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"Gartner predicts that cloud service and SaaS will grow from 182.4B in 2018 to $331.2B in 2022." This trend of new and better SaaS applications poses quite a challenge for businesses and their integration needs. The old legacy models with ESB systems (Enterprise Service Bus) cannot keep up with the demand for cloud applications and integrations. They are simply not designed to work with these applications. That's where iPaaS comes in. iPaaS works to fill in the gaps where the ESB system lacks. Learn the difference between the two systems.
ESB vs iPaaS.

ESB vs iPaaS: What's the difference?

Integration Platform as a Service versus Enterprise Service Bus solutions

More than 2.5 quintillion JSON and XML files are created every day. Companies are currently under enormous pressure to find the best and fastest path to digitize their business using APIs and cloud integration to gain digital success. Without a way to monitor, manage, and process this enormous amount of XML and JSON files, it's almost impossible to use and find value from this information. Enter API, iPaaS, and data management tools.

Only there's one problem. The sheer amount of different API and data management and integration solutions make it difficult to decide which applications and platforms are suited for your business. The iPaaS is built to provide companies with a no-code integration solution suitable for adjustable and real-time SaaS applications. This remains important for cloud-based integration solutions because of ease of use and the ability to change software with compromise. Yet, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), as well as iPaaS solutions, integrate complex IT systems and architecture. It holds together on-premise and legacy systems, but it's hard to change and manage your data.

iPaaS vs. ESB: four key differences
Modern companies rely on iPaaS and/or ESB integration solutions to control and manage their data. There are four things to keep in mind when knowing the differences between an ESB platform and an iPaaS integration solution: application integration, scalability, multi-tenancy, and data governance.

Application Integration
Enterprise Service Bus solutions are recognized for their strength to handle different complex tasks within on-premise- or legacy systems. But you can't count on ESBs to control and manage various applications and data when you want to be flexible or want to have a low-cost solution. They lack the flexibility to support cloud integration solutions without compromise and are not used without in-depth knowledge of the software. Alumio iPaaS is a no-code integration framework that is cost-interesting and moves between your source and target applications such as eCommerce, PIM, MDM, WMS, OMS, AI, and marketing automation software, using pre-built integration plug-ins. Your applications can both take in and push data out to flow from the source endpoints to the target endpoint.

Digital commerce is moving fast. Businesses must keep up with cloud-based applications, and integration solutions need to be flexible to meet modern SaaS applications fast demand for data. When it comes to usability, scalability, and flexibility, ESB and iPaaS vary in their capability to provide scalable solutions. An ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) can be counted on for vertical scaling within an existing architecture, which means that an ESB can expand existing compute resources such as power, capacity, or speed. iPaaS can do both. It can scale vertically but is even better in horizontal scaling, which usually means you can easily add new applications or change applications within the existing IT-landscape.

Single or multi-tenant integration environments
We recommend customers with a turnover 50MIO+ to choose for a single-tenancy integration solution. This contrasts with multi-tenancy, an architecture where a single instance of an integration solution serves multiple customers. In a multi-tenant architecture, each customer shares the same database and application. Alumio iPaaS is based on single-tenant hosting for customers with a higher turnover than 50MIO+ a year (on- and offline turnover)

Data governance
The ability to secure and govern data is another crucial difference between ESB and iPaaS. Alumio iPaaS is quipped with a more effective governance capability than an ESB, including mechanisms and a dashboard to measure data quality, data profiling, and metadata management. Alumio iPaaS provides all of those and is GDPR compliant.
ESB solutions often include data governance features. However, compared to iPaaS integration solution capabilities, ESBs lack features, and more robust data governance capabilities are found in iPaaS solutions. This is because iPaaS solutions are designed to integrate data from various systems while accounting for schema and other data modeling considerations. As a result, Alumio iPaaS data governance features are more comprehensive than those of ESB.

"Alumio iPaaS: an integration platform ready for future growth."

