I know that people’s eyes glaze over and they start to nod off when I write or talk about integrations! Don’t try to protest, we both know it’s true!
I get why this happens, a lot of things about integrations – data mapping, transport mechanisms, and, perish the thought, encryption – aren’t exactly Pulitzer prize winning material. That said (and as I’ve said many times before) integrations are really important to the success of your program as they allow you and your program office to focus on delivering true value rather than doing cumbersome (and truly boring) data entry.
Let’s talk about why the approach that IQN uses to integrate – through our IQNtegrator integration platform – really does matter; there are three key reasons:
- It takes the integration development process off of the project’s critical path: It used to be that a project’s go-live date was often driven by a software release schedule. With IQNtegrator, integrations are developed and deployed outside of software release schedules and that let’s you determine when to go live according to what makes the most sense for your company and program (of course other things are now on the critical path, guess we’ll have to chat about what those are later).
- It reduces the level of effort required to build integrations: IQNtegrator is drag-and-drop simple. All it takes for most integrations is a client’s business analyst (not a developer!) sitting down with our application architects and quickly mapping out both the integration process (that boring system connection, transport, and security stuff) and mapping what data goes where, testing it out, and deploying. I was talking to one of our architects the other day and he’d just finished building out a user feed and cost center load (with an associated hierarchy used to drive approvals) in a total of two hours!
- It greatly improves quality: One of my biggest worries when I used to manage implementation projects was missing an integration requirement (Uh, wait, you mean a user feed requires the user’s name?). When that happened we had to go through a new cycle of defining the requirement, amending the code, testing, and deploying. Now when that happens, the aforementioned analysts just sit back down, make the change, and we’re good to go. This is also a key value of IQNtegration once the program is up-and-running and those inevitable changes occur; we just update IQNtegrator and the program continues humming along.
So the next time somebody asks you to tell them something cool about integrations refer them to the points above or send them our way, we’d be glad to talk!