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Integration Manager continues to evolve as a leading solution for financial institutions (FIs) aiming to streamline their digital core banking integration. Building on the successful launch of version 2.0, we’ve released Integration Manager 2.1, which brings enhancements designed to simplify API development and management for banks and credit unions, enabling them to rapidly adapt to changing market dynamics, innovate confidently, and unlock new growth opportunities. These updates facilitate a smoother, more streamlined workflow for API lifecycle management, from creation through deployment, reducing the operational overhead associated with managing digital integrations. Enhanced security features ensure that FIs can maintain the highest data protection and regulatory compliance standards while improving operational efficiency, which aids in reducing costs and optimizing resource allocation. With Integration Manager 2.1, FIs are better equipped to leverage the full potential of digital transformation, driving forward their digital agendas with an advanced, accessible integration platform at their fingertips.

Key Announcements:

Single Sign-On (SSO) streamlines API development workflow

Integration Manager sets itself apart with its all-inclusive infrastructure. This update enhances Single Sign-On (SSO) capabilities, ensuring seamless access across the platform. At its core, the platform utilizes Kubernetes clusters to ensure that each tenant starts with a fully provisioned environment and benefits from the automated, behind-the-scenes setup of all necessary infrastructure components with each new API creation. This approach simplifies the development process, allowing users to build and deploy APIs directly from the browser without worrying about the complexities typically associated with such deep technological foundations.  Integration Manager masterfully combines this industrial-strength infrastructure with an intuitive user interface, making advanced API development accessible and straightforward for our customers and ensuring they have an "easy path" to leveraging cutting-edge technology while focusing on integration best practices.
Key benefit to FIs:
SSO significantly simplifies the user experience and operational efficiency. FIs can integrate PortX directly into a central Identity Provider like Google, Azure, Auth0, Ping Federate, or Okta. FIs benefit from a streamlined workflow that reduces the complexity and time needed for developers and IT administrators to start and manage their digital integration projects. This ease of access, combined with the robust, automatically provisioned infrastructure for each new API, enables FIs to quickly adapt to and implement new technologies and services. Before version 2.0, accessing integration tools required navigating through a series of tabs, which, while effective, did not provide an optimal user experience. The latest update centralizes all tools in a single web-based interface, enhancing accessibility and organization in alignment with the API lifecycle. 

Enhanced automation of infrastructure provisioning

Integration Manager 2.1 further automates the provisioning process for new tenants, providing same-day environment setup upon sign-up. This feature streamlines the initial setup phase for FIs, allowing them to quickly and efficiently start creating and managing APIs. Integration Manager automatically provisions the underlying infrastructure for each new API developed by the user. This ensures that customers can leverage a robust and secure foundation without having to manage the complex details of infrastructure setup and maintenance.
Key benefit to community FIs:
Integration Manager 2.1 is built on a cloud-native, enterprise-quality foundation tailored to meet the specific needs of banks and credit unions, which are typically smaller organizations compared to the target audience of many of our competitors. This update further emphasizes providing powerful, industrial-strength infrastructure with user-friendly tooling, making advanced technologies approachable with no provisioning required by the FI.

Convenient and secure VPN access to PortX infrastructure

[caption id="attachment_6986" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Developers get secure low-level access through the VPN.[/caption] Integration Manager tackles the intricate balance between providing developers with the freedom they need to innovate and enforcing the security measures required to protect the platform and its data. Hosting with Kubernetes presents a unique challenge; extensive AWS rights can grant developers too much access, potentially compromising security, while overly restrictive permissions can hinder their ability to work effectively.  Integration Manager's solution lies in its sophisticated identity and access management system, which finely tunes permissions based on specific roles. This system ensures developers have precisely the right level of access to AWS, GitHub, and VPN connections into the cluster, enabling them to perform their tasks efficiently without unnecessary obstacles. By addressing the constant tension between the need for security and the desire for developer autonomy, Integration Manager successfully navigates this complex landscape, providing a secure yet flexible environment that empowers developers while upholding rigorous security standards. 
Key benefits to community FI:
With this update, FIs achieve a harmonious balance between accelerating digital innovation and maintaining uncompromised security standards. FIs can witness quicker development cycles and faster time-to-market for new digital services, driving growth and improving customer satisfaction while the robust security framework minimizes risks associated with data breaches and compliance violations, safeguarding the FIs reputation and financial health.

No-code advancements accelerates new product development

  The platform now includes significant no-code tool enhancements, enabling users to develop and deploy APIs directly from the browser without writing any code. This feature is designed to empower both developers and IT administrators, making the process of integrating connectors, establishing data flows, and mapping columns simpler and more accessible. For example, consider an FI looking to enhance its customer experience by introducing a new digital wallet feature, allowing customers to manage payments and transfers directly from their mobile device. Traditionally, such an undertaking would require significant investment in software development and could take months to implement. With Integration Manager 2.1’s no-code tools, however, the FI’s IT administrators, in collaboration with the customer service team, could directly develop and deploy the required APIs with a faction of the complexity currently required. They can easily integrate PortX connectors for payment processing, establish data flows between the bank’s core systems and the new digital wallet app, and map out the customer data columns necessary for the service—all without writing a single line of code.
Key benefits to community FIs:
This upgrade empowers non-technical staff to swiftly develop and deploy APIs via a user-friendly interface, boosting operational efficiency and reducing the need for extensive training or additional hiring. It fosters empowered staff and enhanced collaboration across departments, leading to innovative digital services that meet customer needs more accurately. Additionally, the no-code functionality provides a cost-effective route to innovation, enabling community FIs to develop sophisticated digital services without the substantial expenses typically associated with software development. This streamlined process accelerates time to market for new services, allowing FIs to adapt quickly to market changes and maintain a competitive edge.

What’s Next?

Integration Manager 2.1 represents a significant step forward in simplifying digital banking integration for FIs. With these updates, PortX continues to demonstrate its commitment to innovation, security, and user experience, providing the tools and infrastructure necessary for banks and credit unions to thrive in the digital age. If you would like to learn more about this release, please contact our team today

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