We recommend iPaaS when you want to add new cloud-based software such as eCommerce, marketing automation, AI, machine learning, PIM, WMS, DMP, MDP, etcetera. Alumio's integration solution offers a no-code interface so that you can build integrations yourself. The pre-built integration templates help you kickstart the project.

Seamlessly and effortlessly integrate via user interface

360° logging and monitoring features

Symfony and Elastic Stack backbone

GDPR ready

Alumio iPaaS

Fast, Secure and Easy to Use

No-code integrations Create the majority of the no-code integrations via the user-friendly interface and avoid reinventing the wheel.

Connect legacy software Possibility to connect to Oracle, IBM, REST, and SOAP.

Customizations Work with known Symfony technology to tackle potential edge cases

Junior developers can create the majority of the integrations using visual tooling and do all of the support to resolve problems.

How can Alumio iPaaS help your business?

Without Alumio iPaaS

Creating an entangled IT landscape

Data silos
A lot of custom-code or third-party connections result in data silos.

Lack of visibility
Custom solutions have different levels of ability to monitor, resulting in notification problems when issues occur.

Negative business impact
Problems are not being notified and are troublesome to resolve, resulting in lost orders and disappointed customers which are detrimental to businesses.

Not secure and compliant
Complex integrations are neither conducive to being compliant with privacy regulations nor to establishing a secure IT ecosystem.

Stretched timelines
In this complex combination of integrations, it is not possible to add and connect new software to existing software without having a long and expensive IT project.

With Alumio iPaaS

Normalized entities of data

Scalable and interchangeable
Fast and seamless connectivity to apps, databases with simplified data exchange.

Happy customers
Always on top of problems with Alumio's monitoring and notifications cockpit.

Save time for senior developers
You can create 90% of the integrations without the help of senior developers. Meaning they can focus on architecture and custom-coding.

Customizable interfaces without compromise
Front office and back office success rely on reliable integrations.

Easily connect legacy software
Connect to older, legacy software without headaches.

Alumio's Core

Agency integration toolkit

Integrations are complex, don't reinvent the wheel

Alumio's Agency Edition is a single-tenant hosted solution and can be used as iPaaS for:

  • All of your integrations
  • Multiple customers
  • No limitations on endpoints, data routes, etc.

Customers profit from faster development as existing integration templates can be used. Integrations will have automatic logging as well as 360 monitoring features, so customers will get notifications when problems occur.

Web services

With an extensive set of web services support, Alumio integrates with thousands of systems. It's capabilities offers out-of-the-box integration, mapping and transformation tools together with a powerful software development kit (SDK). Built, maintain and grow your IT landscape without the cost of an Enterprise Service Bus.

Whether it's connecting via REST, JSON, XML, SOAP, Databases, FTP and so on, Alumio platform gives you the services you need to connect your systems.

Built for scalability

Imagine a single tenant, cost friendly cloud solution from which you can quickly start integrating systems, including the ability to let you scale horizontally and roll out your integrations on a global scale. Alumio offers these capabilities, eliminating any potential pitfalls in your ambitions to grow.

Troubleshoot and manage deployments easily

Monitor all data streams using a single interface to uncover hidden dependencies and decrease time to resolution.

"Alumio iPaaS gave us the ability scale our business and help us reach our high ambitions. We’re now ready for the future."- Obelink

Why Alumio?

A summary of reasons and benefits

Future-proofing scalable infrastructure and software interchangeability.

Fast integration reduce "time-to-market" and connect new software and data sources easily.

High performance service 360° monitoring and no custom tailored code.

Security and compliance integrations and data exchange in accordance with privacy regulations (e.g. GDPR)

Kickstart the project

Win more deals by pre-built templates

By using the integration templates of Alumio, it is possible to easily connect any ERP. Enter the Microsoft and SAP domain by using Alumio's native connectors, helping clients with digitalizing more rapidly.

  • Quick time to market
  • Create and use connector templates
  • Win more deals

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