Updated on by Fraser Davidson
One of our biggest assets is our Connector Library because it now numbers over 400 connectors. With constant connector refresh, our library has grown substantially over the last 12 months. We continue to build new connectors and refresh existing ones with our dedicated team. Their sole role is to create, manage and deliver Connectors so we put a lot of time and care into our catalogue.
However, hidden in this library have been a few hidden truffles. Previously you would have needed to dig around to find them. Now, given that we are a SaaS app developer and not a truffle forest. We felt that this was indicative of the need for a little Spring Refresh in our UI. And here it is…..
From today we have implemented a clearer categorisation of Connectors both on our website and within the Cyclr application itself.
Previously we have alked about Connectors and Logic Tools. Now we have the concept of Application Connectors, Utility Connectors and Logic Tools.
Connector Types for Building Integrations
Application Connectors are traditional ‘Connectors’. They are typically third-party applications and are a mapping of the API in question. They remain visual and they incorporate a level of intelligence that handles everything from authorisation, through paging, ETL and standardisation.
Utility Connectors are the ‘truffles’ that were previously hidden amongst the Application Connectors. A Utility Connector is a functional connector that can be used within a workflow. They are designed to enhance a workflow above and beyond what an API itself may allow. Examples of these would be:
- Temporary Storage Utility – enabling you to store information from a previous cycle for a defined period. This might, for example, enable you to create a concept of ‘Get New Records’ in a flow. Even if an API did not allow for that method itself.
- Cross-Reference Utility – enables you to store a reference table in a flow. This means you can match Unique IDs from one system with Unique IDs from another. This enables you to, for example, create flows where one application can ‘mirror’ another.
- Cross-updating Prevention Utility – enables you to prevent infinite loops. This is where a bi-directional synchronisation can result in applications continually updating each other with an allegedly ‘new’ record.
As well as those we can include in this category are our Generic Webhook Utility and Generic HTTP Connector. The overall catalogue of Utility Connectors is growing and there are currently 11 in total. Speak to one of our team for more information on what is possible.
Logic Tools for Integrations
Logic Tools are functional steps that can be inserted into a flow. They are designed to manage, primarily, rules-based data splitting and time delays within automation or workflow. They are configurable to your requirements.
Connect with your Cyclr contact to get more information about the capabilities of any Connector in our library. As well as our Logic Tools.