platform that is fully certified against the most stringent compliance frameworks and Liaison maintains the compliance. You also benefit from unique microservices such as tokenization to meet or exceed security and compliance requirements throughout the data lifecycle.
- Unified integration and data management: Do your integration and data management functions still operate in silos? To get the most from your data, these functions must work seamlessly together, using the same varied data sources and APIs. Liaison’s dPaaS solution unifies integration and data management workflows onto a single platform so that you can solve more business problems than ever before with less overhead and thereby realizing new insights into your data.
- Data-centric integration: Integration today should be all about your data. So, instead of focusing purely on connecting one application to another and leaving the data “as is” when it reaches its destination, dPaaS takes a data-centric approach to integration that recognizes data’s value apart from the application. dPaaS persists all iterations of your data, along with lifecycle data, as it flows across the enterprise. This moves data about as necessary and persists it for future materialization in whatever format is required by your business.
- Scalability: Considering the proliferation of applications and data sources your enterprise must account for now and in the future, it’s easy to see why scalability, resiliency, and agility are top integration and data management priorities. dPaaS affords these advantages via a modern microservices architecture that employs small, independently deployable, modular services as application building blocks. With ALLOY, you can scale or modify specific application functions without having to rebuild an entire application. You achieve a truly future-proof platform.
By Rob Consoli, Liaison SVP Sales and Marketing