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Integration for Digital Transformation | 6 Methods

Integration is one of the central building blocks of digital transformation. In fact, it’s very rare that we’ll encounter transformation solutions that don’t rely heavily on integration. See, many transformation projects aim to get the most out of existing assets - whether these are internal tools, data sets, or SaaS platforms. Specifically, we can achieve huge efficiency improvements by simply getting these working together more effectively. Of course, custom solutions play an important role too.

Ronan McQuillan

Jul 14, 2023

What are API Headers?

API headers are central to how your request is received by the target server - and the response it produces. These can be used to provide extra context for our request, prove our permission to access resources, or for other important metadata. As such, knowing how to use request headers properly is a vital part of accessing external data via APIs. Today, we’re going to cover everything you need to know - from what API headers are, what they do, and how they work - to concrete real-world examples of how you can leverage them to build integrated solutions.

Ronan McQuillan

Jul 14, 2023

ACID vs BASE Databases

Data has never been so fundamental to the success of your business - but nowadays we have more options than ever for how we store and manage information. Today we’re checking out two of the most common approaches, by examining ACID vs BASE databases. See, we’re always constrained by some core computer science principles. Specifically, there’s an inherent tradeoff between availability, consistency, and partition tolerance. No database system can guarantee all three.

Ronan McQuillan

Jul 7, 2023

ITOps vs DevOps | What's the Difference?

Comparing ITOps vs DevOps is a tricky one. On the one hand, they’re clearly two distinct fields, with their own goals, priorities, responsibilities, and daily workflows. On the other, there’s a huge degree of overlap - with both ultimately aiming to use technology to make your business more efficient, secure, and agile. Oftentimes, they might even involve the same people. Today, we’re un-muddying the waters. Specifically, we’re going to guide you through everything you need to know about what ITOps and DevOps mean, what they achieve, who is responsible, and how you can use both to create sleek, performant solutions for your team.

Ronan McQuillan

Jul 7, 2023

WebSockets vs WebHooks

Understanding how and when to use WebSockets vs WebHooks is a crucial element of modern application development. If we don’t know how to choose the right tool for the task at hand, we risk creating ineffective or needlessly over-engineered solutions. Today, we’re covering everything you need to know. We’ll start by examining the basic principles of both data transfer tools and their underlying technologies. Then, we’ll check out how and when each is used, as well as the tradeoffs involved in choosing between them.

Ronan McQuillan

Jul 7, 2023

What are Information Management Workflows

Information management workflows are some of the most basic tasks that you’ll find in almost every business. Basically, any cognate task is going to include some element of information management. That is, we’ll almost inevitably need to gather, store, transform, or communicate information - regardless of what this actually represents. This could be invoice data, customer requirements, minutes from a board meeting, marketing content, or anything else. The point for today isn’t the information itself, but how we handle it internally.

Ronan McQuillan

Jul 7, 2023

June 2023 Product Update (v2.8.1)

To put it briefly, this is our greatest monthly release to date. New features include; Collaborative Grid block, Public Embeds, OpenAI automation action, Typeahead plugin, design updates, and more! At the bottom of this post, you’ll also find a list of newly created resources that will help you on your Budibase journey. Add multiplayer collaboration to your published apps with the new Grid block After much anticipation, you can now add our new Grid interface directly into your applications.

Joe Johnston

Jul 5, 2023

CAP vs ACID | What's the difference?

CAP vs ACID is probably one of the most widely misunderstood questions in the world of data engineering. Today, we’re setting out to dispel any misconceptions and give you an actionable, practical guide to choosing the right data storage framework for your real-world applications. We’ll break down some pretty complex computer science theory into insights with real-world applicability - including checking out examples of what key principles look like in practice.

Ronan McQuillan

Jun 30, 2023

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