Why Low-Code Connectors?

Ambar on February 19, 2021

This blog will help you understand connectors, types of connectors offered, use-cases.

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Let’s start with the basics.

Integration/Connectors is a data exchange between two or more systems and are essential to implementing digital workflows and creating seamless user experiences.

DronaHQ connects the apps you use in your everyday work like Gmail, Google Docs and Sheets, Slack, Trello, JIRA Software, Google Calendar, etc., and automatically moves information between them.

Sounds great, right?

For example, imagine you are conducting an email campaign and want to send a bulk email through your app to your leads or prospects. DronaHQ connectors will help you achieve that through your app in one click, perfect information exchange between your app and the emailing service you are using.

DronaHQ supports two types of connectors –

  1. Database Connectors — These allow you to move data across systems to facilitate a process like sending records to JIRA or GitHub to support the development process.
  2. API Connectors — This type of connectors will include SendGrid, Trello, Slack, Zoom, and Gmail, presenting public web information within the platform, displaying charts, images, or videos.

      1. Slack

You can integrate Slack with your applications to provide more value; teams can create workflows and bring data from any application, such as –

HR: If you forget punching in or punching out on your attendance app, you will receive a reminder notification (as soon as office hours are over) on Slack.

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Marketing: When you promote new content on your social media handles, the Slack integration will notify you.

      2. Trello

Trello offers any project tracking, which is excellent for teams looking to brainstorm ideas virtually visually and display users’ thoughts in order. DronaHQ helps you get these features in your app using just a few clicks.

Project Management: Get the status update notification of your Trello card on Slack when it is moved across lists. It will help other team members to get hold of your process and activities.

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      3. Zoom

The goal is simple; we want to empower organizations to streamline workflows, support business flexibility, and better enable the end-user. There are several ways to leverage Zoom + DronaHQ to improve the management of important customer outreach activities.

With Zoom integration in your app, you can:

  • Get a Slack reminder for all your upcoming meetings.
  • Create a new meeting on Zoom and send an email to all the members

      4. GitHub

GitHub allows you to track your codebase changes, flag bugs, follow-up issues, and manage your product’s build process. Integrating it with your app can allow you to –

  • Create a new gist and share it on your Slack community or LinkedIn
  • Get all the users and find out the list of issues assigned to any particular user and assign an issue to a user through email by further integrating it with Gmail.

Using low code integration will benefit in the following ways:

  1. Quicker production: It allows your tech or IT team to save time significantly by spending weeks on integrating rather than coding those same features. This will leave enough time for other crucial processes of the development cycle. You can focus on the product outcome and get through the process of ideation to execution faster.
  2. Less Maintenance: Through harmonization and uniformity of APIs, you can reduce maintenance efforts.
  3. Less Stress: Delivery stress of your IT teams decreases as the need to define and deliver integration features is eliminated.
  4. Lower cost: Integrating your app will cut down expenses. If you save money, you can invest it later into improving your app by adding some unique and innovative features to it. Further, you can start with a smaller and yet effective project and make it bigger and better.
  5. Best features: By utilizing third-party integrations, you can add the best possible features to your app. It allows you to quickly add features and tools to your business processes that might take many months to develop on your own. Even if you have the resources to build in-house, those tools might need a great deal of time to refine. Tools developed by specialists have already been through this refinement phase.
  6. Flexibility: Gain more control and transparency since professional developers can still add and customize code whenever needed

Step 1: Define your need.

The most critical preparation step is defining your goals for the integration.

What is the business outcome you are trying to achieve, and what value will the integration deliver? Determine what workflows you want to deliver via integration. What data must be exchanged across systems to support your in goal for integrating?

For example, if your goal is to speed up software provisioning, consider what processes and data are needed for approvals and provisioning software.

Step 2: Research your technological options.

The third step is to research integration technologies. You can start by understanding the various DronaHQ technologies, their use cases, and pros and cons.

For example, consider the benefits of using a REST API over SOAP or whether you can use web services that generally offer more flexibility. It is essential to consult your EA and security teams to figure out which technologies might work best for your organization. Doing your homework early on will fast-track the configuration process.

Step 3: Identify technical details.

The last step is to gather technical details.

Start with network requirements and determine how systems will talk to each other. List all the systems and scope and understand the options to connect these systems. Flush out any security needs. Further, understand data format and quality and how it will be packaged.

Lastly, if any transformation is required, think about when you will need data to be shared across systems. Do you need data to be synced in real-time, or can it be updated in batches? Will you need to transmit full files or just change the files.

You will be able to gather all these details by involving the right people (we discussed in step 2).

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to use an API.

If you want to build your app on top of your database — see how to leverage ready database connectors.

You can visit our integration repository on our website and think about which repetitive task you want to automate for more information.

Originally published at Medium.