Free software integration platforms

Free integration platforms

The previous article described methods of software integration, and one of the approaches is the use of integration platforms.

An integration platform contains tools for data exchange and interaction between programs, applications, services, and systems.This tool is used as an alternative to manual integrations or developing custom solutions. Instead of developing and maintaining individual integrations between applications and systems, the platform offers a ready-made set of tools and functions that facilitate the data exchange process.

Currently, there are numerous platforms available for software integration, both with universal and specialized purposes. Some of these platforms offer free usage.

Examples of free integration platforms:




Sample problems

Apache Kafka

Ability to process large volumes of data and easily cope with increasing amounts of information and indicators.

1. Difficulty in setting up and managing.

2. The need for additional development for integration with user systems.

1. Collection and processing of streaming data in real time.

2. Centralized logging and monitoring system.

Apache Camel

1. A set of tools and functions for communication and exchange between systems.

2. Supports multiple protocols and standards.

1. The need for programming to create complex exchange scenarios.

2. Redundant functionality for simple scenarios.

1. Integration between applications and services.

2. Convert data between different formats.

3. Routing messages and events.

MuleSoft Community Edition

1. Intuitive visual interface for creating and configuring integration flows.

2. Supports various protocols and data formats.

Modest functionality of the free version.

1. Integration of various applications and services.

2. Creation of APIs and management of their life cycle.

3. Business process management and coordination of activities.


1. Easy to use without programming.

2. Wide selection of applications and services for integration.

3. Ready-made templates and solutions.

1. Limited customization options. 2. Limited support for protocols and data formats.

1. Import and export data between applications.

2. Creation of notifications and alerts.


1. Easy to use without programming.

2. A large number of supported applications and services.

3. Templates and ready-made solutions.

1. Limited in setting up complex integrations.

2. Limited functionality.

1. Automatically save photos to cloud storage.

2. Receive notifications about new tweets.

3. Automatic synchronization of contacts.

Standard components of an integration platform:

  1. Integration server/broker – the main “helper” that connects systems and facilitates information exchange, handling data transmission, transformation, and management.
  2. Adapters or “connectors” between systems allow the platform to interact with different technologies and data formats so that they can be transmitted and understood by the systems.
  3. Transformation mechanisms change the format of data to enable mutual understanding between systems. They also translate data from one language to another for comprehension and applicability.
  4. Routing and rules instruct the platform where to send data and what to do with it based on predefined rules and conditions.
  5. Monitoring and management oversee the platform’s operation and allow for insights into its performance and the ability to adjust settings if needed.

What to consider when choosing an integration platform?

In addition to specialized aspects, it is essential to consider general parameters, such as:

  • Availability and convenience of administrative tools for configuring and managing functions, credentials, and access mode.
  • Import and export capabilities for loading and unloading data in various formats for use in other software.
  • Multi-user access, which enables multiple individuals to work with a single database using their own accounts. Each user has unique access rights that determine the information and software features they can access.
  • Availability of APIs for automated exchange with third-party services and applications.
  • Reporting and analytics to obtain systematic and easily understandable information.

An integration platform brings together applications and data from external sources and can be rapidly deployed either in the cloud or on-premises. It helps create a unified source that connects the systems used for business development.

Epol Soft develops integration tools for telecommunication, medical systems, and information. Please describe the services and data you need to integrate, and we will try to find the optimal solution.

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