Businesses are under increasing pressure to integrate their systems in order to improve processes, enhance the experience for staff and customers, streamline the supply chain and future-proof their operations. But everyone knows this is costly, takes a long time to get right and involves hiring or outsourcing to teams with highly specialised technical knowledge.
On top of this, companies have to maintain the highest levels of security across all data exchanges at the same time as abiding by data protection legislation. With so many tools and services being used across an enterprise, trying to maintain security across all systems can be a huge challenge.
APIs have taken us some way towards simplifying the integration process but,in reality, they’re not effective enough on their own for enterprise-wide integration. Plus, APIs are constantly having to be developed to link new applications.
Integration in the cloud
The cloud or ‘as a service’ concept has completely revolutionised how technology is purchased and deployed within organisations. But integration – often the key to bringing digital transformation projects to fruition – is still perceived as something that needs to be done on premise, and is a process that is costly, both financially and from a resource perspective.
Now, Integration Capability as a Service (ICaaS) has emerged to speed up digital transformation and slash the time and costs involved with integration projects.
Copying behaviours
By using a pre-built, cloud-based integration platform, businesses can cut up to 90% of the prohibitive costs and time involved with integrating data sources and applications – massively reducing the reliance on specialist integration skills.
With an integration platform already in place, new integration services can be developed quickly via the deployment of configuration and transformation files.
ICaaS platforms are built on a foundation of patterns each fulfilling a specific integration behaviour – such as Assured Delivery, Request/Response, Distributed Assured Delivery and

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