How can your application integrate with external services?

25 May
Lately, we have been working on applications interacting with a large series of external services.
We've integrated with Paypal, Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, Fotolia, Winmentor. The list could continue, but that is not in the scope of this article.
I have recently noticed that many developers and product owners are a bit scared by the idea of interacting with external services in their application. The risks are many:
  • Service uptime, failover mechanism,
  • Owning your data,
  • API updates breaking your application,
  • Performance aspects,
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