A Quick Guide to Creating a Cloud API Integration Strategy

By Mark Geene in Enterprise Integration Posted Jul 10, 2018

So you’ve put in the time and effort and built a killer app. The problem is, if it can’t be integrated with all the other great apps out there, your app is dead in the water.

Good thing we've got just the guide to rescue you from the rough waters.

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The rapid fragmentation of the application software market is accelerating the demand for apps that instantly work together, have the ability to move data freely from one technology to another in real time, and are user friendly and easy to set up.

Unfortunately, building integrations one at a time costs too much and takes too long. You may have all-star developers, but that doesn’t mean they can complete the almost impossible; at least not without proper planning, execution, and testing.

That is why having an API integration strategy in place is so important. Knowing what needs to be done before you integrate, how to dive in and integrate your API, as well as how to test the quality of your API integration is essential for the success of your app.

Pre-Integration work:

An integration is a connected, cooperative experience where data flows seamlessly between your app and the other apps your customers are using.

Pre-integration work is a critical in order to build a cooperative app experience. The three steps of the pre-integration process are:
  1. Define user stories
  2. Know your use cases
  3. Select integration endpoints

Integration:

Once pre-integration work is complete, you are ready to actually integrate! Unfortunately, it is not that simple. API Integration design is about building apps with pre-built, pre-orchestrated integrations to complementary applications. However, it’s more complex than point-to-point integrations, and it’s bigger than simply writing directly to the API. Below the surface of writing to an API, developers are faced with complexities including authentication, custom data discovery, data mapping and transformation, logging, and event management.

Quality Check:

Once your API integration is live the final steps journey are logging and monitoring. We hear over and over that if an app’s integrations are not working, customers and end users are frustrated, reflecting poorly on your proprietary application. Monitoring issues before they get out of control is key in keeping users happy. We'll cover some common integration failure modes you might encounter and how to get through them.

This is just the tip of the iceberg that is your API integration strategy. To get a more in depth guide of how to properly plan, execute, and test your API integration, view our comprehensive guide.

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