IPaaS Pros and Cons

Understand the different options for your custom integrations

iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) is a cloud-based platform that connects applications, systems, and technologies for integration purposes. There are different types of iPaaS solutions. ManoByte leverages the Tray.IO platform, which is not a low-code / no-code solution. While Tray.IO does provide some low-code / no-code capabilities, it is also a true Middleware Integration solution that gives our developers the ability to create custom code integrations as long as the software being integrated can provide access to their endpoints.  Tray.IO gives us the ability to connect cloud-based and on-premise-based software solutions. 

Middleware Integration  vs. Direct API Integration Pros

There are several advantages to using an IPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) solution, including:

  1. Faster integration: IPaaS solutions offer pre-built connectors and templates that can simplify the integration process, reducing the time and resources required to connect systems and applications.

  2. Scalability: IPaaS solutions can scale to accommodate changing business needs without the need for additional hardware or infrastructure investments.

  3. Reduced maintenance: IPaaS solutions typically handle much of the maintenance and updates required for integrations, reducing the burden on IT staff and freeing them up to focus on other projects.

  4. Greater flexibility: IPaaS solutions can support a wide range of integration scenarios, from simple data transfers to complex workflows and orchestrations.

  5. Access to advanced features: Many IPaaS solutions offer advanced features such as real-time data processing, data mapping and transformation, and data quality management, which can improve the accuracy and reliability of integrations.

  6. Lower costs: IPaaS solutions can be a cost-effective way to integrate systems, as they eliminate the need for on-premises hardware and infrastructure and can reduce the cost of manual integration processes.

  7. Improved agility: With an IPaaS solution, organizations can quickly and easily respond to changing business needs, adding new integrations or modifying existing ones as required.

Overall, IPaaS solutions offer a range of benefits that can help organizations achieve faster, more efficient, and more reliable integrations between systems and applications. However, it's important to evaluate the specific needs of your organization and the features and capabilities of different IPaaS solutions before selecting one.

  1. Tray Middleware handles all ongoing maintenance in regard to API changes (which will either require your dev team's time & resources to maintain or Manobyte, which will result in more long-term billable hours for CC CU.
  2. As your integration roadmap grows, the Tray platform will allow for quick scalability and will live all under one connected system.
  3. Tray is designed to be as robust as you need. Is it not a point-to-point integration system but built for the entire end-to-end integration business process? 
  4. Universal Connectors (HTTP Client Requests) allow us to make calls to any 3rd party API endpoints & build out custom endpoints that may not currently exist. 

Middleware Integration  vs. Direct API Integration Cons

  1. Limited customization: IPaaS solutions typically offer pre-built integrations and workflows, which can be restrictive if you have unique requirements or workflows that don't fit the available templates.
  2. Dependence on third-party providers: IPaaS solutions rely on third-party providers for their underlying infrastructure, which can introduce additional risks and dependencies on those providers' security, reliability, and availability.
  3. Limited control: With an IPaaS solution, you may have limited control over the underlying technology stack, which can limit your ability to customize or optimize the solution for your specific needs.

  4. Security concerns: As with any cloud-based service, there are potential security risks associated with using an IPaaS solution, such as data breaches or unauthorized access to your integrations.

  5. Cost: While IPaaS solutions can be a cost-effective way to integrate your systems, the costs can add up if you need to purchase additional connectors or if you require more complex integration workflows.

  6. Performance: IPaaS solutions rely on internet connectivity, which can introduce latency and impact performance. Additionally, some IPaaS solutions may have limitations in terms of the volume of data that can be processed or the frequency of updates.

Manobyte Middleware Instance vs. Client-Owned Middleware Instance: 

A client-owned instance of Tray.IO would require that the customer purchase their Tray own instance of Tray.IO and then grant permissions to the ManoByte Development Team. The cost of purchasing Tray.IO is significant annual reoccurring cost that typically starts around $25,000 in addition to additional onboarding, setup, and required advisory hours fees. 

Leveraging the ManoByte-owned instance of Tray.IO give you the exact same software with the exact same security and functionality are a fraction of the cost. 

Because ManoByte already has Tray.IO provisioned and configured, it will take less to get your integration up and running as compared to the time to get a client-owned instance set up and configured.