October 12, 2021
Creating integrations via custom code isn’t just expensive and time-consuming, but it’s also incredibly difficult with a severe industry shortage of senior developers. Yet the real problem is, integrations created via custom code can only be managed, modified, monitored or understood by senior developers or professionals with competent coding skills. Thus, an easy-to-use integration platform, which less technically skilled professionals can use to manage integrations without any code - is the need of the hour.
The Alumio iPaaS presents a user-friendly integration interface that significantly lowers the threshold for technical competence required to create integrations, in a faster and more organized manner. What’s more, while enabling you to upscale your integrations with just junior developers or data analysts, Alumio presents a Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables your senior developers to create complex, multipurpose integration templates to best suit your IT requirements.
1 The lack of senior developers to create custom code integrations
”Custom code integrations can only be managed by coding experts”
Did you know that there is a huge software developer shortage across industries? In the Nordics alone, Sweden faces 70K unfulfilled digital roles, 30% of companies cite a shortage of IT expertise in Norway, while a survey by the Technology Industries of Finland discovered a shortage of 53,000 experts in the tech industry. According to statistics by ManpowerGroup, even in the USA, 69% of employers struggled to fill positions in 2020 with Tech positions being among the top 10 hardest roles to fill.
Digitalization is rapidly evolving. Relying on senior developers alone to create and manage your integrations is likely to slow down your digital growth. The data logic of integrations created via custom code can only be understood or monitored by coding experts. To grow your custom integrations you need to add more developers to your IT Team, employ multiple integration partners, or use several plugins. Apart from being expensive, these solutions tend to result in data silos and a tangled IT landscape. Therefore, a platform that simplifies creating integrations without any code and demands less technical skills is the adequate solution to this problem.
2. The business impact of manually monitoring and troubleshooting integration errors
”Why waste rare IT expertise to solve problems, when it could be used to create new solutions”
The second roadblock of creating integrations via custom code is that the problems far from end after creating them. Since it’s all code, you can only use experienced developers or integration partners to constantly monitor, manage and troubleshoot custom integrations manually. This can severely delay the detection of integration errors and can cause problems such as missing orders or increase RMAs for returns and refunds. In other words, monitoring engages your IT team’s specialists in solving integration problems when they could be creating new solutions for business growth. All of this, leads to a further lack of control over your data, calling for a solution that allows you to automate the monitoring and logging of your integrations.
3. Lack of flexibility in changing software or business logic with existing integrations
”Why add new systems or software to your IT landscape via custom-code, when you can do it code-free…”
The third blocker of not being in control of your integrations, particularly caused by creating custom code integrations is the lack of flexibility. If you need to further integrate your IT landscape with a new eCommerce platform, CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system, a PIM (Product information management) system, or any other digital system or web service; or if you need to interchange one system, software or datapoint with another, the complications and coding hours multiply significantly.
Apart from this, integrations are always a work-in-progress and constantly require new logic to be added based on feedback, to improve existing data flows for smoother business processes. However, if integrations are created via custom code or various integrations solutions, this is nearly impossible to do frequently without causing a loss of data integrity.
All of this demands an easy-to-use integration interface that helps visualize and control integrations via one platform. A platform that makes it easy for professionals with lower levels of technical competence to add/remove connections or adjust data logic without having to write code.
Simplicity is genius. Alumio is a cloud-based iPaaS (integration Platform as a Service) that significantly lowers the threshold for technical competence required to simplistically create genius integrations. Based on Symfony and Elastic Stack, Alumio’s easy-to-use interface enables less technically skilled professionals or data analysts, to create and manage integrations all by themselves. This frees up your senior developers to spend their valuable time on problems that still require complex code.
Organizing all your connections on one platform and normalizing data across integrations, the Alumio iPaaS allows you to easily control, modify, and future-proof your IT landscape. It makes the digitalization of your business processes flexible, by allowing you to add, remove or replace software without any loss of data integrity via its interface. What’s more, the automated monitoring and logging system of the Alumio iPaaS helps detect and resolve integration errors, API conflicts, and customer roadblocks, saving maintenance time, cost, and skilled-resource requirements.
Apart from making integrations easy and accessible to less technically skilled professionals, the Alumio iPaaS also provides senior developers with a powerful integration toolbox and Software Development Kit. These advanced features can be used to create complex, custom, and multipurpose integration templates to suit your business requirements.
Some other major advantages that the Alumio iPaaS provides businesses by lowering the threshold for technical competence required to manage integrations are:
Optimization of IT resources
Enable junior developers or data analysts to manage integrations, freeing senior developers to focus on architecture or challenges that need custom code.
Automated monitoring and logging
Get instant notifications on integration errors and quickly resolve conflicts with basic technical expertise.
Faster integrations with marketplace templates
Discover integrations from our marketplace to quickly enable connectivity with required systems or software.
Quick connections with enterprise ERP solutions
Enable easier connections to SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, Sage, and many more solutions with the Alumio iPaaS.
Unlocked data silos
By avoiding integrations via custom code or third-party connections, prevent your data from being inaccessible across all integrations.
Ensure privacy compliance
Alumio’s iPaaS supports centralized data availability and compliance with privacy legislation such as the GDPR, SOC2, CCPA, FERPA, and HIPAA.
Happier customers with 360° data insights
Adjust connections, fix issues, and create your own customizations with 100% performance & data insights.
With the advent of newer software and systems for digital growth increasing by the day, the key to successful digitalization are flexible, adaptable, and simplified integrations. An integration platform that requires minimum IT support to create and manage connections between any datapoints, web services, or APIs, is the best way to create future-proof IT landscapes.
“There are and will be a lot of industry problems that still require custom code to solve, but integrations aren’t one of them anymore”
Is your IT team struggling with faulty, poorly performing, or difficult to maintain integrations or conflicting APIs?