1st April 2020
One of our biggest assets is our Connector Library. Numbering over 300 connectors our library has grown substantially over the last 12 months – and will continue to do so. With a dedicated team whose sole role is to create, manage and deliver Connectors we put a lot of time and care into our catalogue.
However hidden in this library have been a few truffles that you would previously have needed to dig-around to find. 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.
Whereas previously we talked about Connectors and Logic Tools, we now have the concept of Application Connectors, Utility Connectors and Logic Tools.
Connector Types for Building Integrations
Application Connectors are traditional ‘Connectors’. They are typically to a third-party application 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 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 so that 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 where a bi-directional synchronisation can result in applications continually updating each other with an allegedly ‘new’ record.
Also included in this category is 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 are functional steps that can be inserted into a flow to manage, primarily, rules based data splitting and time delays within an automation or workflow. They are configurable to your requirements.
Please do connect with your Cyclr contact to get more information on the capabilities of any Connector or Logic Tool in our Library.