What if the pandemic happened in 1993 instead of today? I think about this a lot. In 1993, the world wide web was an exciting new concept, but not anywhere near a household staple. There’s simply no way such a huge portion of our population would have had the luxury of transitioning to remote work at that time. In that sense, we are extremely fortunate this global crisis happened when it did.
Another positive thing to come out of this was corporate America’s realization that people can thrive working remotely. And with literally millions of applications available to streamline that work, it’s no wonder experts are predicting this shift will become our new normal.
There is one hiccup though – while applications are supplementing in-person collaboration, the remote-work swing is creating another business challenge. Many apps are built as “suites” that make up an entire ecosystem of seamlessly collaborative tools. But, compatibility issues arise when you try to combine tools meant to work together with other mission-critical business apps. Without a native connection, businesses are forced to Band-Aid the issue with workarounds that create data silos, tack on costs, and shudder productivity. This is where iPaaS comes onto the scene.
iPaaS for the Win
An iPaaS solution is like a converter plug for unrelated systems. It simplifies integration with cost-effective, scalable, and dynamic connections between different environments. Integrations can be deployed among cloud, on-premises, or hybrid applications without middleware or hardware, and are automatically scaled to meet your specific use cases.
iPaaS integration solves for X by constructing a remote work environment that mimics an office network: completely connected and synchronized data, secure and accessible to all via one comprehensive ecosystem.
Using iPaaS to Support Remote Work
So, if iPaaS creates a unified network for employees to access data, how does that benefit the overall remote-work environment? Here are 5 ways iPaaS supports remote work:
1. Streamlined Workflows –
Without iPaaS integration, teams are manually pulling data from one incompatible system into another, adding to their tasks and wasting their time. iPaaS automates workflows and moves data between applications to coordinate actions and remove barriers to productivity. In this way, remote teams can work faster, and with less frustration.
2. Secured Environment –
One of the toughest challenges of remote work is data security. In an office, security is managed by the network and supported by the IT team. In home environments, it all depends on what kind of protocols each user has set up. iPaaS integration secures data in a reliable and accessible way, so users can access the information they need without compromising themselves or the company.
3. Connections Across Platforms –
Companies with certain governance requirements, like those handling medical data, are often required to keep much of that sensitive information on-premises. When teams are in an office, they can access that information easily. For remote work though, this becomes a major obstacle. iPaaS is dynamic and supports integrations between on-premises and cloud applications, so remote workers can still leverage on-premises data no matter where they are.
4. Lower Overhead –
Instead of piece mailing an expensive and unwieldly workaround, an iPaaS integration creates a scalable, cost-effective alternative that supports remote work long-term.
5. Unlimited Potential –
As organizations grow and add new applications, iPaaS integration allows them to seamlessly hook these differentiating solutions into their current workflows so remote teams can start benefitting right away. Silos are eliminated, analytics are boosted, and the potential to add-on to the stack is open.
Remote work is our present, and in all likelihood, our future. Translating our interactions to successfully support remote work won’t happen overnight, but flexible platforms like iPaaS can make it less painful. StarfishETL is an iPaaS integration solution with more than 200 connections to popular business applications. If you’re ready to connect your remote teams with iPaaS but aren’t sure where to begin, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.