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A guide by iSOA Group

Navigating IBM integration on AWS

Strategizing cloud integration:
Enhancing business efficiency with IBM on AWS

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, businesses are increasingly seeking innovative solutions to enhance efficiency and foster growth. iSOA Group, at the forefront of this evolution, specializes in guiding clients through complex integration processes, effectively bridging traditional systems with modern technologies.

Recent collaboration with a major commodity products firm, which involved integrating their SAP-based legacy order processing with Salesforce’s advanced quote-to-order system, exemplifies iSOA Group’s commitment to delivering substantial business value through integration.

iSOA Group leveraged IBM’s App Connect, in the cloud, which enabled the seamless integration of the company’s core quote-to-order system between SAP and Salesforce.

Additionally, using API Connect, iSOA expanded the capabilities of this solution, enhancing accessibility for internal applications and offering extended services to external customers and partners.

This integration project presented intricate challenges, particularly in the seamless transfer of large data volumes between systems. iSOA Group’s expertise ensured that this process was executed with minimal disruption, maintaining the integrity and functionality of the endpoint systems.

A key focus of the project was the regular updating of inventory data, crucial for operational efficiency, contrasting with the less frequent updates needed for pricing data.

“In my experience with clients over the years, API Management can mean many things. Some are focused on development, and others integration with many different backends. I find that the most successful organizations focus on security, governance, DevOps, and analytics. Coding is only one aspect. It’s including the other practices that make your API Management vision successful.”

Bryon Kataoka

Bryon Kataoka

iSOA Group, CTO and author

Leveraging the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) cloud model eliminated the need for building an infrastructure, versioning the software, and other operational requirements, thereby allowing technologists to focus purely on the business aspects of their integration solution.

The cloud is an essential element in the journey of digital transformation, presenting unique challenges alongside its benefits.

The recent strategic shift of IBM integration software from IBM Cloud to AWS highlights this dynamic. Achieving the greatest value from this transition requires not just a technical shift from one cloud platform to another, but a strategic approach to integration that aligns with business goals.

Few organizations have the in-house skills to undertake such a project. In Foundry’s latest Cloud Computing Study, 24% cited lack of skills as the reason cloud projects stalled.1 (This was the third most-popular answer.)

To truly harness the potential of IBM integration software on AWS, organizations are best served by partnering with knowledgeable consultants like the iSOA Group team.

IBM App Connect and API Connect

IBM App Connect, an advanced iPaaS, provides access to an extensive array of prebuilt connectors and adaptable templates. This facilitates the connection of applications and data across various environments—be it on premises, cloud based, or hybrid. Enhanced with AI capabilities, App Connect simplifies integration management through comprehensive dashboard views and fosters real-time collaboration among business, technical, and user stakeholders, thereby optimizing operational efficiency and strategic decision-making.

IBM API Connect revolutionizes API management, empowering users to seamlessly create, oversee, and fortify application programming interfaces (APIs) throughout their entire lifecycle. This tool is designed for versatility, allowing operation across various hosting environments. It stands out for its user-friendly interface, robust security measures, and scalability. These features collectively facilitate rapid strategic product development, enabling teams to adapt swiftly to market demands and technological advancements.

iSOA Group expertise lies in developing and implementing cost-effective, bespoke strategies that are meticulously tailored to meet specific organizational requirements, ensuring that businesses extract maximum value from their integration investments.

IBM integration on AWS

The key advantages of transitioning to AWS are manifest in enhanced migration speed, reduced hosting expenses, and access to cutting-edge technological innovations, leading to augmented functionality of IBM software.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that one size does not fit all. Alternative deployment options may be more

appropriate in specific scenarios, particularly for firms requiring a self-hosted, self-managed environment to comply with industry-specific regulations and security needs.

The value of AWS integration

For the commodity products company, migrating from IBM to AWS unlocked new possibilities, notably in simplifying the exposure of APIs to customers.

This adaptability, enabled by IBM software on AWS, expanded the company’s ability to offer enhanced services to clients. These APIs opened up an additional, valuable channel for business interactions and client engagement.

The ability to transform customer interactions is a significant advantage for any company. By exposing backend services, enabling customers to independently manage inventories and place orders, businesses can streamline operations and enhance customer experience. This approach not only simplifies transactions but also provides a tangible competitive edge in the market.

iSOA Group fortified security measures for key system components, paving the way for customers to seamlessly place orders via the Salesforce interface. This integration not only enhances user experience but also ensures transactional security.

Looking towards the future, customers are increasingly seeking solutions like electronic data interchange interfaces. Thanks to the robust underlying infrastructure, these advanced functionalities can be readily integrated, showcasing the system’s adaptability to evolving business needs.

No. 1 ingredient for a successful cloud migration: Trusted technology partner

When selecting a trusted advisor for IBM integration, customers and prospects are encouraged to consider several pivotal questions:

  • Customer centricity:
    Do they prioritize understanding and meeting your specific needs?
  • Alignment with business objectives:
    Can they grasp the business goals underpinning your integration project?
  • Technical leadership:
    Does the advisor exhibit strong leadership in technical innovation and problem-solving?
  • Strategic insight:
    Does the advisor demonstrate a capacity for strategic thinking in their approach?
  • Vendor partnerships:
    Do they maintain robust relationships w ith key vendors?

iSOA Group excels in offering strategic guidance that is meticulously tailored to align with each client’s unique business goals and objectives. This approach ensures a clear and effective roadmap for successful implementation.


The migration of IBM’s integration solutions to AWS presents a substantial opportunity for organizations aiming to modernize their technology stacks. This transition facilitates access to a broader and more powerful set of tools, simplifying the acquisition process and enhancing overall technological capabilities.

Analyst firm Gartner has praised AWS for offering “a comprehensive array of cloud infrastructure and platform services.”2

Meanwhile, in Foundry’s Digital Business Research study, 34% cited lack of skills as the biggest challenge regarding digital business initiatives.3

A trusted technology partner can offer the technical leadership, strategic guidance, and strong customer focus needed for a well-executed strategy that yields tangible benefits and unique value. Securing the services of a reliable technology partner is crucial for organizations seeking a seamless and successful transition of their IBM software to AWS.