7 Tips for Perfect Integration
Nowadays, many companies that make their own website to get on the web decide not to give up their ERP. For cases like this, it is necessary to develop an integration, micro application with the responsibility of allowing the web system to be able to "talk" with the company's own application. In our Codeby trajectory, we have been able to get a lot of errors and successes, and we have come to bring you here to show you, possibly, the "formula" of integration. Check out!
1. Test initial application data
Before starting any part of the project, do tests. Tools like Postman serve just that. Make all possible requests. This is done so that we can discover how the data will arrive for our developed micro-application. Believe, each requested test may be responsible for completely changing the direction of the integration being developed, and it also helps us identify errors that may not be in our software.
2. Test target application data
The idea is to check how the information should be sent to the end system. This helps us study what transformations are needed in the initial system data so that it fits into its destination.
3. Planning is essential
After the tests, it's time to put your hand in the dough. As obvious as this may seem, it is at this point that the development of integration can be compromised. There are situations in which both the startup system and the target software have flaws. And it is in these cases that the planning of the micro application should consider both the communication tips and be flawless. A poor projection results in a long process in the development of the integration and in constant corrections that could have been avoided in this step. Make flow charts, talk to the customer, do not worry about wasting time here. The more time lost in preparing your software, the more time you will earn in development itself and the more mature it will become. Excellent tools like Draw.io are there to help you, however, although the program works daily with a computer, he should never get rid of paper and pen.
4. Functional focus
The task should be simple and straightforward: integrate. Any features such as administrative dashboards for viewing the information in that communication should come as additional. This is a type feature in the project that, however legal and important it may be, is not essential to the basic operation of the proposal. Of course, the client may require something of the kind, but never waste time on a task that can be done in a short time when the core is not yet complete.
5. Search, and much!
It is possible and likely that one of the tools you are missing out on more than 6 hours a day to develop has already been posted on the internet. The web developer community is very large, and there are many existing libraries to meet various needs. Do not reinvent the wheel, this can be a shot in the foot both in yours and in the customer.
6. Will the data be merged?
At this point you should decide what the end of the data coming from the initial system will be. Should they be linked to the final system? Should they be simply stored but separated with some specific attribute? This timing does not just depend on the developer. The destination of the data should be studied together with the customer, raising the pros and cons of each possibility.
7. The integration will never be perfect
Although the name of the article talks about perfect integration, this is, unfortunately, a myth. Every application is subject to exceptions. The role of the developer in the planning process until the effective completion of any type of system is, in addition to constructing it, to find as many exceptions as possible. But the biggest difficulty in this process is that we do not have control over all possibilities of software reaction.
* For this, there are several frameworks or robots developed to find a lot of possible exceptions that prevent the proper functioning of the software.
Finally, the perfect integration is the one that works and that has the objective reached. As much as your client is a large company, developing a systems integration should not be a giant task. It can be complicated, have ups and downs and at worst a functional integration, but with great difficulties for maintenance. But always seek to reach your ultimate goal and never lose transparency before the client.