By Kiara Walker on Nov 16, 2020 12:45:00 PM
In a society geared toward making things simpler, we often seek out technology that can help us tackle manual, time-consuming tasks. There are thousands of applications available on various platforms, whether it is something as simple as an app that helps with daily agenda reminders, a browser extension that remembers your passwords, or even a CRM that helps you stay in contact with customers. What if those individual apps or programs could do more? Is it possible that there is additional functionality that can be achieved outside of those applications?
What Do Connectors Do?
When looking at software that is described as a connector, you discover that the connector is utilized to synchronize data between two systems. Often the synchronization is bi-directional. With a connector these synchronizations are very prescriptive, in what functionality you can connect to, and what information is passed between the systems. Connectors can work extremely well for very simple integration.
Let's Dive In
I always like to think of the analogy of LEGO®. The classic 2x4 block, this piece can be useful, sturdy, and does a great job on its own. But when you start connecting them together, along with other bricks - that’s when the real magic starts to happen. Given the right toolset, you have the ability to turn those individual blocks of LEGO® into true masterpieces.
The difference between connectors and connections is that connectors mainly focus on simple synchronization. Connections made utilizing tools such as BPA platform enable you to not only synchronize data but create a complete workflow process. There are numerous key benefits for using business process automation connections for integration rather than a simple connector. Leveraging this workflow process automation, the integration allows you to have essential logic behind that process. Beyond just copying information, integrations have the ability to tell you exactly what’s going on within your systems and create automated workflow according to your business rules, allowing you to focus on more important tasks. It’s simply removing the need for manual processes and grants insight into your data. Information can be configured specifically to fit your business requirements and you’ll be able to perform integration processes that you didn’t even know were possible. In today’s market, time is one of our most precious commodities.
Thriving on Flexibility
When we think of connectors, we often resonate with their ability to synchronize data between two systems. Often the synchronization is bi-directional. With a connector, these synchronizations are very prescriptive, in what functionality you can connect to, and what information is passed between the systems. Connectors can work extremely well for very simple integration.
Connections made with business process automation on the other hand are more than just connecting the dots, these have more to do with building the right accompanying business process.
Think back to our LEGO® analogy. When separated, the pieces can be useful, sturdy, and full of untapped potential. But once you start connecting individual parts together- that’s when the real magic of integration begins to take shape. Given the right toolset, you have the ability to repurpose those LEGO® pieces into more than you’d expect. That's the difference between a connector and leveraging business process automation connections, that will make your integration sing and dance.