<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