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August 16th, 2018

How to Build an Integration Center of Excellence

Posted by Jordan Braunstein on August 16th, 2018
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In a previous blog post, “Why Every Enterprise Needs an Integration Center of Excellence,” I wrote about the difference an integration center of excellence (ICoE) can make to your organization. The benefits include faster integration development with more predictive results. IT investments deliver better returns, and your enterprise becomes more agile and responsive.

But if your enterprise doesn’t have an ICoE today, how can you build one? I’ve worked with some of the largest, most dynamic organizations in the world on their integration projects, and I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t.

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August 14th, 2018

Low-Code Integration Helps Hardworking Bots Earn Their Keep

Posted by Thameem Khan on August 14th, 2018
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Imagine a world where all your manual, mundane tasks could be completely automated. Where you have a personal assistant who knows how and where to get things for you. It can constantly learn about you and can be ready and able to help at all times. Utopia!

Well, we’re not quite at a utopia yet. But we’re getting closer. There are a lot of contributing technologies helping move things forward. Bots are one of them.

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August 13th, 2018

Integration: Key Ingredient for Transforming Chain Restaurant Industry

Posted by Hariharan Ganesh on August 13th, 2018
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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.

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August 10th, 2018

Boomi Veteran Internship Program: Building New Careers in Technology

Posted by Charles Waltner on August 10th, 2018
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Despite a strong work ethic and dedication to accomplishing a mission, many military veterans find it difficult to land a fulfilling job once they complete their careers with the U.S. armed forces.

Corporate business life requires time to experience and learn. Also, it’s not always easy for employers to see how skills acquired in the military can translate to the private sector.

But they can. And they do. This happens every day in Dell Boomi’s Veteran Internship Program.

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August 8th, 2018

The API Economy: Part of a Bigger Integration Picture

Posted by Sean Collins on August 8th, 2018
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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:

  1. What we’re hearing about APIs from CIOs
  2. 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?

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August 5th, 2018

Europe’s Quest for the Connected Business Ideal

Posted by Charles Waltner on August 5th, 2018
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Integration is the key topic for European companies, according to a recent Dell Boomi survey of more than 300 IT executives in the U.K., Germany and the Nordic nations of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Across Europe, all kinds of businesses recognize the vital and growing importance of integration for their applications and data.

The survey, conducted for Dell Boomi by the market research firm Vanson Bourne, shows that organizations across Europe believe that integration is a foundational element for building connected businesses.

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July 30th, 2018

An Integration Team of One: Q&A with Community Champion, Leif Jacobsen

Posted by Charles Waltner on July 30th, 2018
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The Boomi Community is the hub of our relationship with customers. It’s 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.

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July 27th, 2018

Demystifying Integration: Answering the Questions You Were Afraid to Ask

Posted by Nicholas Mortensen on July 27th, 2018
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Gartner has an adoption curve that it applies to emerging technologies. The curve has five stages:

  • Innovation trigger
  • Peak of inflated expectations
  • Trough of disillusionment
  • Slope of enlightenment
  • Plateau of productivity.

The concept of integration falls somewhere between the “trough of disillusionment” and the “slope of enlightenment.” Integration as a technology has been around for a while. Most people have heard the word enough times that they think they know what it means — until they are asked to define it.

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July 26th, 2018

Why Every Enterprise Needs an Integration Center of Excellence

Posted by Jordan Braunstein on July 26th, 2018
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At Visual Integrator Consulting, we have the pleasure of working with Fortune 2000 companies on integration projects and building in-house capabilities for integration and digital transformation.

One of the companies we recently worked with perfectly illustrates why so many enterprises today need an integration center of excellence (ICoE), also known as an integration competency center (ICC).

This company had some strong talent in its IT department, but it was treating each integration project as a blank-slate endeavor.

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July 25th, 2018

The Foundation of the Connected Business Is a Unified Integration Platform

Posted by Ranjana Haridas on July 25th, 2018
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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.

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