Keeping to VL’s ‘Ask The Expert’ theme for this month, this blog article is going to focus on a concept that deserves more time in the limelight: Integration As A Service, which falls under the umbrella of software as a service (SaaS).
Building on our past blog posts, integration as a service goes to show that there are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing the right integration solution for your business.
To learn more about other integration options for your business, check out these blog posts:
- What Is Integration?
- How Does Integration Work?
- 5 Myths About DIY Integration
- Frequently Asked Questions About Integration: Part 1 & Part 2
- How Not To Integrate
Software as a service, or SaaS as it’s more commonly known these days, has revolutionized the way software is bought, consumed, and used. It also instills a sense of collaboration across space and time, and as VL put it in a past blog post, SaaS is perhaps uniquely Canadian in some ways too.
Integration as a service provides all the benefits of being a SaaS model of distribution and consumption, and it is a popular option for many of VL’s customers who are looking to outsource their any-to-any data translations and data movement.
Why would you perhaps choose integration as a service for your business’ integration needs? Here are a few benefits:
- Integration as a service allows for remote and portable delivery of the integration solution, as it is offered as an internet-based service.
- Integration as a service typically costs less than a licensed, on-premise middleware application.
- Many SaaS and integration as a service solutions are offered with monthly subscription fees. Clients only pay for what they need and use, and not any superfluous add-ons and bells and gizmos.
- Integration as a service removes the need to purchase additional hardware or software to run the application because its all included int he subscription price.
- Integration as a service negates things like installation, set-up, maintenance, and updates.
- With integration as a service, all data produced by the service is stored securely off-site and is synchronized between applications seamlessly.
VL’s integration as a service offering is particularly unique. Detailed in the video below, some benefits of VL’s integration as a service platform include:
- Integration as a service is completely scalable, just like all of VL’s custom designed integration solutions.
- VL’s integration as a service is transportable to an on-site solution should a business want the solution on premises in the future.
- VL’s integration as a service solution is designed for integrating data from a variety of sources.
- Multiple communications protocols are supported by VL’s integration as a service platform; for example, AS2, FTP, S/FTP and web services.
- VL’s integration as a service is custom designed to meet your company’s data translation needs. ‘Any-to-any’ really means just that, and can include XML, JSON, CSV, CSV, PDF, spreadsheets, API connectivity and more.
Overall, VL’s integration as a service offering allows businesses to leverage a very powerful solution with all the benefits of it being a SaaS product!
VL offers both Cloud API Integration and EDI Integration as a part of our integration as a service offering. You can learn more about these offerings from the links provided, but it’s always best to speak with VL personally so we can understand your company’s needs, goals, and business case so we can help you determine the best integration solution.
If you’re interested in learning more about VL’s integration as a service offering, or would like to discover more about the services and benefits VL can provide your business through integration, we highly encourage you to book your no-pressure discovery consultation, or by calling us!
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