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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/TG/Yu/ZEMO1Q5134VM.PNGCloud Elements: An Arsenal of IntegrationsCloud Elements is the flexible foundation for various cloud integrations inside our product LiveTiles Design. For instance, it powers reading documents from OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox using a single unified integration.,Maps a single integration to multiple systems, cutting down on the time and complexity to support multiple systems Robust and interactive documentation that guides the developer every step of the way Responsive and friendly customer success that supports your team's efforts,When Cloud Elements rolled out their "Admin Console 2.0" it was a rough launch with many bugs Cloud Elements has a large variety of integrations, but certain desirable systems (EG, Workday or Xero) are not covered in their catalog Providing a truly unified API that returns the same format of data from each system requires writing transforms for each endpoint rather than it being an out-of-the-box feature,10,Cloud Elements provided an initial ROI of accelerating delivery on integrations at about 4x speed as we were able to connect to a unified hub rather than building them one-by-one On an ongoing basis, Cloud Elements has likely saved us about one developer-worth of effort to extend and maintain our platform's integrations Cloud Elements has provided the unique capability for our pre-sales and customer success team to provide one-off demo integrations to customers to win deals and prove ROI to customers,Workato and Zapier,Visual Studio IDE, Microsoft AzureBig Fan of CE's Document CloudOur software is focused on helping marketing and content teams streamline the process of content planning and production. These teams often leverage cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Box or Google Drive to store and share their content assets internally, or with third-party creative partners/agencies. We chose to leverage Cloud Elements' Document Cloud to seamlessly integrate all those storage services into our application with one single endpoint. This integration enabled our development team to get multiple connections established all at once and we don't have to worry about keeping up with the variety of API/maintenance updates that each service would require. For our clients, this integration helps to improve collaboration and version control so they can collaborate and produce more efficiently and actually hit their content deadlines...;),Ease of integration - Our dev team had no problems getting the integration up and running quickly. Support - CE's support team is very responsive and they do a nice job of communicating if/when any issues arise on their end. Not a huge investment - There is obviously a cost associated with the usage of their service, but since they handle all the maintenance of the various service-provider endpoints, we are saving dev resources constantly.,We did have to do some custom work to create a better user experience when interfacing with CE's Document Cloud. The Document Cloud service doesn't come equipped with a file browser out-of-the-box, and their recommended plugin was pretty rough. We had to do quite a bit of work to get it up to par with our user experience standards.,10,CE's Document Cloud has played a key role in helping us expand the value of our offering.Cloud Elements ReviewWe had an existing system that relied on using a limited selection of 3rd party Cloud Storage Providers, with plans on making our usage of cloud storage much more tightly integrated with our system and make it look more as part of the system and not some weak tack on. We also had desires of providing our own cloud storage as an option, likely on AWS S3. Our first task was to make sure we supported the existing list of Cloud Storage providers so we looked in to their APIs and it didn't take long to realize that although very similar in functionality we would need to have implementations for each provider meaning that we had to also support updates and changes to each API as well as implement our future features multiple times. With the addition of our desire to add our own cloud storage option it was quickly adding up in development time and ongoing maintenance time. This was more than we could deal with from such a small team while keeping pace on new features to keep us ahead of competition. Researching if anyone else had commented on the same issue of supporting multiple APIs we came across Cloud Elements who offered a Unified API solution. They had a Cloud Storage offering that allows you to develop against a single API provided by Cloud Elements while they take care of the various differences with the Cloud Storage Providers API. On top of covering off all the Storage Providers we were after they were also working on AWS S3 integration.,The biggest pro is of course the unified APIs they provide. Developing against a single API and being able to say your product can support multiple providers all with one piece of development was fantastic. Their Integration support was great. We had weekly phone meetings to follow up on our progress and offer help on issues. This was all offered free, how good is that. Any features we requested were looked in to and prompt feedback on if/when they could be scheduled in were provided. Any updates to the endpoint APIs were taken care of by Cloud Elements meaning we could either just get on with things. Supporting new endpoints required no work. As Cloud Elements added more supported Storage Providers we could simply add them to our list of supported Storage Providers.,There weren't really many cons to our experience. The only slight downside was the cost but they worked with us on that to make it work.,8,Greatly reduced development and testing time for our project. Allowed us the ability to offer more integrations than we could have done without the Unified API. Will reduce our support needs as we only need to integrate with one API and Cloud Elements will be the ones responsible for the maintenance needs of integrating with the Cloud Storage providers.,,Azure SQL Database, Telerik, Visual Studio IDE, Team Foundation Server, Microsoft Azure, Slack, Selenium, IntelliJ IDEA
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August 23, 2018

Review: "Cloud Elements: An Arsenal of Integrations"

