Step by Step Guide to Design API Integration with Cloud Elements – Part 1

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These days, app developers are frequently asked by product owners to design the API integration between their apps with the cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Jira, etc., This is demanded so that users can effortlessly share data between the app and other cloud services on regular basis. This new technology era wants an application that can connect with cloud-based on API integrations.

So, if you want to be part of this over the competitive world, then you have to learn the art of creating interactive interactions between your app and other cloud services. You can easily make your API integrated with the cloud services by following below mentioned steps strictly;

Step 1; User Experience

Whenever a user, selects your app, then he or she wants to connect with your application. That’s why you have to design the integration in a manner which can be easily adopted by the user. It is important to set up interaction with your user. This is one of the many important factors which helps you in connecting with your core users.

Step 2; Solid Authentication

You have to manage workflow in such a manner that it helps you in connecting with your users. Firstly, you have to select the type of authentication mechanism like OAuth, SAML, etc., The workflow required to be established by the endpoint.

Step 3; Discover Objects

Numerous services offer a method to discover the objects and data at the endpoint such as data structure, field names, and formats which are required in your app. You have determined which type of objects and data fields that are relevant to your application.

Step 4; Custom Data

Plenty of SaaS services support custom data objects and fields that your customers would appreciate to share with your app. Some integration endpoints offer automated data discovery of custom data objects, but with third-party sources, you might need to provide manual means to yo users to locate these objects in your app.

Step 5; Data Mapping

Mainly, data mapping can be done in two different ways. Firstly, you have to provide the default mapping from the endpoint standard data structure into the structure of your app. This default mapping will save your users time by showing common data fields like name, address, postal codes and more. The other way is to offer the ability to your users to map out the custom data objects and fields in your application.

With the help of this user interface, you can offer the ability to override your current mappings to ease out your user’s experience. Your application will need the ability to persist the data mapping for every element of an API endpoint which is connected with your app. The data mapping is a very vital part of the API integration process with cloud services.

Okay, so we have to cut short our article here, but it doesn’t mean that your app is ready to connect with the cloud services yet. No, there are still some important steps are left to discuss which we will discuss in the next part of the post. So, don’t start integrating your API yet as more five steps are coming in the next part.

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