Alloy Automation and Prismatic both offer an embedded iPaaS (embedded integration platform) for B2B SaaS companies. In this post, we'll compare the platforms and provide some tips on picking the embedded iPaaS that's right for your product. And we'll draw upon the latest information from G2 to show how Alloy Automation and Prismatic rank when evaluated by real users.
An embedded iPaaS, or embedded integation platform, is a set of tools that enables a SaaS company to quickly build reusable, configurable integrations to any app in any software category and deliver them to its customers as a seamless part of its product.
Alloy Automation was founded in 2019. It initially launched an enterprise iPaaS (internal integrations for companies) that was solely focused on eCommerce integrations. Alloy Automation began offering an embedded iPaaS in 2022 by adding functionality onto its existing enterprise iPaaS platform. Today, the company divides its efforts among enterprise iPaaS, embedded iPaaS, and a unified API (for eCommerce).
Alloy Embedded relies on a no-code/low-code approach to building integrations. Users can work with a library of app connectors to build integrations using an integration designer and workflows. Devs can add limited custom functionality with custom code blocks. Customers can also set up their own integration marketplaces using a headless API. There is currently no embedded integration designer for end users, though the company says it is working on one.
Prismatic was founded in 2019. Since then, it has focused solely on embedded iPaaS. As a result, its embedded iPaaS offering has been built from scratch for B2B SaaS companies that need to create native integrations to their customers' other apps.
Prismatic's embedded iPaaS incorporates a graphical low-code integration builder for use by non-devs and also has a fully integrated dev environment that can be used to write and deploy custom TypeScript code as needed. Prismatic also includes many API connectors and other pre-built logic, helper, and trigger components that can be used to assemble integrations. And devs can build any custom component needed to connect to vertical-specific apps. Prismatic's white-label integration marketplace lets customers' users select, configure and activate integrations. The platform has an embedded integration designer that end users can use to build their own integrations. And support staff stay on top of everything with the built-in customer management console.
The best embedded iPaaS has the features and functions that support the way you need to build and deploy integrations. Let's look at the essential features of an embedded iPaaS, followed by some helpful evaluation questions.
At a minimum, an embedded iPaaS should include the following:
- Integration designer
- Built-in connectors
- Custom connectors
- Embedded integration marketplace
- Embedded integration designer for end users
- Cloud infrastructure
- Deployment and support tooling
In addition to the features listed above, here are some questions that you should ask yourself and your team:
- What roles should your non-developers have with integrations? Will you be using non-devs to build, deploy and support your integrations? Does the embedded iPaaS provide the tools necessary for your non-devs to perform those roles?
- How do your devs view and interact with the platform? How flexible is the platform with regard to development? Whether working in a low-code graphical designer or writing custom connectors, will the devs be happy with the embedded iPaaS functionality?
- What is the vendor's commitment to embedded iPaaS? Is the vendor focused only on embedded iPaaS, or is its focus distributed over several products? Does the vendor have plans for its embedded iPaaS, and is it willing to share them? Is it actively interested in understanding and addressing your integration use cases?
So, how does Alloy Embedded stand up to Prismatic in a direct comparison? Check out the following chart for a comparison of Alloy Embedded and Prismatic on several features and capabilities:
|Low-code integration designer
|Pre-built connector library
|Embedded integration marketplace
|iframe or API
|headless API only
|Customer management console
|Embedded integration designer for end users
|Custom connector SDK
|Accessible pricing without limitations on complexity of integrations
|Purpose-built for embedding customer-facing integrations
But don't just take our word for it. Here's what G2's latest quarterly Grid Report for Embedded Integration Platforms has to say about Alloy Embedded vs Prismatic.
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For a B2B SaaS company, the question of who you will partner with to implement a platform for your product integrations is critical. Selecting the right embedded iPaaS can supercharge your native integrations while selecting the wrong embedded iPaaS can waste time and money and destroy product momentum.
Alloy Embedded is a B2B SaaS integration platform that is best suited for SaaS companies needing integrations that can be assembled from the platform's available connectors. Prismatic's embedded iPaaS is a purpose-built, cloud based B2B SaaS integration platform best suited for SaaS teams that must create highly configurable, reusable integrations for the full range of real-world integration complexity.
Prismatic is the integration platform for B2B software companies. It's the quickest way to build integrations to the other apps your customers use and to add a native integration marketplace to your product. A complete embedded iPaaS solution that empowers your whole organization, Prismatic encompasses an intuitive integration designer, embedded integration marketplace, integration deployment and support, and a purpose-built cloud infrastructure. Prismatic was built in a way developers love and provides the tools to make it perfectly fit the way you build software.
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