5 alternatives to Tray.io

Before investing in Tray.io to build and maintain either internal or customer-facing integrations, it’s worth taking the time to evaluate a wide range of other solutions.

After all, even a marginal improvement in the solution you choose can have a significant impact on your close rate, retention rate, ability to expand to new markets, and more.

To help you pinpoint the best integration solution for your business, we’ll break down several alternatives to Tray.io.


Merge lets you add hundreds of integrations to your product by simply building to its unified API

Visual of Merge

Top features

While Merge offers a variety of impactful features, here are a few of the top ones:

  • A suite of unified APIs that covers a wide range of software categories, including accounting, ticketing, CRM, file storage, HRIS, and ATS
  • Merge’s team of partner engineers provide integration maintenance support, which lets you offer more reliable and performant integrations while also enabling your engineers to save time

When to choose Merge over Tray.io

  • You need to build a high volume of integrations, quickly. Since Tray forces you to build one integration at a time and requires technical expertise to use, scaling integrations through the platform within a short time frame can prove difficult
  • You can’t afford to assign engineering resources to maintaining integrations. Integrations inevitably break or need to be improved. Using Merge, you can task most, if not all, of this work to Merge’s partner engineers and your customer-facing team 
  • You don’t want to spend time normalizing data across 3rd-party systems. This work can prove to be technically complex and time-intensive, which largely negates the benefits of using a 3rd-party integration solution



Workato is similar to Tray in that it also offers an iPaaS, an embedded iPaaS, and an API management solution.

Top features

  • More than a thousand pre-built application connectors that span several software categories, from CRM to HRIS to ticketing to machine learning models

Screenshot of Workato's integration library
  • A low-code interface for designing and maintaining workflow automations, or “recipes”
  • An embedded offering that provides different deployment options, including white-labeling the customer-facing integrations and automations built through Workato

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When to choose Workato over Tray.io

  • You want to access a richer set of pre-built application connectors. While this is subject to change, Workato currently offers more application connectors, making the platform better suited to support more integration use cases than Tray
  • You need to build workflow automations that are more interactive on Slack or Microsoft Teams. You can so with Workato’s customizable platform bot, Workbot®
  • You’d like to build workflow applications, or fairly basic applications that are powered by automations. Workato powers this capability while Tray doesn’t


Zapier is a workflow automation software that’s easy to use and supports a wide range of internal integration use cases.

Top features

  • It supports more than 7,000 application connectors
  • Allows you to build “Zaps”, or task automations, through a no-code UI
  • Lets you build Zaps using natural language through its newly-released copilot
Screenshot of Zapier's copilot

When to choose Zapier over Tray.io

  • You’re only interested in internal integration use cases. Zapier is purpose-built for streamlining your internal team’s processes—not your customer’s  
  • You want employees at large to build and manage integrations and automations. Zapier offers a more intuitive UX, allowing non-technical employees to get onboarded to the platform faster and use it more easily
  • You want to access more application connectors and automation templates. Zapier offers a more comprehensive set of connections and automation templates, making it easier for your team to adopt the platform for whatever use cases you have in mind


Pandium is also an embedded iPaaS and offers an in-app marketplace solution, allowing customers to design and manage integration marketplaces.

Top features

  • An in-app integration marketplace solution that’s fully customizable (i.e., colors, logos, app placements, etc.)
Screenshot of Pandium's in-app marketplace feature
  • Offers a team of integration engineers to help support any building and maintenance-related work

When to choose Pandium over Tray.io

  • You need to build an integration marketplace and don’t have the resources to do so in-house. Pandium can help take this work off your team’s plate
  • You want additional integration support. Through Pandium, you can outsource some, if not all, of the development and maintenance of their integrations


The robotic process automation (RPA) software lets you integrate on-prem systems and cloud applications and automate workflows across them.

Top features

  • UiPath™ Process Mining helps you understand and improve your processes via automation 
  • Lets you connect applications and sync data via screen scraping and APIs
  • UiPath™ Test Manager lets you evaluate your automations and applications to see if they’re ready to be pushed to production and, if not, what needs to be improved

When to choose UiPath™ over Tray.io

  • You need to integrate applications at the UI-level. Some applications may not provide the API endpoints you need. Since UiPath lets you sync data via screen scraping, it can address these scenarios
  • You’re solely focused on building internal integrations. Like Zapier, UiPath™ is solely built to support a wide range of internal integration and automation scenarios, making it well suited to meet your internal requirements
  • You want a tool that’s been around longer and has more case studies. UiPath was founded several years before Tray and has many more case studies across industries, regions, and products. Taken together, it might be easier to sell UiPath internally

Final thoughts

Evaluating and picking the best integration solution requires assessing each option against a certain set of criteria. This spans everything from specific security features and capabilities to ratings on 3rd-party review sites to the quality and quantity of integrations that can be launched within a certain timeframe.

We believe that if you’re looking to build customer-facing integrations, Merge will stand above all the other vendors based on your assessment.

You can learn more about Merge by scheduling a demo with one of our integration experts.