In an increasingly competitive world today, businesses require various software and data resources to operate their enterprise. To handle these streams of data, businesses utilize a series of specialized tools packaged in a cloud-based application as a service (IaaS) called an integration platform. IaaS provides a platform for integration of these various tools with the common server technologies like Microsoft IIS and Microsoft ASP. It also includes a web-based administration tool and a web-based user interface for controlling and managing integration resources.
Provide businesses the ease of access of information and applications
There are four main categories of IT solutions for enterprise data integration. The primary goal of Clarity Connect systems is to provide businesses the ease of access to the most up-to-date information and applications that are stored on the servers of the Integration Platform providers. To get this, users must first become aware of the capabilities offered by such systems. These include application and data integration with legacy architectures, databases, and web application integration services. The first two categories are provided by the different vendors in the market. The third category is the customizable options being offered by the different vendors and it is the area being explored the most.
Web-application integration services
The common use of an Integration Platform consists of web-application integration services, which provide web pages to a user’s website for easy access and usage of applications. These can be in the form of e-commerce-web integration. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software also offers web-application application integration solutions with the same objectives as the above mentioned. Integration Platform is one of the key features of ERP software, which helps in the integration of legacy architectures with the rest of the application suites. Integration Platforms come with many benefits, including better integration with other components of the ERP system such as SCM, CRM, SCR, MRP, and PLC, etc. The integration processes take place smoothly and effortlessly as they take care of the complex steps involved in the entire integration process.
Integration Platforms offer the following benefits:
It helps in the easy deployment of the business applications across different devices. Integration Platforms help in the easy deployment of the business applications across different devices. For example, MRP applications can be easily hosted on a web server using the integration platform and can be accessed from any device. – Integration Platforms are platform-independent and can be used with any ERP, regardless of its format or architecture.
Manual and Automatic
Integration Platforms provide two ways of deploying the solutions: manual and automatic. Manual deployment is done by an in-house team and is not flexible as many changes can be made within the life cycle of the solution. On the other hand, automatic deployment means that all the changes are done on the integration platform after it has been tested on real data sources. Since the test data sources are real data sources, there is little scope for manual modifications. Integration Platforms can be tailored to meet the requirements of a company according to the type of solutions it provides.
Easier to implement various apps efficiently
Business enterprises are now moving towards cloud computing because it is easier to implement various apps efficiently. With cloud computing, a business application is launched in a matter of minutes and can be deployed to any location. It makes use of real-time data and is capable of providing information in different formats like text, images, etc. A real-time data integration platform can be integrated with ERP, MRP, and CRM systems. Cloud computing can deliver enterprise-wide data and enable business enterprises to make better business decisions. Integration Platforms are emerging with increasing frequency nowadays and can be broadly classified into three categories: – Client-Server, Mobile Enterprise Integration Platform, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Mobile Enterprise Integration Platforms are designed to support the short-term requirements of a company and they work efficiently. Integration platforms are cost-effective and can be implemented within a short period.