What Is AppFlow On AWS And Should You Use It?
Recently, Amazon has introduced a new AWS service, AppFlow. What is AppFlow? Essentially, it is Amazon’s own version of Zapier, a software service that allows you to stitch together application and manipulate data based on events that happen within applications.
With AWS, they’re constantly introducing new ways for developers to write less code and be more productive. This release is an interesting shift that signals the direction of the platform. Developers will be able to create data pipelines in a graphical user interface, and not have to dedicate as much time to the mundane data syncing requirements. This graph below, provided by AWS, provides clear insight into how data flows through AppFlow.
Right now, only a limited amount of services are available. Here’s the full list of what you can use:
- Google Analytics
- Infor Nexus
- Trend Micro
Who Should Use AppFlow
If you use any of the above services, it’s time to play around with AppFlow. They’re likely to release new services on a pretty consistent basis, and it is a fundamental shift in how they envision making AWS a lower code and more developer friendly platform.
CloudFormation and AppFlow
Currently, AppFlow is not supported in CloudFormation, although Amazon has plans to do so. If you rely heavily on CloudFormation, as you should, then it probably isn’t the time to use AppFlow in production.
This is certainly an interesting release from AWS, and we’re excited to see how the platform evolves. If you’re using any of the supported services, we recommend giving it a shot and seeing how it can help your applications be more effective!