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Using a bot account for integrations
Using a bot account for integrations bot account for adding integrations

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Written by Herbert Gutierrez
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What are bot accounts?

Bot accounts are dummy accounts on the system you wish to integrate with, allowing you to connect integrations with your systems without them being attached to a specific user.
โ€‹When should you use bot accounts?

Bot accounts are recommended to be used with any of our third-party integrations that require you to Authenticate via a user's account.

When Bot accounts are recommended:

For example, with our Jira integration you are prompted to give permissions for to take action on Jira's side.

In this case, utilizing a Bot account would be useful to ensure that regardless of company user changes, the integration will continue to work as expected and not be tied to a specific user that would cause the integration to fail if that user leaves the company.

When are bot accounts not needed:

In the case of Opsgenie integration, we ask you to set up an API key on the account and copy-paste it into our settings page, which is globally set to the Opsgenie account and is not tied to a user, so no Bot account is needed as the integration will not lose permission if the user leaves the company.

Challenges of not Using Bot Accounts

The user account used for the integration gets deactivated:

  • This would cause the integration to break as the user is no longer an active user in the third-party app, causing disruption to your incident management process.

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