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The future of integration platforms is prescriptive rather than descriptive

on November 11, 2013

Gigaom

As our lives get more connected, we often find ourselves building and managing integrations between our devices and our digital or physical worlds. But as the internet of things evolves, so will the cloud platforms that help build these integrations. The next generation of integration platforms will be prescriptive where they will be able to observe our behavior across various facets of life and automatically build or recommend integrations for us.

The popularity of APIs today has given rise to vendors such as IFTTT and Zapier that help us tie various services together very easily, without requiring us to program to the APIs ourselves. Gartner likes to call such vendors iPaaS or Integration Platform as a Service providers.

You can specify a trigger and a corresponding action to do something fun like blink your lights when your favorite sports team wins or save energy by switching off your lights…

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