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The pros and cons of using no-code integrations

Coming to grips with ‘no-code’ integrations can be a little frustrating for the die-hard techies. Taking something that you have long-done with code, scripts and adventurous tinkering and replacing with a clean and crisp interface can feel like you have had your toys taken away from you.

For any of you mourning the loss of being able to ‘bake your own’ integrations… just remember all those times they broke, and you were 4 hours late getting home to your family? Or when you had your IT director breathing down your neck because a whole team of people couldn’t work for 2 days!

No-code integrations are essentially taking away the hassle of having long scripts of code, batch files and dodgy documentation supporting your essential business integrations. And shift you to a place where everything is visible through single interface and all changes can be managed, made and monitored through that same platform.

You may well wish to keep the custody of your integrations within the remit of your senior sys-admins. However, because the interfaces are easy to use and very simple to carry out any roll back activities with, the management of integration changes and maintenance can be shared around the wider team too.

Why are they valuable to your business?

From a risk perspective, no-code integrations are hugely beneficial. This is mostly because they massively reduce the likelihood of your integrations breaking. For the most part, hand-coded integrations fail because the code within them is inherently fragile. A coded approach to integrations, often leads to every integration living within its own environment and having its own unique configuration. This is particularly problematic if you have a growing team, and those who end up repairing integration incidents are not the same people who created the integrations in the first place!

"A coded approach to application integrations, often leads to every integration living within its own environment and having its own unique configuration."

Single-platform, centralised and no-code integrations resolve all these risks, as all your integrations now share a single environments, can be kept within a uniform configuration and the way the approach to resolving incidents or fulfilling changes is always the same. The outcome of this is a significantly reduced number of incidents and outages related to integrations. And, a far shorter resolution time for any incidents that are related to integrations.

Further benefits of no-code integrations are very much based around the speed of which IT and the business can now operate and grow. When software, teams and processes all become better integrated, the rate of which improvements and projects can be moved forward is greatly increased. This is because the flexibility and agility you now have in place around big software changes is improved.

This new-found speed also affects the way you change and implement business processes, as process adoption often staggers when multiple teams or systems at involved. Because Integration Automation Platforms such as ONEiO incorporate people and processes into integrations just as much as they do technology, you can easily ensure all people, process and product parts of your integration projects are managed in a proportionate and detailed way.

What hesitations might you have?

IT leaders often worry about over-simplifying their approach to something as complex and sensitive as integrations. Especially when big systems such as ERP or CRM are involved. This is further exacerbated by the fact that legacy integrations between such systems will be hard-set in handmade and heavily coded solutions. In these scenarios, it is not uncommon to meet resistance from the individuals who spent days or weeks creating that code from scratch.

You might also feel that using yet another software solution, to manage an already wide set of applications and services is messy, expensive and runs the risk of adding another lengthy integration project to your timelines. These are all very reasonable doubts to hold and in our experience the cost element is probably the most common fear.

Three/four years prior to what is available on the market place today, these would all be very acceptable hesitations. Traditional integration techniques were (and still are!) very clunky, plus they often involved lots of additional outsourcing to get right. For larger organisations, these outsourcing ventures often ended up with never end and ever extending project timelines and thus, endless cost.

How to overcome your concerns?

Modern tools have changed the game. Cost now only concerns those who fail to adopt the low-setup and subscription-based products for managing software integrations. By leveraging SaaS and pay-for-what-you-use tools, IT leaders can now implement affordable solutions with total foresight of their spending. This is a much welcome improvement on the managed projects of the past.

Over-simplifying is not something to be feared but in-fact celebrated! Simple doesn’t imply that the quality of the solution is simple, but only the process of implementing and managing. As mentioned above, this becomes a great benefit to those who want to open up the management of integrations to the wider team and ensure that the opportunities to improve or resolve difficult incidents don’t get tangled up within siloed knowledge.

"Over-simplifying is not something to be feared but in-fact celebrated!"

If you aim to improve your integrations by removing complexity and adding flexibility and agility, moving to centralised integration hubs (also called as integration automation platform) is the answer you’re looking for.

What’s next?

If you’d like support with any of the challenges, ideas or technologies discussed in this article, you can get in touch with our expert team of integration specialists today.

We would be delighted to discuss your integration goals and ambitions with you and support you on your journey to becoming better connected business.

Read more: Ultimate guide to application integration