Creating an integration between two platforms can be a pretty involved process, so it's important to create a plan before starting. Let's use the example of creating a connection between 10,000ft and a Project Management tool so that every time a new project is created in the PM tool, a project is also created in 10,000ft.
Workflow + Data Map
The first step is to determine what data you're going to be working with in 10,000ft in addition to any data from another platform. In our example, we're using the project data in both 10,000ft and the PM tool. This workflow monitors the PM tool for changes and creating new projects in 10,000ft.
The next step is to determine how you’re going to implement this integration. Some things to consider:
- feature availability in the available options
- implementation timeline
- required effort
For our example, we could either use Zapier or the API to create the connection. The API requires more work up front to create the infrastructure to enable the connection, and it also requires web development coding to complete. The benefit of getting this structure in place is that it allows for more robust features and integrations in the future with multiple products and workflows.
With Zapier, you can get up and running quickly with little overhead and development time, but you'd be limited in additional features and connections.
Once you’ve decided on your method, you’re ready to move on and build out the implementation. In our example, Zapier and the 10,000ft API are both good options - choosing between them just depends on the other factors.
Building an Implementation
In this step, you construct the actual integration between your two platforms following your data map and workflow from before. Our 10,000ft support team is always ready to answer questions and assist you through this process.
If you’re looking to build an API connection and you need help in the development work, we have partners who can help you.
For all of our Professional and Enterprise customers, we provide a development staging environment called vNEXT. You can set up an account by going to https://vnext.10000ft.com/signup.
Testing + Deployment
Once you’ve built your integration through Zapier or with the API, it’s time to test and deploy. After validating success on the vNEXT platform, you’re ready to move your integration to the live environment.
Congratulations, you’re done!