<p>Integration Platform as a Service: Moving
Integration to the Cloud
Gartner RAS Core Research Note G00210747, Massimo Pezzini, Benoit J. Lheureux, 7 March 2011
Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is a suite of cloud
services aimed at addressing a wide range of cloud, B2B, and
on-premises integration and governance scenarios.
This research provides user organizations’ CIOs, CTOs, enterprise technology architects,
integration competency center/service-oriented architecture (SOA) center-of-excellence (COE)
managers, B2B integration managers and project leaders, as well as IT providers’ planners,
with an analysis of the evolution, adoption trends and industry impact of this innovative
• An iPaaS consolidates multiple cloud services in a suite aimed at the integration and
governance of any combination of on-premises and off-premises applications, SOA
and cloud services, processes, and data, within or across organizations. An iPaaS
complements the application-development- and hosting-oriented application platform as a
• An iPaaS is an evolution of integration as a service, which has been widely adopted for
e-commerce B2B and cloud services integration.
• Midsize enterprises will endorse iPaaS first. Large organizations will prevailingly look at
iPaaS as complementary to traditional application infrastructures.
• Many iPaaS offerings will also be available in the form of products (cloud-enabled
integration platforms [CEIP]) to be deployed in private clouds or to implement new iPaaS
• Users should initially consider iPaaS primarily to support integration and governance in
e-commerce B2B scenarios, or where at least some of the involved applications are
cloud-based. These are the most-proven use cases for iPaaS.
• However, users should also plan for a major revision of their integration and governance
strategies, as iPaaS offerings evolve into end-to-end alternatives to traditional platforms.
• Users must plan for a long-t