What is Data Integration?
Most organizations have existing data systems, and field or mobile data collection should ideally feed into those system. In the past, these “data integrations” have been expensive, programmer-dependent processes. But with Magpi and Zapier, that expensive, time-consuming approach is a thing of the past.
Zapier is an online tool that lets you instantly integrate Magpi with hundreds of other online apps (like Salesforce and Google Docs) – without having to hire programmers. No technical skills are required at all: you just follow a few simple steps. With Magpi-Zapier integration, Magpi Enterprise users can connect to all kinds of different online tools, from Google Sheets and email, SMS and Salesforce, PayPal, Dropbox and Hubspot, and more.
Use field data collection as the front-end to Salesforce, with data captured in the field transformed into Salesforce contacts. Or create Google Calendar appointments automatically from field data, to remind staff/customers/beneficiaries of important events. Even use the data in Excel to trigger messages to your data collectors or others. With Magpi and Zapier together, you can easily connect all your important tools to provide seamless flow of data.
How Does it Work?
Using a simple interface at Zapier, a Magpi Enterprise user decides which Magpi “triggers” will produce an action at Zapier. This combination of a trigger and an action, which creates an integration between one app and another, is called a “Zap”. A typical zap could be that every time Magpi data is submitted, Zapier copies that data into Google Sheets (the Google version of Excel):
Data submitted to Magpi can trigger SMS messages, the creation of calendar events, updates to a Google sheet, a tweet or Facebook post, an update to a Zoho Report or Salesforce account or SQL database, and much more. Here are a few more examples:
Build Sophisticated Workflows Easily
Because Zapier allows you to chain your zaps together, or trigger multiple zaps from one trigger, you can build very sophisticated integrations really easily. In coming weeks, we’ll be showing you examples of how to do exactly that – with no programming required, as users have come to expect from Magpi.