In the context of IT, integration refers to the end result of a process that aims to merge two or more different, most often separate data systems into one. Its purpose is to combine the data of the different subsystems into one comprehensive system that will manage the data of those subsystems fast and easily.
Imagine a computer and its parts. Each part, like the graphic card or the hard disk has its own role. If we want to make a computer, we need a motherboard that will integrate (merge or combine) all the individual parts and with that we get a functional computer. Also, one of the main goals of integration is to automate business processes, increase the productivity of employees and improve cross-sector collaboration.
Imagine the following scenario 5 gas stations, 5 different countries, 5 different owners. The owner of one of them wants to make a chain of gas stations and buy the other four. From a business perspective we assume that it is a win-win situation for everyone, but we should also analyze what would happen in terms of synchronizing all those systems that need to share information among each other.
If we only analyze the databases, we will conclude that each gas station has its own database, each database has its own tables which would be different from the other gas stations, the names of the rows, columns and types are totally diverse.
How to choose the most efficient way and merge all those systems into one?
The answer is simple, with the help of integration. For that purpose, you can use various tools, and one of the most popular ones is SnapLogic.
SnapLogic is a software company founded in 2006 that offers an integration platform that connects data that is stored in the Cloud and on-premises. With the help of 500+ predefined connectors SnapLogic enables an easy and fast way to integrate various services, applications, databases, etc. The platform wins 2021 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Digital Process Automation Solution.
SnapLogic is an integration tool that includes the latest trends from the software industry in its functioning such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The platform works based on the Drag-n-drop principle and is used by many renowned companies such as Wendy’s, Subway, Verizon, GameZeneca, Coca Cola, MasterCard, AirBnB etc.
If this sounds interesting contact us for more information about this tool, and Snaplogic might just get you to your dream job.