ABSI - far beyond system integration

On 18 May 2017     By Jacques Van Themsche      Dell , Boomi


The end of the 80’s and the beginning of the 90’s was the golden age for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems like SAP. Anyone who was involved in computing wanted to be part of it. Believe me or not, at that time, its attraction was similar to what is happening with Salesforce today. One of the key factors of its success was the inherent integration between the different modules (Sales & Distribution, Material Management, Finance and Controlling) hence the data and process integrity from start to finish and no double data entry.

The beginning of the 90’s was also the infancy of the Internet, with a massive usage by the mid 90’s. This was a revolution in the way IT was apprehended. The new millennium saw the appearance of new concepts like user interface, customer satisfaction and a totally new approach of consuming software and technologies. Anyone can go on the Web and buy his own license for any type of service. This is the advent of SaaS (Software as a Service) and Cloud computing. Very soon after, Salesforce.com became the #1 in that area.

As rapidly, the arrival of such software, easy to buy, easy to use, easy to adapt and moreover, built on top of modern technologies will make the monolithic ERP look old-fashion. However, in most cases, the ERP will remain the backbone of companies. While the new cloud solutions are being used by the frontend functions, they will still need to have access to the ERP’s master data and transactions. An immediate consequence of this is the drastic increase of integration demands between Cloud and on premise applications. 

Data integration challenges

And this is my point actually. Data integration, data integrity, data accuracy, data availability anywhere, anytime is (and will remain for a while) the biggest challenge for companies.

According to Gartner : 

  • By 2017, in large organizations, at least 65% of new integration flows will be developed outside the control of IT departments
  • By 2018, more than 50% cost of implementing 90% of new large systems will be spent on integration 
  • By 2020, less than 20% of multinationals will continue to plan and adopt an ERP strategy based on a single-instance mega suite 
As an example, I used to work for a large manufacturing company which exchanged around 200K records per day between SAP and Salesforce! Let’s consider that handling each record manually will take in average 1 min. The numerous integration flows perform 200.000 minutes of manual work, i.e 3.333 hours or 416 working days. In other words, these integration flows are equivalent to the workload of 416 agents in one day.

In the light of this demonstration (based on underestimated figures) it is obvious that integrations are critical nowadays and require a truly professional, reliable and sustainable architectural strategy.

At ABSI, we have been exploring the main integration platforms and our conclusion is that Dell Boomi is clearly ahead of the competition. We are convinced that Dell Boomi will leave his footprint in the iPaas (Integration Platform as a Service) landscape the same way Salesforce did it for CRM and SAP for ERP earlier on. 
It’s not a coincidence that Gartner ranked Dell Boomi as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service for the 4th year in a row since 2014.
To respond to the constant demand to speed up the time to market of critical projects including integrations, a native-cloud development and management environment like Dell Boomi is the perfect answer for IT departments.

Many organizations that rely on legacy integration tools constantly miss delivery deadlines. They underestimate or simply accept the time and technical skills required to use softwares based on yesteryear’s technologies. But the speed difference between a native-cloud iPaaS and a traditional on-premise middleware is dramatic. Integration projects that took months or even years with old approaches can now be done in weeks or days with a modern, native-cloud iPaaS.

10 good reasons to adopt Dell Boomi, NOW :

  1. Market leader, proven solution, 5.300+ customers (incl. 130 of Fortune 500 companies)
  2. Simple and intuitive visual user interface helps to build integration flows for the most complex hybrid, on-premise and cloud architecture 
  3. No hardware or software costs, no maintenance overhead
  4. Delivers fast, scalable, enterprise-class integration completely in the cloud
  5. Supports, out of the box, 100+ connectors to almost any on premise or cloud application like Amazon, Microsoft Dynamics, NetSuite, Oracle, SalesForce, SAP, Sielbel, Twitter...
  6. Leverages crowd intelligence with features like “Boomi Suggest “, “Boomi Resolve” and “Boomi Assure” 
  7. Provides economies of skill across different integration scenarios
  8. Provides a centralized monitoring dashboard for all your integration flows
  9. Proven scalability : Traffic volume is available on trust.boomi.com
  10. Beside integration, Dell Boomi also offers API and Master Data management

How do you manage your data and application integration projects ? Are you making point to point integration with custom built integration, using an enterprise wide ESB or have you already switched to an iPaas solution ? In any case we will be delighted to discuss this with you and  guide you through your integration journey. Feel free to contact us.