One example of application integration is an e-commerce use case where the front-end business processes (client interactions, online sales) must integrate with back-end processes like inventory management and fulfillment. The company relies on application integration to automate these workflows, ensuring data from each interaction flows seamlessly across all applications.
Process integration is the sharing of events, data, and transactions between business processes that span multiple applications across different departments in an organization –typically in real time. It is also used to extend processes beyond an organization to a customer or a partner.
In many cases, events or transactions are used to trigger a process, such as a sales transaction triggering the process to set up an account in a billing system.
API management is the process of distributing and controlling APIs that connect applications and data. It allows organizations to publish, supervise, and secure API activity to support developers and applications. The process enforces usage policy, controls access, monitors performance, publishes documentation, and monetizes access.
Companies use API management to democratize secure access to data and services. Businesses can share digital assets and processes, and developer communities can access assets with ease via new channels, devices, and user interfaces.
IPaaS is a managed service in the cloud that supports application integration for cloud-to-cloud, hybrid, and on-premise-to-on-premise scenarios. The process helps businesses deliver digital solutions faster, accelerating time to market. It reduces dependencies on IT, enhances developer productivity, and provides a unified customer experience.