Process automation is no longer a luxury reserved for large companies with even larger budgets. Today, businesses both big and small are finding ways to integrate their apps and streamline their systems.

Unfortunately, this is almost always done with point-to-point integration.

Point-to-point integrations can work well for a one-off problem. However, trouble can occur when businesses need to move data beyond just Point A and Point B.

The Compounding Complexity of Point-to-Point Integration

Businesses often use dozens––if not hundreds––of apps between various teams and departments to keep their systems running smoothly. They create connections where they need them, continuing to build a spiderweb of automation that––on the surface––gets the job done.

The problems appear when those point-to-point connections need to be enhanced, fixed or changed, particularly when an app being used is updated or modified. When an app changes structure or the company decides to replace a tool with an alternative, it can send the house of cards tumbling down.

This kind of fragile complexity can stunt productivity and make it more difficult for your automation to run smoothly. That’s why, as you prepare for the future, you need to be looking at simple, no-code systems that enable integration and automation.

How Simplicity Makes Automation Faster and More Flexible

By removing the piecemeal nature of point-to-point integration and adopting a no-code solution, companies can create automation systems that are more productive, stable, and efficient. Team members can get things done faster, and they can connect systems and devices while replacing slower and more risky manual processes.

Simpler automation improves speed and flexibility in a number of ways. Here are some of the biggest.

1. Cleaner, more stable integration

Point-to-point integration creates dozens––even hundreds or thousands––of potential points of failure. When each integration point is a risk, your system is unpredictable and unreliable.

A no-code system is not only simpler, but it’s also cleaner. Simplifying your automation system reduces the number of potential points of failure, making your entire system less likely to fail.

2. Reduced downtime

When integration is done point-to-point and a connection fails, it can feel nearly impossible to figure out where the failure occurred. One point of failure can trigger a long line of issues, causing massive downtime that hurts productivity.

A simpler automation system with fewer points of failure means issues are easier to identify. Problems can be solved faster, improving uptime and allowing all areas of a business to run smoothly without interruption.

3. Less IT burden

A business department’s needs are always changing, and so are the tools they’re using. Each time they pivot, the integration changes fall on IT. Busy tech employees need to carve out hours of their week to make shifts or solve problems, leaving them little time to get much else done.

A true no-code solution puts power and control back in the user’s hands. By eliminating complicated coding, business users are able to create their own connections or troubleshoot issues on their own, alleviating the pressure that falls on the IT department.

Shifting to Simplicity and a True No-Code Automation Solution

Point-to-point integration isn’t scalable, so it needs to become a thing of the past. If you’re hoping to grow your organization, cut costs, and minimize risk––and who isn’t?––you need to look for a simpler solution.

Using a no-code automation system can allow you to create more stable integration with fewer points of failure, reduce downtime associated with issues and errors, and relieve much of the pressure on your IT department to keep everything running smoothly.

Through adopting a simpler integration and automation solution, you can cut away the unnecessary noise and focus on building a system that meets––and exceeds––the ever-changing demands of the business.