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Cloud Elements is the flexible foundation for various cloud integrations inside our product LiveTiles Design. For instance, it powers reading documents from OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox using a single unified integration.
  • Maps a single integration to multiple systems, cutting down on the time and complexity to support multiple systems
  • Robust and interactive documentation that guides the developer every step of the way
  • Responsive and friendly customer success that supports your team's efforts
  • When Cloud Elements rolled out their "Admin Console 2.0" it was a rough launch with many bugs
  • Cloud Elements has a large variety of integrations, but certain desirable systems (EG, Workday or Xero) are not covered in their catalog
  • Providing a truly unified API that returns the same format of data from each system requires writing transforms for each endpoint rather than it being an out-of-the-box feature
Cloud Elements shines when you want to offer multiple options to the user on a type of system, such as supporting integration to CRM and wanting to offer Dynamics, Salesforce, and HubSpot on equal footing. If you only have a single integration with a single system, using Cloud Elements adds an unnecessary layer of abstraction.
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January 08, 2018

Cloud Elements Review: "Big Fan of CE's Document Cloud"

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Our software is focused on helping marketing and content teams streamline the process of content planning and production. These teams often leverage cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Box or Google Drive to store and share their content assets internally, or with third-party creative partners/agencies. We chose to leverage Cloud Elements' Document Cloud to seamlessly integrate all those storage services into our application with one single endpoint. This integration enabled our development team to get multiple connections established all at once and we don't have to worry about keeping up with the variety of API/maintenance updates that each service would require. For our clients, this integration helps to improve collaboration and version control so they can collaborate and produce more efficiently and actually hit their content deadlines...;)
  • Ease of integration - Our dev team had no problems getting the integration up and running quickly.
  • Support - CE's support team is very responsive and they do a nice job of communicating if/when any issues arise on their end.
  • Not a huge investment - There is obviously a cost associated with the usage of their service, but since they handle all the maintenance of the various service-provider endpoints, we are saving dev resources constantly.
  • We did have to do some custom work to create a better user experience when interfacing with CE's Document Cloud. The Document Cloud service doesn't come equipped with a file browser out-of-the-box, and their recommended plugin was pretty rough. We had to do quite a bit of work to get it up to par with our user experience standards.
I feel that Cloud Elements is a great service for startups or smaller tech companies who are looking to expand their integrations quickly and looking to minimize the dev overhead that comes with maintaining all these integrations separately.
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January 12, 2018

"Cloud Elements Review"

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We had an existing system that relied on using a limited selection of 3rd party Cloud Storage Providers, with plans on making our usage of cloud storage much more tightly integrated with our system and make it look more as part of the system and not some weak tack on. We also had desires of providing our own cloud storage as an option, likely on AWS S3. Our first task was to make sure we supported the existing list of Cloud Storage providers so we looked in to their APIs and it didn't take long to realize that although very similar in functionality we would need to have implementations for each provider meaning that we had to also support updates and changes to each API as well as implement our future features multiple times. With the addition of our desire to add our own cloud storage option it was quickly adding up in development time and ongoing maintenance time. This was more than we could deal with from such a small team while keeping pace on new features to keep us ahead of competition. Researching if anyone else had commented on the same issue of supporting multiple APIs we came across Cloud Elements who offered a Unified API solution. They had a Cloud Storage offering that allows you to develop against a single API provided by Cloud Elements while they take care of the various differences with the Cloud Storage Providers API. On top of covering off all the Storage Providers we were after they were also working on AWS S3 integration.
  • The biggest pro is of course the unified APIs they provide. Developing against a single API and being able to say your product can support multiple providers all with one piece of development was fantastic.
  • Their Integration support was great. We had weekly phone meetings to follow up on our progress and offer help on issues. This was all offered free, how good is that.
  • Any features we requested were looked in to and prompt feedback on if/when they could be scheduled in were provided.
  • Any updates to the endpoint APIs were taken care of by Cloud Elements meaning we could either just get on with things.
  • Supporting new endpoints required no work. As Cloud Elements added more supported Storage Providers we could simply add them to our list of supported Storage Providers.
  • There weren't really many cons to our experience. The only slight downside was the cost but they worked with us on that to make it work.
[It's] Great for where you want to target multiple third-party APIs where the functionality of those APIs is very similar. There are a number of Unified API options available from Cloud Elements other than the Cloud Storage APIs I've mentioned. The Unified API approach isn't well suited if the APIs you want to integrate are too varied or you want to implement different features for different APIs. It is also not going to be of any benefit if you only ever want to target a single API as the cost and ROI won't add up.
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About Cloud Elements

Cloud Elements is a cloud API integration service that uses cooperative apps to connect an organization’s customers, partners and employees to the cloud services they use. The vendor says that by using their pre-built elements, their one-to-many approach connects applications with services, each through a single API. The organization’s app can instantly share data with other applications in the cloud, lifting the burden of integration off of businesses and users. Users can design, aggregate and publish their own APIs using the vendor’s Element Builder, which is their RESTful API Designer. This solution includes real-time monitoring, usage, reporting and notifications with enterprise-grade API management.

Cloud Elements Features

Has feature“One-to-Many” APIs: Using our Hubs, one uniform API connects you to many cloud services, which we call Elements.
Has featureRESTful APIs: Cloud Elements’ Hubs are built on straight-forward RESTful APIs with JSON payloads regardless of the endpoint.
Has featurePlatform Level APIs: Logging, monitoring, alerts and notifications through Elements Manager and Platform APIs.

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Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No

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Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:No