HIP vs iPaaS – The Similarities, the Differences, and the Opportunities

In 2022, traditional approaches to integration simply cannot keep up. This makes it critical that integration teams have access to a mix of tools that enable them to amalgamate how they used to do things with more modern integration strategies.

Both Hybrid Integration Platforms (HIPs) and Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) approaches are extremely popular because they reduce the collective costs related to developing, testing, maintaining and using application and data interfaces by making integration easier and more effective.

While the two are quite similar in many areas, they are also vastly different. In order to understand these differences, it is important to define each.  

What Is an IPaaS?

IPaaS integrates software applications across a range of environments. This can be useful in large businesses that use a mix of public and private clouds, as well as on-premises data. Zapier is an example of an iPaaS solution used to connect applications, data, and devices, both on-premises and in the cloud. IPaaS solutions are good at moving small transactional loads of data, however, they lack several key features that make them an all-in-one data transformation tool.  

What is a HIP?

HIPs, on the other hand, are designed to overcome the integration challenges that have arisen because of big data transformation projects. These integration and governance capabilities can be applied to both on-premises and cloud-based data. A major advantage of HIPs is that they support a wide range of integration use cases. Synatic’s data integration capabilities allow users to combine data from different sources into a single, unified view. Integration begins with the ingestion process, and includes steps such as cleansing, ETL, mapping, transformation and, warehousing of data. Synatic allows users to accomplish all of that using an all-in-one HIP.

The shortcomings of iPaaS

Today, many companies have to deal with complex data challenges that iPaaS simply cannot handle because it does not offer a wide enough range of data transformation capabilities. In addition, iPaaS solutions often only perform system-to-system integration that restricts integration flexibility, whereas a HIP orchestrates multiple sources and destinations of data, allowing businesses to build dynamic integrations. This means thatbusinesses that choose to use IPaaS solutions will have to invest in different platforms to perform the data transformation tasks they need.  This can be a costly exercise and it can cause huge problems for audit committees and CEOs who are watching their budgets and looking for ways to increase the business’ profitability.

Another potential hurdle that businesses experience when using iPaaS is the lengthy time that it takes to complete an integration. All too often iPaaS users hold on to the idea that integration has to be a huge project. In this scenario, IT teams set long timeframes and place-specific software integrations as milestones, but these are inevitably moved further and further down the timeline because the integration takes longer than expected. These drawn-out project schedules commonly result in wasted time and resources that could have been better invested in improving other aspects of the business.

The business case for HIP

A HIP revolutionizes your data strategies by providing the ability to stay relevant, and act quickly and deliberately. When using a HIP, businesses can confidently connect systems and build integrations that lay the foundation for them to start automating their data. This improves collaboration. Fast deployment times enable your IT teams to fast-track innovation. This means that HIP provides faster time to value and maximum return on investment. A HIP turns huge integration projects that would traditionally take months to complete into more manageable, smaller initiatives that take days or a few hours to complete. This all-in-one solution also eliminates the need to invest in multiple platforms to build integrations.

Synatic is a Hybrid Integration Platform that combines several key features that make the platform the best choice for your  ETL, Integration, API Management, or Warehousing needs. With Synatic’s HIP, companies across a range of industries gain the ability to access a comprehensive range of data management tools. These tools empower businesses to improve decision-making, make their business and IT processes more efficient, and deliver centralized visibility. Just ask Shosha, a New Zealand -based retail group that produces various smoking-related products. Shosha leveraged a HIP to improve their warehouse management so that they could rapidly fulfill online orders. Using Synatic’s HIP, Shosha saved more than 200 person-hours per month that would have otherwise been spent manually transferring and reconciling data between multiple systems.

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Andile Khumalo
June 30, 2022
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