By Neil Kole
Every day, employees connect to colleagues via video conference and make decisions through collaboration tools; this has become the new norm. Connecting applications, data, and devices across hybrid, multicloud landscapes with speed and ease increases a business’s efficiency and effectiveness — if it works.
And that’s a big “if.”
There’s an expectation that we live in a connected world and that everything connects and works. But it’s hard for IT teams to connect applications we build ourselves, and even harder to connect applications we didn’t build.
Staying Nimble During Changing Demands
IT teams across the globe are feeling tremendous pressure. There are so many requests for connectivity, but having your IT team spend hours on data integrations isn’t a good use of their time. They should be spending that time innovating or responding to changing business demands. At Boomi, we’ve turned to our integration platform as a service (iPaaS) to handle connectivity requests at scale.
I’ve embraced the mindset that data integrations shouldn’t be only the purview of the IT team. We’ve trained employees with non-technical backgrounds on our low-code integration tools to enable them to self-service and connect the applications, cloud services, and systems that are most critical for their roles.
One example is a new internal employee recognition app our HR department built via low-code technologies. They wanted a way for employees to acknowledge exceptional work from their peers. In a traditional development cycle, this tool would have taken months to create and eaten up a lot of IT resources. Low-code sped up the process, and we now have a cool tool that gives a “high five” to our employees around the globe for their great work.
Low-code isn’t enough to keep up with the connectivity and integration demands of a hybrid business. IT teams must also meet the constantly changing demands of digital transformation, and they must do it in a fast and secure manner. They can accomplish this with technologies underpinned by intelligent connectivity and automation — from robotic process automation to artificial intelligence.
A perfect example is the process Boomi went through as we transitioned away from Dell Technologies in a $4 billion investment deal. Within months, we needed to build an entire infrastructure to stand alone as a new company — IT tech stack, HR system, ERP connections, and much more. That’s thousands of connections across a global workforce. We relied on our own iPaaS and its intelligent automation capabilities to stand up an entire company quicker than would have ever been possible before.
The More Connectivity the Better
Global organizations need connections now more than ever. Boomi is no different. Using low-code intelligent connectivity and automation, we not only transformed the way Boomi runs, but also how many of the world’s leading organizations conduct their day-to-day activities, by building and supporting critical connections in an increasingly disconnected environment.
This blog was originally published on CIO TechTalk.