My previous blog reviewed integration methodologies and the time to market and lifecycle management benefits of moving away from a point-to-point integration and moving towards a hub and spoke solution. You read the blog and decided the benefits are clear, so you want to go forward with Scribe’s integration platform as a service (iPaaS), which offers a hub and spoke integration methodology. But you still wonder, “Will it really be able to connect all my specific applications?”
You start your investigation by compiling a list of the applications you are using in your organization and then matching them up with the connectors that are available in the Scribe Online marketplace.
“Now wait a second,” you declare. Some of the applications that you are using have some odd names and don’t appear to have a named connector found within the Scribe marketplace. Leaving you to wonder, whether Scribe can connect to your application. The answer is, “Yes!” Scribe can absolutely connect to your application, as long as the application you want to integrate supports some of the major communication protocols available today and/or has a published API.
Scribe Application and Database Connection Options
Scribe’s iPaaS can connect with applications in several different ways, including:
- Named application connectors – These integrate specific applications with the Scribe Online platform (hub). Connectors are available for a wide range of CRM, ERP, marketing automation, and other applications including Microsoft Dynamics (CRM, AX, NAV, GP, and O365), Salesforce, HubSpot and Marketo. For companies with on-premises software running on a database platform, Scribe Online also offers several pre-built connectors to SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle databases.
- Technology connectors – These allow Scribe Online to connect applications that use an industry standard communication technology/data These technology connectors provide you options for integrating with an application’s underlying database or protocol interface and can be used to connect to an application for which Scribe does not offer a named application connector. Scribe Online features technology connectors for ODBC, OLE DB and OData. For fixed-width and delimited files, Scribe Online provides a Text connector.
The use of any of these of connectors gives you the ability to create either simple or complex integration using Scribe’s a code-free, drag-and-drop, development environment. For a complete list of applications, databases and protocols for which Scribe has developed pre-built connectors, visit Scribe’s connectivity library.
Many of you reading this blog may be thinking, “Ryan, this sounds great, but what if I have an unique application and Scribe offers neither a named connector nor a technology connector for my application? Can Scribe still integrate with my application?” The answer is still a resounding, “Yes!”
Enterprise and SaaS companies using an application for which Scribe Online does not offer a pre-built application or technology connector can build their own connector utilizing the following resources:
- Software Development Kit (SDK) – Scribe offers an SDK at no cost, which includes our (CDK) Connector Development Toolkit that provides a full set of tools to create a Scribe Online This is the exact toolkit Scribe’s own development team uses to design and create new connectors.
- Fast Connector Framework – This Microsoft Visual Studio extension provides a wizard-based interface that allows developers and business analysts to create Scribe Online connectors in days instead of weeks.
These tools make it possible to connect any application to Scribe Online. Once that connector is built, users can leverage all the existing application and technology connectors within Scribe’s Online marketplace to create custom integrations between the new application and all other applications in the Scribe Online Marketplace. For more connector development details visit our CDK development site.
Our SDK truly places connectivity concerns at ease, making it possible for an enterprise to address all of its integration needs with the Scribe iPaaS.
Building a custom connector will allow you to take advantage of the vast connectivity provided by Scribe’s hub and spoke design. If, for example, an analyst needs to connect a unique custom application to 10 other target applications already in the Scribe Online marketplace, they only need to build just one connector using Scribe’s SDK to connect the custom application to Scribe Online, and then create 10 mappings to the target applications using Scribe’s graphical field mapping environment. This hub and spoke approach is much faster, less costly, and easier to maintain than building 10 point-to-point integrations.
In summary, you can build your hub and spoke enterprise integration strategy with Scribe Online with confidence knowing you can connect all your applications, whether Scribe offers a pre-built connector to that application or not.
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