Integration Software: Buy vs Build Decision

In today’s digital age, businesses use numerous applications to manage billing, marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), and analysis systems to streamline business processes and run and manage their business efficiently. Today’s IT environment, cloud software, legacy systems, databases, etc. Technologies do not communicate with each other locally. Connecting different applications and services is critical for companies to maintain data integrity in their business. The faster an organization integrates the link between all its applications and services, the faster it can optimize and improve its business processes. This is why more and more companies are turning to application and data integration.

For businesses that understand the importance of data integration, the task of building an integration solution creates the puzzle of “building an integration solution” or “purchasing an integration solution from an organization” for many businesses.

Should it buy or build your integrations? How should you decide?

The decision to build or purchase the integration differs from company to company. Before making this decision, you should decide which option is best for you by considering the following questions.

  • Does the integration require additional resources for setting up, commissioning and maintenance?
  • Do different teams need special permissions and user authentication to access?
  • Does the integration come with self-service capabilities or does it require extensive technical training?
  • Does integration cause changes in existing infrastructure and processes?
  • What is the most important source code or end customer solution?
  • Are my client’s integration needs relatively stable or do I need agility?

What are the benefits and disadvantages of building an integration?

Building your own integration offers full control from infrastructure to coding. Integration and integration costs are fully borne by the organization, designed, operated, maintained and monitored in-house. The developer can combine custom code and open source libraries to create point-to-point integrations between multiple applications.

Benefits of building an integration service:

For companies, setting up their own integration system means owning 100% of the code. Having the full code gives businesses the ability to quickly create connections. Customization integrations provide flexibility to meet specific business and technical needs. With it, you have a delicate solution for direct customers.

Disadvantages of building an integration service:

The disadvantage of building their own integration system for companies is that the ability to troubleshoot and manage integration between systems becomes increasingly difficult when new integrations are required. As the number of integrations increases, the point-to-point infrastructure complexity increases and often managing the process becomes too complicated. This means that integrations are fragile and the cost of human resources to resources and the cost of maintaining integrations is high. It prevents flexibility and scalability when business requirements change, leading to a loss of business agility. Many businesses have difficulty in creating and managing these integrations, as they do not have the core competence to build integrations.

What are the benefits and disadvantages of buying an integration service?

Buying an integration platform or iPaaS comes with the advantage of speed and agility. The integration platform allows teams to design custom integrations by offering a variety of pre-built connectors and easy-to-use graphic design tools. The maintenance, security and scalability of the solution are handled by the service provider.

Benefits of buying an integration service:

The advantage of purchasing an integration service is that it is highly scalable and agile without disrupting the user interface. To integrate SaaS applications and services without creating a complex system, it is an ideal solution to have a single platform that can implement multiple integration use cases. To purchase or subscribe to an integration solution is cost-effective, scalable, and easy to implement and manage. Since the maintenance, security and scalability of the solution are provided by the service provider, it allows both to stay up-to-date and to save time.

Disadvantages of buying an integration service:

The disadvantage of purchasing an integration service is that you don’t necessarily address your customer’s integration needs “at the point of need”. The burden of solving any complexity is on the customer.

The IPaaS solution tends to be both agile and scalable. It also solves the customer’s need at the point of need. For this reason, the IPaaS solution minimizes the disadvantages to be experienced.

What is iPaaS?

Integration as a service platform (IPaaS) is a data integration service that provides infrastructure and tools to integrate many application services in-house. It facilitates information sharing and can help you gain additional value through workflows by automating business processes. Thanks to IPaaS, it allows you to view and manage services and data in different environments through a single interface without the need to install any additional software.

Since IPaaS is cloud-based software, it is easy to implement, manage and scale. You can provide the following advantages by using IPaaS.

  • Linking multiple applications in different environments in less time
  • Automate repetitive tasks
  • Integrating, storing and transforming different types of data
  • Break down data silos
  • Improving collaboration between teams and applications
  • Can be used with a simple interface without the need for code knowledge
  • Reduce integration costs

(For more information about IpaaS, you can read our article: What’s iPaaS? )

Ayran is an iPaaS solution developed by MDP Group. It provides an integration platform for connecting APIs, on-premises, and cloud applications.