April 12th, 2018
Integration plays an increasingly important role in IT, connecting applications and APIs, spanning cloud services and internal networks, automating workflows and delivering that most sought-after quality for daily operations: agility.
As integration workloads increase, performance and scalability become critical issues. Organizations can’t afford to have integration processes hit bottlenecks because of limitations in CPU power, memory or network bandwidth.
In integration, as in other areas of IT, performance matters. IT organizations should consider how they’re going scale integration processes to meet the needs of business users and the workflows they depend on.
March 9th, 2018
There’s a lot of research out there that says B2B integration can make or break your business. In fact, industry analysts have called out B2B integration as one of the top three critical integration scenarios that businesses face.
B2B integration run by electronic data interchange (EDI) makes it possible to effectively manage your partner network — vendors, suppliers and distributors. While EDI is the most established method for running B2B networks, organizations are facing multiple challenges with this decades-old technology:
- Inflexible, legacy EDI systems that were not built to integrate with new cloud-based applications
- Inability to support business initiatives for mobile applications and API connections
- Complicated troubleshooting and error resolution
- Lack of end-to-end supply chain visibility
- Slow partner onboarding
To learn more about how Boomi’s low-code, cloud-native integration platform can deliver hassle-free integration and EDI management, please attend our upcoming webinar, “Managing Your B2B Transactions in the Cloud.”
EDI Is Great, But…
Studies conducted by a host of organizations like GS1 UK confirm the continuing value of electronic data interchange (EDI).
February 19th, 2018
Laziness. Is that really a good habit for developers?
Search the internet for advice on the virtues of successful developers, and you’ll find a wealth of observations, not all of which exactly square with one another. The differences shouldn’t be surprising. People vary, and successful people will vary in how they go about achieving success.
Beneath these variations, though, there are common, road-tested practices — habits — for addressing the challenges of producing excellent software — whether integrations or new applications — day after day, under tight deadlines, and in the face of shifting technical requirements and business conditions.
January 29th, 2018
4 Ways That Top-Performing Sales Teams Make the Most of Data Integration, API Management and Workflow Automation
We’re living in the Age of the Customer. It’s an age without sales pitches.
That’s a conclusion from Salesforce’s second annual “State of Sales” report, which was released last fall.
“No sales pitches” doesn’t mean that salespeople are sitting anxiously in their cubicles, waiting for the phone to ring. It means consultative selling is more important than ever.
Thanks to the Internet, customers are far more informed about your products and your competitors long before your salespeople talk to them.
December 13th, 2017
From Integration to Synchronization: Using a Hub-Based Approach to Ensure Data Integrity Across Your Business
You’ve connected your most critical business applications to one another. Data — the lifeblood of any organization — is now moving easily from one system to another throughout your organization.
And now you need a way of ensuring the integrity of that data.
When the finance department updates a billing record, does that change make its way to the customer relationship management (CRM) application? When a warehouse receives a new shipment of products, is that information updated in a timely way across departments?
November 10th, 2017
Beyond Integration: Discovering the Benefits of API Management, Master Data Management and Workflow Automation
Many companies turn to integration to solve specific problems, such as connecting one business application to another. But Boomi integration platform as a service (iPaaS) offers much more than a low-code development environment for quickly building point-to-point connections.
Boomi also enables SMBs and enterprises to publish and manage APIs, enforce data quality with master data management, and automate workflows.
To appreciate the importance of these other features, let’s consider a topic that might seem unrelated to data integration and data management, but which turns out to depend on them heavily.
July 11th, 2017
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, The Tipping Point, Gladwell defines a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.” The tipping point can happen in virtually anything — spikes in crime, social migration, birth rates, product sales — and software integration complexity.
Reaching critical mass with point-to-point integrations
At Boomi, we align a company’s integration tipping point with a data management maturity curve. Our customers typically want us to solve their integration problems.
June 30th, 2017
In this age of smartphones, driverless cars, and artificial intelligence, it’s easy to think that EDI is old hat. The core technology is indeed quite old, dating back to the 1948 Berlin Air Lift, when suppliers and shippers needed to track deliveries of food and supplies to the parts of Berlin under Western control.
Back then, the telecommunications infrastructure was relatively primitive. Communications needed to run over a 300 baud modem.
May 31st, 2017
Integration and API management are at the heart of digital transformation. Unless data and applications are rapidly and seamlessly integrated, digital transformation will fall far short of strategic objectives.
Yet integration and API management are sometimes an afterthought as organizations map out and implement strategies for digital transformation.
That’s a recipe for failure. As a Dell Boomi webinar on Wednesday, June 7, will explore, the rapid deployment of cloud and mobile applications to drive digital transformation has raised the stakes for integration.
April 1st, 2017
Under a mandate from leadership to make the IT infrastructure for PCL Construction more efficient, the company’s technology team realized it needed to bring far greater speed and agility to how they integrated PCL’s growing array of applications.
The company’s existing on-premise middleware system was too expensive and slow-moving, limiting the ability of the +4,000-employee company to modernize its operations, quickly respond to market changes, and rapidly drive business initiatives.
PCL found the answers to this challenge with Dell Boomi’s native-cloud integration platform.