No Code Integration

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No-code integration software uses pre-built connectors and visual drag-and-drop interfaces to build data flows with reusable components quickly and easily without manual coding.

Why is No Code Integration Important?

Before the development of no-code integration solutions, each application or data integration involved writing custom coded applications and shell scripts to connect data sources and targets.

Low-code solutions come with reusable components such as data connectors and data transformations, allowing integrations to be created quickly and easily and more easily repurposed and reused. Time to value is lower, and long-term maintenance costs are reduced as the solution vendor handles any long-term compatibility issues, such as keeping up with infrastructure changes and API versions.

Key Features of a No Code Integration Solution

Below are some of the capabilities of a no-code integration solution.

Data Connectors

Integration solutions are used to connect data from applications and raw data sources to data warehouses, data lakes and other applications. Pre-built connectors are required to access data elements contained in various data formats in flat files, proprietary databases, data streams and applications.

Visual Data Integration Workflows and Designers

No code integration implies a drag-and-drop visual design interface for constructing data flows data flows. The no-code solution needs to include an extensive library of reusable components that can be used to assemble a data flow pipeline.

Data Transformation Tools

The integration solution should provide tools to make simple point-to-point connections and a rules-based data profiling capability. Transform operators must change data formats to filter out unwanted data, such as outliers and bucket data.

Data Profiling

When developing an integration, it is essential to understand the structure and variability of the data being integrated. Data profiling ensures that data is readable and consistent and provides a statistical analysis of its variability.

Orchestration of Data Flows

Low code should not be limited to the development of data flows. When an integration is in production, management tools are needed so operations teams don’t need to use scripts to manage the movement of the integrations. Data movements are scheduled from a console, and failures and exceptions must be logged, retried, and flagged. A centralized view allows the number of integrations to grow without becoming costly to manage.

Role-Based Security

IT should be able to delegate portions of the administration of integrations to the department or line of business responsible for the data or application. This allows the people who understand the application or data best to handle any data-related integration failures. This approach lowers the management cost and results in faster recovery times in the event of failure. In a large organization, outsourcing partners and solution vendors often manage applications, and strong authentication access control is essential to protect data and maintain regulatory compliance.

Deployment Flexibility

The no-code integration solution should allow the customer to deploy on-premise, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment to maximize deployment options.

Benefits of No Code Integration

The no-code approach to integration provides many benefits, including:

  • Integrations can be implemented faster than traditional hand-coded approaches, which can become fragile and prone to failure over time
  • Making use of pre-built connectors and reusable components makes the integrations easier to maintain.
  • Integrations can be made and managed by staff who have a moderate level of technology skills. You don’t need high-end developers who are expensive and harder to find.
  • A vetted solution will keep pace with infrastructure and IT improvements, and new functionality will be improved with newer releases.
  • Centralized management improves observability and administration.

Actian and Low Code Integration

The Actian Data Platform has built-in low-code integration using DataConnect technology—over 200 pre-built connectors to hundreds of data sources, including cloud-based applications such as Salesforce and NetSuite. A universal adapter makes creating custom interfaces for legacy application access easy. Existing integration jobs can be reused, orchestrated, and managed along with new ones. A data studio provides a visual user interface to construct integrations.

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