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Giving a Voice to Citizen Integrators

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Giving a Voice to Citizen Integrators

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With the emergence of APIs, a simplified approach to building integrations emerged. Business users found platforms offering them a user interface that did not need them to know about protocols, adapters or other technical aspects to build integrations. The platforms that offer these capabilities are commonly known as No-code platforms and the concept is not just limited to integration but available for application development too. The business users who build such integrations are called as Citizen Integrators and the concept of opening up development is known as Democratization of Development. The platforms apply standard integration patterns to the integrations built by Citizen Integrators to ensure that there are no proliferation of interfaces or "Spaghetti architectures" springing up. 

While APIs have solidified themselves as the building block for enterprise architectures, voice based assistants have gained acceptance in the consumer space, especially with mobile and smart devices. It is now common to ask questions and get answers from the assistants, be it, the temperature, traffic, news, entertainment or virtually anything that their underlying platforms support. So, how would it be if Citizen Integrators use voice assistants to build integrations? This would make it even simpler to design integrations. There would be no need to even drag and drop or click or poke around. The No-code platform could add the voice capabilities and support various voice assistants. The Citizen Integrator would ask or dictate to the voice assistant on what data is required and the assistant would get it instantly or by asking a few additional questions. Let us look at an example where a Citizen Integrator (CI) converses with a voice assistant (VA) 

CI: Fetch customer data from the CRM app 

VA: Okay. Which fields do you want to see?

CI: Get all the key fields  (or CI can mention fields to retrieve)

VA: Okay. There are 1500 customers in the CRM app, do you want me to retrieve all of them?

CI: No, retrieve only those that were updated before Jan 2015

VA: Okay.   Do you want me to read out or display on your screen?

CI: Display them on my screen

VA: Okay. Now displaying. 

The records are formatted and displayed on the CI's No-code platform. 

Some platforms such as Dell Boomi are already working on making this feature available for their customers and it is likely that others will follow suit. 

By adding voice capabilities to build integrations, Citizen Integrators will be more empowered than ever to get the best out of their applications. 

Topics:
integration architecture ,smart assistant ,citizen integrator

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