The Different Types of Middleware Integration Solutions

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August 3, 2021

For companies with their sights set on digital technology, a middleware solution could be the smartest way to go because it makes organizing your integrations and creating a future-proof IT landscape easier. However, to have the right software in place, you need to ensure that you have the right tool to do the job. You need to determine exactly which type of integration solution best suits your needs. The three types of integration middleware solutions can include essential integration software. Take a look down below to learn more about each one.

Traditional ESB solutions

Enterprise Service Bus solutions are on-premises software architecture models that typically utilize common technology that existed before Cloud technology became the new standard. Because ESB solutions rely heavily on on-premises footprints, older messaging, and aging document standards, they’re commonly seen in enterprise businesses with dedicated IT teams for managing integrations via the ESB solution.

SaaS integration solutions

The SaaS integration solution was designed for business users who wanted simple integrations between the systems they already use. For example, SaaS integration solutions provide a highly abstracted view of the underlying APIs that typically enable users to configure their integrations, which means that you won’t require any specialized skills to run them.
From there, users can use the data entities already available in systems and build their integrations with ease. All of this can be done through the user-friendly interfaces that make these solutions simple and easy to use.

iPaaS integration solutions

As the new standard in the market, iPaaS integration solutions are a brand-new class of solutions that have only begun to pop up within the last 3-5 years. The iPaaS integration solution is similar to a SaaS integration solution, but it’s placed into a private Cloud environment for each customer to access independently. From there, customers can make customizations on an individualized basis without limitations.
These solutions are specifically designed to eliminate the common problems that often result from a proliferation of point-to-point integrations by providing centralized integration management. They abstract APIs and enable the configuration of connections from apps to the iPaaS system. From there, the user experience can vary widely depending upon the individual needs of each organization. For instance, these solutions can be scaled for large enterprises, making them better suited for IT use. Or they can be tailored into pre-built integrations designed to help organizations get started quickly and build custom integrations that suit their needs. For instance, Alumio and Workato are ideal examples of iPaaS solutions. Alumio has placed a large focus on the world of digital e-commerce due to the available templates for related software solutions.

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