Integrations are the key to streamlining today’s digital business processes, ensuring data can flow seamlessly between different platforms. Without this innovation, users would have to manually transfer data between their enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), configure, price, quote (CPQ), and other enterprise systems — negating the efficiency gains of automation.
As more and more business processes become digitalized, keeping software integrated becomes even more challenging — as well as expensive and complex to manage. Application programming interfaces (API) for enterprise software continue to improve, but their complexity still requires experienced programmers to set up and maintain integrations. Now, low-code integrations are becoming a popular way to overcome the challenges of maintaining those connections, especially between CPQ solutions and other platforms.
Could low-code integrations help your operation? Here’s what you need to know.
Low-code integrations forge connections between software using visual interfaces and minimal coding. As the name implies, they can be developed even with limited technical ability thanks to pre-built connectors and visual configuration with drag-and-drop technology.
Low-code integration solutions typically feature visual mapping tools with drag-and-drop functionality. Here are some of the top benefits of the low-code approach to integration:
Low-code integrations are accomplished through pre-built connectors and visual tools, so the most complex and time-consuming aspects of development are already completed. This allows users to deploy integrations more quickly than developing from scratch.
In fact, many low-code integrations are ready “out of the box,” so users can easily connect their CPQ to the CRM, ERP, and other systems they use on a daily basis without any difficulties.
Traditional integration methods are inflexible, and users can’t make changes without substantial technical skills. Low-code integrations, on the other hand, are easier to modify and customize to users’ needs, as long as the right connectors have already been built.
When that’s the case, users can easily swap connectivity features in and out of an integration so different software platforms communicate more effectively, allowing them to build the exact automations that streamline workflows.
Since users can essentially build their own integrations with pre-built connectors, there’s less need to engage highly skilled and expensive IT resources to develop or manage them. Even if there is an issue, the simplicity of low-code integration enables users to troubleshoot on their own.
If more skilled IT support is necessary, they can fix errors with less time and effort than more traditional integration methods. Users also drive down labor costs since they can deploy integrations more quickly and use their time more effectively.
When users have more control over their integrations, they can customize integrations to streamline their workflows. For example, users can facilitate specific types of data syncing to minimize touch points needed between software platforms, eliminating repetitive and mundane tasks and improving efficiency.
With some low-code integrations, team members can run CPQ processes within their CRM without losing time to switch between applications.
The goal of digital transformation is to increase workflow automation throughout an organization, and low-code integrations are a powerful way to connect and unify each company’s different systems. The latest cloud-based version of Configure One Cloud, from Revalize, enables some of the most advanced low-code integrations in the market, with a large library of crowd-sourced adapters and connectors built by the user community. If you’re missing any integration capability, the new low-code update helps you build it yourself, and contribute it to a library for the rest of the community to benefit as well.
Configure One has always been the leading CPQ solution for manufacturers, and these new low-code integrations make the technology an even more important part of any manufacturing tech stack. Want to see the new update in action?