Why integration helps best-of-breed software, and businesses

The dominance of the integrated software suite is coming to an end. In their place, the trend now is for organizations to select best-of-breed (BoB) applications that suit a department or division, and then ensure adequate integration between them – the ‘postmodern ERP’ syndrome. What is the enabler that is making the BoB trend possible, and why is it good for business?

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How to integrate Sage One with Salesforce

How to build an integration between Sage One and Salesforce. This example shows how someone with basic development skills can easily create the integration

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What manufacturers should know about software integration

General Electric chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt, recently commented “staying relevant in today’s interconnected world is not a function of hierarchy or geography, but immediacy. It’s not what you control vertically, but how you connect horizontally.”
So it’s not size that counts, but connectedness. For manufacturers this means ensuring that all your systems are integrated is going to more critical than ever.

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You need a new integration architecture to be a digital business

Businesses are poised on the brink of massive change and disruption as the digital and physical worlds combine. In order to be ready, organizations need to start looking at the integration of their disparate systems.

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Integration excellence is essential to bimodal IT

In an interesting example of synchronicity, an article in and a Gartner webinar nicely complemented each other. The CIO article warned CIOs of an impending ‘tsunami’ of technology change and disruption. The webinar discussed how “Bimodal IT Is the Best Way to Deliver Application Rationalization”. What relates these items is the critical question they address: How can organizations transform their business quickly enough in an age of disruption? The answer from Andy Kyte is that it requires a two-speed, or bimodal, approach to IT, but with a new competence.

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3 best practice tips for data integration

The world of business systems is expanding, and with it, the need for integrating those systems. Instead of just one main system, the system of record or ERP system, there are systems of engagement, systems of insight, and coming soon, systems of automation. CIOs and IT managers should start looking at data integration as a key capability, and with that understand how to handle the common issues of data integration.

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Staying profitable as a systems integrator in the cloud

Systems integrators (SIs) are getting squeezed, according to analysts who track the industry. The combination of cloud computing and as-a-service providers means that traditional SI business customers find they can meet their needs through other ways. SIs can however continue to be profitable by adopting a different strategy for cloud computing.

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The challenge of self-service integration

What do CIOs and IT managers do when they can’t respond quickly enough to business users’ requests for information? Businesses are increasingly combining the digital and physical worlds – known as digital business. Because digital businesses tend to move and respond quickly, IT departments must accept the need to respond faster to business users’ requests. One way to deal with this is to allow for light-weight, self-service data and application integration so that users can get data themselves.

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Steps to avoid cloud vendor lock-in

A recent article pointed out that getting a clear indication of the costs of a cloud platform, like Amazon's AWS or Microsoft Azure, isn't as easy as you might think. So what happens if your business commits to a cloud platform and then you find... Read More

Use adaptive integration to shake up your integration strategy

In November, the Gartner analyst VP responsible for application integration published an article on LinkedIn calling on CIOs to re-think their integration strategy. With the pressures of digital business, traditional vs agile IT (What Gartner calls bimodal IT), and other technology changes, Gartner reckons CIOs…

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