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Best of Breed IT strategy

Best of breed – The IT approach where you configure the best possible setup for your technology stack. Implementing different applications, systems, and software solutions from various providers. It’s IT cherry-picking in the best sense of the word. But it comes with it’s own set of challenges, mainly around integration and interoperability. At the end of the day, more options is better than one, and best of breed gives you precisely that.

Implement a ‘best of breed’ strategy with an iPaaS solution

The time of monolithic applications are disappearing in the rearview mirror. Organizations want to be flexible and handpick the best solutions. Without compromise. And of course: interoperable. This is what’s called a ‘best of breed’ strategy. You choose a set of applications that are all fit for purpose; they excel in achieving the business requirements. But the only way to truly achieve a best of breed technology stack is by making use of an integration-Platform-as-a-Service and there are two roads that lead towards an iPaaS solution:

From Monolithic to Best of Breed

You have a monolithic application that runs 90% of your processes and it’s in need of updating. Instead of replacing the application you decide to implement multiple specific (cloud-based and local) applications. They will have to be migrated in phases to create your total application landscape. This is where an iPaaS solution provides the way forward.

Replacement of applications

You have multiple different applications that are integrated with point-to-point connections. There comes a time where you have to replace or implement one or more new (cloud-based) software applications. The risk here is that with replacing an existing technology for an entire new one, the whole range of applications ceases to work. iPaaS solutions are designed specifically to keep everything running while you update and replace components.

Advantages and challenges of a best of breed approach

Challenge: Complexity

Having different applications also means different languages, systems, and vendors. Needless to say, this adds complexity. This is also why an iPaaS provides an outcome. They allow for interoperability and the managing and operating is done from a central interface.

Challenge: Inconsistent appearance

A consistent appearance across applications and systems allows your teams to operate without hindrance. However, with best of breed you are bound to have a multitude of interfaces, designs, and workflows. iPaaS platforms are designed to bring it all together under one roof, with one interface.

Challenge: IT Expertise

Integrating third-party applications can be challenging and resource-intensive. Especially for organizations with smaller IT teams. Yenlo’s iPaaS solutions come with managed services and optional add-ons to guide or manage your best of breed strategy for you.

Advantage: The best solutions in the market

As the name suggests, organizations can handpick the very best solutions available in the market. With the features and functions they require

Advantage: Cost control

Instead of being tied to a single vendor solution with a range of applications, a best of breed approach favours those in need for a wider range of options. A much more cost effective strategy. As sometimes you only need software for limited amounts of time or specific projects. So a best of breed strategy helps you find a solution without having to commit long-term, cutting down cost and increasing operational efficiency.

Advantage: Growth and innovation strategies

A best of breed approach allows your organization to find a better growth strategy. You can handpick solutions that align with your current business objectives. As you innovate and grow, so too grows the subset of technology solutions. You can deepen and expand at the pace you are comfortable with. Completely agile. And with the use of an integration-Platform-as-a-Service you are empowered to create the best solution for your business.

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