Testing Through Batches or Integration: At Service Objects, It’s Your Choice
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More times than not, you have to buy something to really try it. At Service Objects, we think it makes more sense to try before you buy. We are confident that our service will exceed expectations and are happy to have prospects try our services before they spend any money on them. We have been doing this from the day we opened our doors. With Service Objects, you can sign up for a free trial key for any of our services and do all your testing before spending a single cent. You can learn about the multiple ways to test drive our services from our blog, “Taking Service Objects for a Test Drive.” Today, however, I am focusing on batch testing and trial integration.
Having someone go through their best explanations to convey purpose or functionality can be worthwhile but, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you want to know how our services work, the best way to see them is simply try them out for yourself. With minimal effort, we can run a test batch for you and have it turned around within a couple hours…even less time in most cases. Another way we encourage prospects to test is by directly integrating our API services into their systems. That way you see exactly how the services behave and get a better feel for our sub-second response times. The difference between a test batch and testing through direct integration is the test batch will show the results and the test through integration will demonstrate how the system behaved to deliver results.
TESTING THROUGH BATCHES
Test batches are great. They give you an opportunity to see the results from the service first hand, including all the different fields we return. Our Account Executives are happy to review the results in detail and you always have the support of the Applications Engineering team to help you along. With test batches, you can quickly see that a lot of information is returned regardless of the service you are interested in. Most find it is far more information than expected and often clients find that the additional information helps them solve other problems beyond their initial purpose. Another aspect that becomes clearer is the meaning of the fields. You get to see the fields in their natural environment and obtain a better understanding than the strict academic definitions. Lastly, it is important to see how your own data fairs through the service and far more powerful to show how your data can be improved rather than just discussing it conceptually. That is where our clients get really excited about our services.
TESTING THROUGH INTEGRATION
Testing through integration is a solid way to gain an understanding of how the service behaves and its results. It is a great way to get a feel for the responses that come back and how long it takes. More importantly, you can identify and fix issues in your process long before you start paying for the service. Plus, our support team is here to assist you through any part of the integration process. Our services are built to be straightforward and simple to integrate, with most developers completing them in a short period of time. Regardless, we are always here to help. Although we highly recommend prospects run their own records through the service, we also provide sample data to help you get started. The important part is you have a chance to try the service in its environment before making a commitment.
Going forward with either of these approaches will quickly demonstrate how valuable our services are. Even more powerful is when you combine the two testing procedures with your own data for the best understanding of how they will behave together.
With all that said, if you’re still unsure how to best begin, just give us a call at 805-963-1700 or sign up for a free trial key and we’ll help you get started.