Four integration tools not to ignore

Integration is the key to getting the most out of your technology and becoming digitally self-sufficient. Here are four tools that can help you begin to be more effective.

If This Then That

This automation tool works with more than 250 services to automate tasks from lighting and heating your home to shopping on eBay. It’s a simple idea that allows you to set up actions for a specific trigger. For example, if the weather forecast tomorrow is for rain, you can set it up so that you receive an email alerting you to this specific forecast. Set up a free account in seconds and start discovering what else you can do.

Zapier

Similar to IFTTT this simple tool exists to ‘connect the apps you use, automate tasks, and get more out of your data’. Known as Zaps, each integration allows you to set up automated tasks such as updating documents in DropBox, or saving contacts into your email lists. Zapier has recently announced a major upgrade to multi-step Zaps, making integration between a range of different tools – including Slack, Mailchimp, and WordPress – even easier. You can try it free for 14 days.

Talend open studio

This tool works in the same way as Zapier or IFTTT, but focuses on getting the most out of the personalised technology you are using, so it works really well with open source technology. Basically it allows you to get data from a source, such as your CRM, and put it somewhere useful. You can do pretty much anything with it. Download it for free and start learning more from the online community.

Drupal feeds module

Specifically for integrating data into a Drupal CMS, this module aggregates and imports external data – such as csv or xml files – and loads it into content manageable entities on a Drupal website. We have used this module to connect data captured by The Children’s Society’s Engaging Networks platform – in this case the charity’s on street collections – with their Drupal CMS, for example. This allows visitors to their website to easily see on a map where their collections are taking place and decide if they want to take part.

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Tim