Earlier this year, Liaison introduced its brand new cloud integration platform ALLOY™ and, along with it, a brand new as a Service category called dPaaS (Data Platform as a Service). The dPaaS category, defined as a multi-tenant cloud platform that provides unified and tailored integration and data management solutions, was born out of necessity as no integration solution category existed that adequately conveyed the unique properties of the Liaison ALLOY Platform.
If it wouldn’t have been too much of a departure from the
as a Service
naming convention we’ve all grown accustomed to, we could have categorized our unique new offering as dPaaMS to call attention to one of the most important tenets of dPaaS: integration delivered as managed services.
So what is integration as managed services exactly?
It’s an integration approach in which the integration solution provider assumes all the integration related functions between systems, businesses, and applications on behalf of an enterprise. Functions that, in and of themselves, provide no strategic business value, yet require considerable IT overhead to develop and maintain. The integration provider’s platform then becomes the central hub that connects on-premises applications, cloud solutions, external trading partners, or all of the above.
And why is a managed services approach key to your integration strategy? Next are five really good reasons. (We’ve also wrapped these five reasons into a fun PDF that can be downloaded here).