People, especially in IT, talk a lot about out-of-the-box (OOTB) integrations. But what does that even mean, and really, why should you care if it’s OOTB or emerging from this mysterious box everyone keeps mentioning? An integration is just an integration, right?

Not quite. When we talk about OOTB, integration or otherwise, we mean software that requires little or no customization. It’s the software equivalent of a coffeemaker that you can use right out of the box or after making a few selections on the display. And while both OOTB and customized integrations provide unique benefits, OOTB integrations offer specific advantages.

Workfront OOTB Integrations: Why should you care if your integration is out-of-the-box?

They Cost Less

OOTB integrations often cost less than their customized cousins because they are designed to connect existing platforms or tools. If you own both “sides” of the would-be connection (think Workfront and Microsoft Outlook), an OOTB integration usually won’t cost anything above your normal licensing fees.

At the same time, OOTB integrations keep costs down by providing a specific set of functionalities. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you are looking for a way to save money and do not need more than what is offered with an OOTB version, it’s definitely the way to go.

They’re Designed with You in Mind

Have you ever driven a friend’s car and couldn’t figure out how to turn on the lights? Software can sometimes feel like that. Luckily, OOTB integrations are designed to meet you where you work and help you get things done without having to learn a lot of complicated functionality or push through time-consuming change management efforts.

You’ll Have Options

OOTB integrations are typically based on existing solutions, which equates to numerous choices and future enhancements. Even better, they have well-tested, behind-the-scenes processes, which means you won’t need a virtual flyswatter for bugs.

No Need to Bother Internal IT Development Teams

Do you hate having to ask your IT group for help when setting up software? OOTB integrations don’t require a background in computer programming to get started. While there is usually some setup needed, it’s designed to be simple, saving time – and money – for the entire company.

Not Too Much Configuration

While OOTB does mean limitations for customization, the included configuration options do offer flexibility for your teams. And remember that too much configuration may cause challenges; overly configured systems can create database performance issues or problems when it comes time for a release update.

Keeping It Safe

Security in IT is (rightfully) always a concern, but OOTB integrations typically come with a validated security certificate, so you can take that worry off the table and get back to work.

The Workfront to Outlook Integration

When it comes to creating OOTB integrations, Workfront is a pro. They understand the way people work and offer plenty of integration choices. Whether it’s Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe Creative Cloud, Workday, Microsoft Teams, or Jira, they’ve got you covered. Their OOTB Workfront to Outlook integration, for example, helps teams maintain the flow of work without switching between tools.

It lets individuals engage with Workfront from within Outlook by:

  • Updating an existing object (Project, task, or issue) with an email
  • Creating a request out of an email from Outlook
  • Creating a personal to-do task from an email
  • Replying to comments posted in Workfront
  • Creating new tasks and issues

The Workfront to Outlook integration is a perfect example of why OOTB is a great option: they designed it to make everyday tasks easier using the software you already own. And bonus points to Workfront for making it really simple to get started.

Let Rego Guide Your Workfront Journey

Let Rego Be Your Workfront Guide

Here at Rego, we love integrations, which is why we created the RegoLink integration platform, which allows us to quickly and easily build out-of-the-box integrations designed to save you time and money. Our OOTB Workfront to Clarity integration is seamless and bi-directional, so users can initiate projects in either system and synchronize data manually or on a scheduled basis.

If you want more information about Workfront integrations, or you’d like to hear about Rego’s RegoLink options, contact us for a no-pressure conversation.