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Directual vs Make

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You may have heard of Make (formerly Integromat), and now you're on Directual's website, looking for a comparison. We’re happy to help you out: Here’s how these two platforms differ.

TL;DR: Make is a great tool for automation. It helps boost both personal productivity and enterprise workflows. But, when it comes to developing a standalone application, it is better to switch to Directual.

What is Make?

Previously known as Integromat, Make is an ultimate workflow automation platform made to replace Zapier, Tray.io, and Workato. It supports more than 1100 different apps and services, including some of the competitors mentioned before. And it looks pretty nice, no kidding.

Make has a large community, multiple templates, and ready-made integrations. All of this makes the platform rather attractive for users with no experience in no-code development (he-he). Moreover, in some cases, Make might become a great assistant in various personal tasks.

The platform can be of great use when assembling sophisticated workflows that involve dozens of services, at least until you want to work with micro-service architecture or create a standalone application. In these cases, you may need to use another service or some of them.

What is Directual?

Designed to build software from scratch and up to the release version, Directual is a no-code full-stack development platform. It might seem a little complicated at first, but it is still more effortless to use as opposed to becoming a developer and significantly more affordable than hiring a team of software engineers.

Product owners, developers, agencies, and startups use Directual to build internal apps, improve the back-end functionality of existing software, and automate the data processing. Moreover, the platform's front-end functionality can help design a lovely user-friendly interface for any app.

In Directual's graphic interface, you build the architecture with logic cubes, each responsible for a particular action or sequence. Once you want to dig deeper for more precise customisation, the code is easy to access and change for any of your needs.

At Directual, we are excited about Web3. Soon you will be able to work with blockchain technology using our platform. Stay tuned for more updates!

Pros & Cons: Make

💪 Strong points:

  • More than 1100 apps & services available;
  • Large helpful community;
  • Extensive documentation, tutorials, and other learning materials;
  • Dozens of ready-made integrations & useful templates.

😔 Could be improved:

  • Considerably slower than the competitors;
  • Fancy rebranding brings higher prices;
  • Recent updates came with lots of bugs, the community says;
  • Sophisticated scenarios and workflows are hard to adjust;
  • The platform isn’t designed for microservice architecture
  • No advanced instruments for back-end development (databases, API, and user role-model configuration).

Pros & Cons: Directual

💪 Strong points:

  • Scenarios process data multiple times faster compared to Make;
  • Suitable for work with microservice architecture;
  • Built-in UI-builder, perfect for internal apps;
  • Blockchain integration;
  • Advanced instruments for back-end development (databases, API, and user role-model configuration);
  • Scaling is easy — the cost is progressive with server load.

😔 Could be improved:

  • Smaller community, outweighed by our ultimately helpful support team;
  • Not too many tutorials yet, but more are coming soon;
  • Takes a bit more time to master. But once you do, nothing will be impossible!
  • Fewer ready-made integrations (nevertheless, HTTP-requesting features allow you to connect any system).

Key difference from developer’s point of view

To run a Make scenario you don’t need anything but that scenario. Just configure it and push ”Run”. Directual scenario requires a bit more work. First, you need to configure a data structure, and then — run your scenario. The object is necessary for running Directual scenario. Even if you want to run a scheduled scenario without manipulating any data, you’ll need to have an object as a trigger! However, such an approach (data driven one) seems more reliable and easier to scale.

Just a tip

Directual and Make make (he-he one more time) a great combination if you need some specific integrations. It's easy to connect them with HTTP requests or webhooks.

Summary

The platforms serve different purposes. Make helps boost performance and effortlessly connect multiple services into a single flow. Directual is a full-fledged platform designed to build complicated software and products. It may be a great idea to use them together to outweigh the weak sides of both platforms.

Pavel Ershov
May 16, 2022
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