configure8 connects to the services you use to build and operate your software. By connecting external tools, configure8 can associate this information with your services and applications. configure8 has a concept of provider and provider type to help organize your credentials. A provider corresponds to a specific external data provider, so, for example, AWS and JIRA would both be providers. Provider types represent the type of data that the provider brings into configure8. For example, AWS is a Cloud provider type and JIRA is an issue tracking provider type.