What’s Holding You Back When It Comes To Integration?

What’s Holding You Back When It Comes To Integration?

Well, it’s time to just come right out and admit it.


And honestly, we’re proud of it.


Here at N2N, we really are a bunch of nerds.


But not just any nerds. We’re technology integration nerds – passionate to the point of obsession about the latest and greatest in integration technology.


We’re technology integration evangelists.


So when people ask us what all the buzz about technology integration is, we’re more than happy to explain.


It’s an unfamiliar concept to many, and it’s a side of tech that’s not as flashy as the latest AI development or VR use case…but it’s something that can totally rock your world once you get it.


At N2N, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind API Management Platform, called Illuminate, that enables users to integrate their organization’s apps, systems, databases, and programs easily and quickly, without any coding involved.


Plenty of people don’t even realize they need something like this, and don’t see how it could make a difference in their businesses. Many don’t quite understand what it is or how it works, and figure it’s probably just way too complex to mess with. And some just don’t see how it would fit into their current business ecosystem, or assume it must be prohibitively expensive.


That’s fine – in fact, that’s great! Because we here at N2N love nothing more than educating people about technology integration, and sharing our passion and excitement for this admittedly very nerdy niche.


So let’s go through and address each of these objections or stumbling blocks to technology integration. We promise – after a few minutes, our excitement will be contagious.


1 – What is an API Management Platform, and how does it work?


First of all, let’s talk about APIs. An API is sort of like the translation device in your favorite science fiction series – hook two different programs up together with an API, and suddenly, they can communicate!


An API Management Platform is a program that enables people to build their own customized APIs to connect all of their unique systems, databases, and apps to each other, so they can all communicate with each other.


Usually, it takes programmers weeks to write custom code to create APIs. But the cool thing about our Illuminate platform is that we’ve created a set of API building blocks that can be snapped together literally in minutes by a layman to fit any technology integration need. And we even developed a wizard to guide you through the whole process.


Illuminate is pretty much the opposite of complex – it’s a simple, elegant tool for simplifying technology integration at your organization.  


2 – Why do I need an API Management Platform, and how can it help my business?


Ah, this is the million dollar question! Integration equals efficiency, productivity, accuracy. Integration saves time and money, and frees up resources. If you’ve got anyone on your team doing any kind of manual data entry, or having to cross-reference data from different databases, you’ll benefit from the technology integration that an API Management Platform makes possible.


Of course, you could just hire an expensive team of developers to custom code those APIs for you over the next month or so…or you could do it yourself in a few minutes, and save your business the time, money, and hassle.    


An API Management Platform also prepares your business for the future. By making the integration of new apps into your systems simple and quick, it gives you the freedom you to try out new programs and take advantage of innovations – in other words, it creates radical agility.  


3 – How can I fit an API Management Platform affordably into my current business ecosystem?


With Illuminate, you don’t even have to worry about the initial set-up – because it’s got the amazing customer service of N2N behind it. We can handle every aspect of the set-up for you, and make sure you’re over-the-top happy with everything before we leave you to it. And even then, we haven’t really left – you can always give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help with any questions.


As for price? We’ve got your back. We have different tiers of pricing based on usage, so there’s a level for your business, no matter where you are right now. And every one of those tiers is less expensive than hiring those programmers, or even asking your own IT team to dedicate all those weeks to coding APIs from scratch.  

So, what’s holding you back when it comes to technology integration?  API Management Platforms are truly simple, straightforward tools that can not only save your business money – they provide you with the flexibility to take advantage of the new opportunities waiting just ahead. Contact N2N today for more information.

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Why Choose IDMatch Over the Competition?

Why Choose IDMatch Over the Competition?

Which factors did you consider when buying your current car?


How about your phone, or any other tech gadget you recently purchased?


Or maybe even a major appliance, like a washer, dryer, or refrigerator?


You probably thought about the trustworthiness of the brand…its reputation for quality products and great customer service…and whether it’s received any recognition in the form of awards or publicity, right?


And then of course, you considered the product itself. Did it have all the features you needed? Were there any benefits to this product over and above other, similar products out there? And how did the cost fit into your budget?    


So right now, you’re looking for a solution that will help your institution easily integrate student data feeds with your SIS – and ensure that no duplicate records are created in the process.


And you’re posing the same questions. Which company is the best choice? Which product will meet our needs, and then some? And which solution will fit our budget?


At N2N, we know there are other companies that offer solutions similar to ours. But we also know that, when you take a look at our company and our products, you’ll find that N2N, Illuminate, and IDMatch are head and shoulders above the rest. Here’s why.


  1.   The IDMatch edge? A focus on automation.


At N2N, we know that the whole purpose of implementing a solution like IDMatch is to free up your institution’s resources for more important matters than manually managing data. That’s why our focus is on automating the process of scanning for duplicates and integrating data.


Other solutions may give you a little more flexibility on the user end – for example, the ability to manipulate incoming data. We’re more interested in the back-end details, getting your customized set-up right so that you don’t have to manipulate that data, and instead, can trust IDMatch to catch duplicates and then send them your way for a quick check before integration.


Are you willing to trade speed and accuracy for a little more flexibility? We’re not.


  1.   The Illuminate edge? A focus on integration.

IDMatch doesn’t stand alone. It’s an add-on module to our award-winning API Management Platform, Illuminate. And once again, our focus here is on creating the most elegant solution possible to the problem of integrating disparate systems and apps.

Manually integrating your SIS with every new app your institution decides to use is a waste of resources, plain and simple. Illuminate allows you to fully integrate each program and app you use with all your other programs and apps in minutes, without complex coding.

Integration doesn’t have to be a hassle. We make trying new apps exciting again.

  1.   The N2N edge? A focus on the customer.

We’re not some huge corporation. We’re a startup. A multiple award-winning, hundreds of customers-serving startup, but a startup nonetheless. We still hustle. We still care. And what we care about most is surprising our customers with just how far we’ll go to make them over-the-top ecstatic about our products and service.

We work closely with our clients to ensure our products do exactly what they need them to do. We gladly help with any special requests or questions. In fact, more often than not, our client-vendor relationships end up turning into real friendships.

And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So if you’re looking for a solution that will suit your unique data management needs, accomplish what you need it to, and then some, and provide you with customer service like you wouldn’t believe, give N2N a call today. We can’t wait to meet you.

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Integrating Slate With Banner? There’s An App For That!

Integrating Slate With Banner? There’s An App For That!

Working in college admissions is a lot like that Daft Punk song “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”


(With significantly fewer robot voices involved, of course.)


(Unless someone in your department has one of those voice changer toys in his desk drawer, and a lot of free time on his hands…)


(But we digress.)


The goal of Admissions is always to become better, faster, more accurate – to gain that edge.


So integrating your department’s software with your institution’s SIS just makes sense.


And if you’re specifically trying to integrate Slate with Banner, then you’re in luck! Google “integrate Slate with Banner” and you’ll find guides galore, pages describing the existing integration options Slate boasts, and even PowerPoints from conferences giving step-by-step instructions for the integration process.


The common theme in all of these resources?


Don’t panic. It seems complicated, but if you keep things simple and only focus on a few really important areas, it’ll be okay.


And sure, it’s nice that they’re trying to reassure you and all, but it also makes you wonder…is it really that simple, if they have to tell you to calm down?


Here at N2N, we’re not going to tell you to calm down.


We don’t need to, because our Illuminate platform, and its add-on module IDMatch, make integrating Slate with Banner truly simple.


Intuitive, even.


With Illuminate and IDMatch, you don’t have to “only focus on a few areas,” or “keep it simple.”

You can fully integrate all the data from Slate into Banner on an ongoing basis, and not only that – you can be absolutely sure that no duplicate records are ever created during the process. You can even customize the types of data you want to filter incoming data by, in order to make absolutely sure no duplicates slip through the cracks.


All as easy as 1, 2, 3.


In fact, implementation is so simple that you don’t even need programmers to handle it.  Illuminate’s intuitive wizard-like interfaces guide even laymen through the process with ease, and the N2N team is always available to help with any special needs or questions that may arise.


Illuminate is a turnkey API management platform that can be used for integrations of all types, and for institutions of any size. It allows users to easily connect their SIS and ERP systems, whether on-premise, hosted, or in the cloud, to any other system or vendor requiring real-time or scheduled data synchronization, and is one of the few platforms available that does not require complex programming to create APIs.


IDMatch is a fully-customizable, turnkey, automated add-on module for Illuminate that enables higher ed institutions to check student applications (or any other student data feed) against existing student records, in order to eliminate duplicates and filter based on the data of their choosing, and then integrate into their SIS.


Together, these tools are a powerful solution for admissions departments looking for that edge.


Here’s what a typical day with IDMatch and Illuminate might look like for your admissions department: You come into the office and log into IDMatch. Overnight, multiple student applications came through Slate and were instantly filtered by custom data fields you chose during IDMatch set-up, to check for duplicate records in Banner. You’ve got some records that need to be checked, so you quickly scan IDMatch’s color-coded data fields to verify whether those records are in fact duplicates, or not. You mark each accordingly, and then IDMatch and Illuminate handle the rest, integrating only accurate data into Banner and eliminating the confusion of duplicate records.


Simplicity? Check.


Automation? Check.


Accuracy? Check.


Speed? Check.


Peace of mind? Check.


Better? Faster? Stronger? You’d better believe it.

So if you’re ready to give your admissions department an edge, then give N2N a call today. We can answer any questions you may have, or even hook you up with a free demo. We may need to calm you down afterwards – but only because you’ll be so excited about using Illuminate and IDMatch at your institution.

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