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What do different integration approaches have in common with shoes?

Written by
Carla Hetherington
Published on
October 19, 2023

In the realm of technical integrations, the approach you choose can be likened to your choice of footwear. Whether you integrate different systems via custom code or with an iPaaS, much can be said for both approaches and how they relate to different types of shoes. Now, you might be wondering: “What do different integration methods have in common with shoes?”. This is, of course, a valid question, but don’t worry, it will all tie in together at the end. Ready to uncover this uncanny analogy and learn more about integration best practices? Keep on reading!

What is custom code integration?

Custom code integration refers to the process of developing software code that connects two or more applications or systems, often developed in-house by developers or outsourced to third-party vendors.

What are the main advantages of custom code?

Its main advantage is perhaps its customization capabilities, since, like the name indicates, custom code integration allows developers to tailor the code to meet specific requirements and needs. Additionally, custom code allows for control over the data fetched and presentation details for your data. Finally, developers who build the code have extensive knowledge of the code, since whoever writes it knows exactly what it contains.

What are the main disadvantages of custom code?

Custom code integration is an “old-school” approach that most businesses have already fazed out by now mainly due to its time-consuming nature as developers must write code from scratch and test it thoroughly to ensure it works correctly. Additionally, custom code integrations require ongoing maintenance and support done manually by experienced technical professionals, which can be extremely costly and, once again, time-consuming. Lastly, custom code integrations are not scalable, as they often require significant development resources to add new features or functionality, especially in today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving digital landscape.

The main problem with custom code: a tangled mess

Despite clear drawbacks, custom code integration can, in fact, offer the desired customization for small-scale projects and businesses with few applications who are not looking to invest in a more long-term solution. However, the main issue with custom code integration is impaired scalability: while it may work for building point-to-point integrations, it’s difficult to build an entire IT ecosystem with multiple integrations using custom code. Let’s talk about it.

On average, companies use anywhere from two to hundreds of SaaS applications within their organization. As such, the more applications a business tries to integrate, the more these point-to-point connections become a tangled mess. This, in turn, results in a jungle of criss-crossing data flows and loosely integrated applications filled with data silos. The outcome: an entangled IT ecosystem that stands in the way of growth.

What do shoe laces have in common with custom code integration?

If we were to think about this situation as an analogy, we could equate these custom code integrations to shoes with laces. Here’s how: As we all know, tying your shoe laces can be a frustrating and time-consuming task, especially when you are running late. Similarly, building point-to-point integrations with custom code is also a lengthy and oftentimes frustrating endeavour, especially if you are trying to have your application integrations up and running to get to market faster.

Laces also get tangled often and magically come undone, causing you to trip or needing you to stop and tie them again. A similar thing happens when trying to build custom code integrations: they require constant maintenance and vigilance, and can collapse when not monitored correctly, causing black-box challenges and massive budget overruns in addition to crucial data loss and negative business impact. But what if you could switch the tangled laces for velcro…?

Introducing the Alumio iPaaS, the velcro shoes of integrations

The Alumio iPaaS is a low-code, cloud-native integration platform that enables companies to connect two or more systems, SaaS solutions, cloud applications, or data sources from one central hub in a fast, scalable, and secure way.

In a velcro-like fashion, Alumio allows users to freely experiment with adding or replacing new application integrations within their IT ecosystem, without losing data integrity, and, of course, without the hassles of custom code. To integrate popular software on demand, the Alumio iPaaS also provides a growing selection of connectors and offers integration tools to flexibly modify and adjust these pre-written configurations for popular applications to suit specific business needs.

No more tripping: Alumio helps businesses skip the high costs, time, and risks of developing, maintaining, and troubleshooting custom code integrations, which often devour a business' ROI. The platform eliminates black boxes and budget overruns by making all integrations and data flows visible on one user-friendly interface, which developers, project managers, and business owners can understand and collaborate upon.

Additionally, the platform’s built-in monitoring and logging features help keep track of every process, data transfer, request, and change across all integration, instantly detecting any integration errors or API conflicts, which users can swiftly troubleshoot and resolve via an intuitive dashboard, saving significant time and labor costs.


In the world of technical integrations, businesses looking for a one-shoe-fits-all solution may have to change their shopping habits. While custom code integrations may have been the go-to in the past, the advent of Integration Platforms as a Service (iPaaS) has revolutionized the game. Just like velcro-fastened shoes offer convenience and efficiency, Alumio allows businesses to leave tangled messes behind and empowers the seamless connection of different systems. Fostering a faster time-to-market and quick adaptability to the ever-evolving tech landscape, an iPaaS like Alumio is the only solution for businesses looking for a scalable and future-proof integration method.

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