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.
July 27th, 2018
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.
July 9th, 2018
It’s very common for businesses to try to be all things to all people. And, obviously, some have been very successful at it. Remember how Amazon started? Books. Now you can buy just about anything from Amazon — including groceries.
QAD has chosen a different path. This maker of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is focused on one industry —manufacturing. It serves only the largest companies, and as a result, is best in its class.
June 8th, 2018
It is no longer business as usual for utility companies across the globe. Their customers now expect all digital experiences to measure up to the best mobile app, while deregulation, rapidly evolving energy technologies, and the Internet of Things are placing enormous pressure on utility providers to evolve.
To help utility providers modernize their IT infrastructure to drive digital transformation, Accenture has created the Accenture Customer Experience Solution (ACES) for Utilities.
March 16th, 2018
The sales landscape has changed for independent software vendors (ISVs). Customers no longer buy applications based strictly on traditional characteristics such as functionality and scalability.
With software as a service (SaaS) applications becoming the norm, ease of integration has emerged as a key consideration for organizations as they assess their software options. Companies want new apps to plug and play across diverse environments of best-of-breed cloud and on-premise systems. The last thing they want is a complex and months-long integration project.
February 27th, 2018
Coupa helps organizations gain greater visibility and control over how they spend money. Their cloud-based suite of business spend management applications provides a rich set of software for automating the workflows guiding procurement, expenses and accounts payable tasks.
To be most effective, Coupa needs to connect with key data about employees, suppliers, accounts and vendors. Large companies and corporations typically must build a number of interfaces into their other systems (especially ERP) to get the right data into and out of Coupa.
December 14th, 2017
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 their 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.
November 30th, 2017
Moderna Therapeutics, a pioneer in messenger RNA (mRNA) technologies, drives biomedical innovation by harnessing the full power of the cloud.
This approach required integration among a portfolio of applications, including SAP (ERP), Workday (HR), Solium (equity plan management), and Concur (expense reporting). For that, Moderna turned to Dell Boomi.
Boomi’s low-code, native-cloud integration platform allowed Moderna to scale efficiently by integrating systems and automating complex, cross-platform business transactions that included budgeting, vendor payments, and human resources management.
October 9th, 2017
It’s no secret that omnichannel B2B commerce is a must for small and mid-market manufacturers and distributors. They need to do everything they can to compete against larger rivals amid rising customer expectations.
But barriers to entry have traditionally been high, requiring costly and complex legacy systems that are beyond the reach of many SMBs. Handshake, founded in 2010, is changing that equation.
More than 1,500 small and mid-sized companies rely on Handshake’s modern, cloud-based mobile order sales entry and B2B ecommerce applications to grow their business.
September 12th, 2017
If you’ve done any of these things lately: applied for a mortgage or a job, signed a contract, or needed to get multiple parties to sign an agreement, there’s a good chance you’ve used DocuSign. Thanks to DocuSign, there’s no more faxing, scanning and overnighting documents. Legal signatures are now transacted digitally, quickly and securely.
DocuSign is to digital documents and e-signatures what Amazon is to shopping. More than 300,000 companies use DocuSign — accounting for more than 200 million individual users in 188 countries.