This time we will analyze whether it is better to buy or develop integrations. Many communication systems already provide integration with software and it is not always reasonable to develop it. On the other side, if a solution is not compatible with your requirements, then it is better to consider developing.
These integrations can be realized via built-in modules, third-party services, or middleware applications.
If the requirements above are met (Determining Integration Requirements), there is no reason to develop integrations from scratch.
To find out more about the available PBX or UC solutions, consult the website or marketplace of the application with which you want to integrate.
Previously (Integration blog article), we have discussed possible integration scenarios. This time, I will introduce integration requirements and the technologies, methodologies that allow for the integration of a communication solution with external applications, achieving the partial or full automation of many processes.
Integrating the communications solution creates many advantages. Integration is a way to satisfy users and customers, but it also allows the company to maintain lean communications. Automating operations using integration is the key to reducing waste, as it allows users to achieve more with fewer resources.
It is important to understand that different solutions support completely different features. Thus, each solution can achieve completely different levels of integration.
The typical integration with a PBX involves adding click-to-call to facilitate call generation, sharing phonebook contacts from your application with the PBX, and opening call pop-ups during incoming and outgoing calls. These integrations are known as CTI (Computer Telephony Integration).
Integration is necessary to perform automation beyond a certain point. With integration, we re-use data and information already entered in other systems (for example, phonebook or users imported from a CRM to a team directory) as a source of automation. On the other end, the applications used within the company are enriched with information provided by the PBX (for example, by using call logs).
Below you will find examples representing just a few possible integration scenarios.
Click2call, Hot-Key Dialing
The most simple integration is to provide an easy way to call leads and customers from the integrated application.
Wildix has a complete integration with Google Apps, probably the most complete on the market: