Everyone knows that staying competitive in today’s digital world requires fast, seamless integration with your business' software solutions. But integrating your own software can be challenging. Many users find it tricky to integrate their applications using traditional methods, like APIs and SDKs. Fortunately, there is a variety of low code, no code and everything in between platform integration solutions available to make integration easier. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best options for integrating your software solutions:
Integrating two or more applications is known as “platform integration.” The goal is to allow information to flow freely between the applications so that users can take advantage of the best functionality and data in each system. Common types of integrations include: - Order-to-cash - Connecting your order management, procurement and accounting systems - Business intelligence - Combining data from various analytics, reporting and business intelligence systems - Customer relationship management - Integrating your CRM system with marketing and sales software - eCommerce - Connecting online storefronts with multiple shopping carts, inventory management systems and other software solutions - Enterprise resource planning - Connecting your CRM, ERP system, project management software and other business applications.
Low code solutions are designed to simplify the development process by enabling non-technical users to create applications and integrations using an easy-to-use visual interface. This typically involves using a low-code application development platform to create a custom application that connects to your business systems using an API, SDK or another interface type. Low-code platforms can help you accelerate the development process by allowing you to create custom applications that integrate with your business systems without having to code.
No code solutions enable you to create custom integrations between your software solutions without any coding whatsoever. These solutions work by generating an application that can plug directly into the APIs of your business systems. Some no-code solutions allow you to visually design your application and simply click “generate” to create the application that will connect to your business systems. No code tools are designed to dramatically simplify the development process and enable anyone to create applications that connect to APIs and other types of interfaces.
The above low code and no code solutions are two extremes. There are also many platform integration tools that are an “everything in between” solution. These tools allow you to select from a variety of options: You can code with an IDE, use a visual designer, or a combination of both. You can also select from a variety of integrations, including APIs, webhooks, SMS, emails, data connectors and more.
The integration market is highly competitive, and it’s important to select the right solution for your needs carefully. Don’t just focus on cost - make sure the provider offers the type of solution that will best support your business. Ask potential providers the following questions: - What type of integrations does the platform support? - What type of data can it connect with? - Does it support your data type? - What level of customization is possible? - What type of API or webhooks does it use? - Is there a developer community? - What type of SLAs are offered? - What are the pricing options and terms? The answers you receive will help you determine if the platform is a good fit for your business. Ideally, the provider should offer a platform designed for rapid integration, supports the types of data you need to connect with and will help accelerate the development process.
Platform integration solutions are designed to help you connect your software solutions. Low code and no code solutions are designed to simplify the development process and enable non-technical users to create applications and integrations. A word of caution: Be careful when selecting a platform integration provider! Integrating your software solutions will give your organization a powerful competitive advantage and help you achieve the desired business outcomes faster.
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