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GOD YES. Vendor integrations engineering is some of the most delicate and highly skilled technical labor an engineer can do.
Good vendor engineering takes an immense amount of technical breadth, and a senior engineer's instincts for what *not* to do, what not to build.

It often looks like you haven't "done" anything at all. It just works. Disasters just don't happen.
You can almost tell how healthy an engineering org is by whether senior engineers or interns are handling two types of projects: deploy software and vendor integrations.

This should be a law of some kind, lol.
If your senior engineers are taking on vendor work and important internal tooling, it means you've probably done a lot of other things right. You value the right things, communicate that value, reward doers properly, and the junior engineers are looking up to the right people.
Deploys and vendor partnerships: because both of them sound boring and mundane, but they are actually critical foundation work and force amplifiers for the entire company.

There's nothing you can work on with more business impact -- probably even including your product.
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