iPaaS: what this cloud technology is and why it’s important
"GameStop operates more than 4,000 stores in the US and another 2,000 abroad. Between paying monthly rent, managing leases and searching for new properties, there's a lot to keep track of for the company's commercial real estate team.
A few years ago GameStop began using a real estate management Software as a Service (SaaS), but vice president of enterprise architecture Mark Patton says there was a problem. The software needed data from many of GameStop’s other business apps: ERP systems, financial platforms, etc.
‘We needed a way to glue these things together,’ he says. ‘You need to be able to get data into and out of apps quickly.’
Traditionally, the answer to this problem has been to use integration software on premises. In recent years a market has emerged in the cloud called integration Platform as a Service, or iPaaS, which offers a hosted integration platform that can be a central cloud for connecting many apps and cloud services together. Gartner estimates it could be a $1 billion industry in a few years.”
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