Integration Structure

Learn how an integration is structured and best practices when designing your own.


In this article, we'll explore how to create our first integration in Alloy Embedded. For our example, we'll build a Shopify Integration, but you can swap out Shopify for another supported app.

Recall from the terminology section that integrations are made up of individual workflows centered around a single app (i.e. Shopify). When combined, a series of workflows constitutes an integration.

The graphic below illustrates this relationship.

Integration Structure

Integration Structure

Integration Structure

What is an Integration?

An integration is a combination of workflows centered around a Third Party App. For example, you could build a Shopify integration that has two workflows:

  • Workflow #1 is triggered whenever an end user places an order in your platform and then creates an order record in Shopify.
  • Workflow #2 listens for new order creations in Shopify and streams them to your data warehouse

Breaking it Down

The below illustration details the flow of data within these two workflows.

This integration sends data to your server and also receives data from your application:

  • In Workflow #1, your application is the Event and Shopify is the Destination.
  • In Workflow #2, Shopify is the Event and your application is the Destination.

We assume you're streaming data to your application via the Data Stream block.

This flow works in many scenarios but you might not always want to ingest data in your server. In many instances, it makes more sense to send incoming data directly to a data warehouse (such as Snowflake, BigQuery, etc). The below illustration shows how you could configure such a flow.

Being able to send outgoing data to a Third Party App and also receive events from the same app is known as a bi-directional data sync.

For more information about how to stream data to a destination, see this article.

Wrapping up

In this tutorial, we learned how to build an integration. Integrations are a collection of workflows that send outgoing data to a Third Party App and can also listen in for incoming data.

We call this two way flow a bi-direction data sync. With Alloy Embedded, you can build powerful integrations in minutes.