September 5th, 2018
In a previous post, I talked about the basics of integration, a term used every day in business that many folks don’t understand very well. As part of the post, I offered a simple definition of integration, which I’ll repeat here: An integration is simply moving data from one system to another. When I integrate two systems, they are simply sharing data back and forth.
In any discussion of integration, two other terms usually emerge: APIs (application programming interfaces) and web services.
August 13th, 2018
Chain restaurants can relate to the old saying, “Too many cooks spoil the soup.” But I’m not talking about a dozen kitchen workers in white aprons stirring a pot of chicken noodle.
I’m talking about the legion of business applications in place at both the corporate and HQ-level in chain restaurant businesses. These software systems often work across hundreds of franchises.
For the most part, these applications are integrated ad hoc, if at all.
August 8th, 2018
There’s a cloud of buzzwords around APIs, the API economy, and just where APIs fit into the vision of digital transformation.
Dell Boomi is all about creating the connected business, and we believe APIs are certainly part of it.
So, in this post, we’ll look at APIs from two vantage points:
- What we’re hearing about APIs from CIOs
- How the Boomi unified integration platform can help organizations quickly create high-quality APIs and dramatically reduce management headaches
Does Your Approach to APIs Scale?
July 25th, 2018
To ensure business agility while keeping operational risk in check, integration remains a necessity. At the most basic level, integration is the process of connecting disparate data sources — whether cloud-based, on-premise or a hybrid — to allow data to flow to exactly where it needs to be.
A recent Vanson Bourne survey of 900 IT decision-makers worldwide shows a clear focus on integration. According to the report, eight of 10 IT leaders believe that greater connectivity should be their number one priority.
July 19th, 2018
Organizations in Australia and around the world are rapidly adopting cloud applications to manage financials, customers, operations, human resources and more. Yet those systems can’t continue to exist as data islands. Data silos prevent businesses from developing a holistic approach to building a competitive advantage.
As a senior architect on the Dell Boomi Professional Services team in Australia, I’ve worked with dozens of companies that have made the leap from the time-consuming and inflexible integration technologies of the past to faster, more agile integration platform as a service (iPaaS).
June 26th, 2018
It’s no secret that retailers desperately need to innovate in order to survive and prosper in a challenging marketplace. The answer, however, has remained elusive for many brick-and-mortar and ecommerce merchants.
Neglecting the integration component needed to run a successful omnichannel retail business is a sure way to lag behind. At Aspire Systems, a Dell Boomi partner and a global technology services consultancy, we’ve seen subpar integration at some retail firms derail efficiency, impact margins and have negative repercussions on the customer experience.
June 13th, 2018
The Boomi Community is the hub of our relationship with our customers. It is where they find answers to their questions, learn how to get the most from the Boomi platform, and engage with peers to understand the best approaches to their integration challenges.
The heart of the Boomi Community is its members. Throughout the year, we recognize the most active and helpful individuals in this group. These leaders set the standard for how Community members can contribute and cultivate a rich conversation that helps everyone become better at integration.
May 3rd, 2018
As one of the most influential technology research and advisory firms in the world, Forrester has a first-hand view of the changes taking place in digital business.
At Forrester’s Digital Transformation 2018 conference in Chicago, May 7-8, the analyst firm will be hosting leaders across industries to examine the opportunities and challenges of one of the biggest task facing organizations today: digital transformation.
Digital Transformation 2018 is Forrester’s thought leadership flagship event, bringing together innovators from retail, financial services, media, healthcare and more.
April 29th, 2018
As Dropbox matured and built out its human resources technology landscape, the company committed to deploying cloud-based applications. Its HR systems needed to meet core business requirements while upholding the company’s industry-leading user experience standards.
After a market analysis and assessment of current engagements at Dropbox, the company turned to Dell Boomi and Deloitte Consulting LLP. The two helped Dropbox quickly sort through its integration chaos and rapidly transform the workflows across its HR landscape.
April 19th, 2018
Consumers generate data every time they interact with a brand. Clicking a digital ad, browsing a website, cashing out at a brick-and-mortar store, or using a retailer’s mobile app…each interaction creates a veritable gold mine of information that retailers and consumer goods companies can use to drive sales.
If properly harnessed, that data provides the foundation for customer experience management (CEM) — the ability to understand consumer behavior and preferences, create a unified 360-degree customer view, and generate insights for consistent, personalized engagement across any channel.