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How to Grow a Business through Integration

February 24th, 2014 No comments

Going for Growth

You’re ready to take your company to the next level, and know that in order to do this, you’ll need to change the way you do business. How do you better serve your customers, become more competitive, and take on new customers faster without breaking the bank, or over-extending staff and resources?

Processes Ease the Pressure

When it comes to IT, most small to mid-sized businesses face the same challenges: lack of budget and lack of staff. These departments struggle to maintain day-to-day operations, let alone have time to think about long-term strategies to help grow the business. In order to ease the pressure off IT, you’ll need to focus on creating more efficient processes that you can then automate.

Automation Starts with Integration

Before you look at what current processes can be condensed and automated, you need to make sure that all of your systems are, or can be, properly integrated. With a true integrator at the center of your data, you will be able to quickly increase the number of automated connections between applications, data and partner interfaces – without any custom code.

One Integrator to Connect Them All

A true integrator will connect to and exchange data with your existing internal systems, and the systems of your customers, vendors and suppliers. It will give you complete control over your data, and allow you to automate the processes that enable you to easily communicate with all parties, make faster business decisions, and take on new customers in far less time. A true integrator is designed with business “rules of engagement” in mind – meaning, no matter what your IT infrastructure looks like today or in 5 years, you will always comply with new and existing customer requirements. See how EXTOL integrates > 

 

Don’t just get by. Get Smart.

September 17th, 2013 No comments

Linking systems through a single integration platform gets your business moving faster

Over the past few years, there have been many changes in the landscape of enterprise integration.  In the mid to late 90s, there were multiple tools to handle the different integration requirements for data, business to business (B2B) and application to application (A2A).  This meant if your company had to meet all of these integration requirements, you had to either code your own solutions or purchase and support multiple products to solve that one problem, Integration.

Your first integration requirement may have been B2B.  Why?  Mainly because your largest trading partner told you to do it.  They were changing the way they do business and requested that you stop calling in and faxing your orders to them and instead, start sending them electronically.  Most often they would specify the data format, which could be EDI or flat file and later XML.  This single request, with possibly an unrealistic deadline, lead to a quick fix to accommodate this partner.   It wasn’t planned; but it had to happen.  Current projects had to be put on hold and re-prioritized in order to fulfill this request.  Once implemented, the fire is out and you could go back to business.  But, as time goes on, more and more of your trading partners are requesting to do business this way.   This tactical solution soon became an integral part of your normal business activities. Read more…

Integration Keeps You Competitive through Faster Transactions and Visibility

March 11th, 2013 No comments

Increased Process Efficiency and Reduced Latency
The elimination of redundant manual tasks and inefficient processes results in increased efficiency and reduced latency. With a revenue-sensitive set of business processes, such as order to cash processes – where time is literally money, it’s crucial to take latency out of processes. Efficient business integration enables the fast turnaround of orders, invoices, payments and other documents that are involved in the order to cash cycle.

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Error Reduction and Quality Improvement
Business integration allows organizations to automate systems, implement automated validations and look-ups, and provide on-demand visibility. This ensures accuracy of the information, introducing higher levels of quality and a lower level of errors.

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Integration Business Activity Monitoring

November 16th, 2012 No comments

Analyzing process activities “on the fly” to make timely critical business decisions requires a tool that provides end-to-end visibility to both technical and non-technical users. In Nahid Jilovec’s white paper, Top Ten “Must Haves” of an Integration Solution, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) is cited as a major piece of your integration solution to ensure that all processes are running smoothly.

A good integration solution should provide real-time views of all end-to-end transactions, processes and events through the use of configurable dashboards, flexible report creation, and rules-based alerts and notifications. With a BAM solution, you can define what data will be displayed and how. For example, you can apply filters to your key performance indicator (KPI) reports to identify which of your trading partners are hitting your system the most over a specified period of time. You might also want to create a view to show the status of key system operations like the integration server or a series of queues.

To assist in identifying which processes came from a specific event, the BAM solution should allow users to easily create and run log filters over processes. Because integration solutions keep a log of all inbound and outbound transactions, users can design their own custom log searches based on status or results.

Check out the Top Ten “Must Haves” of an Integration Solution white paper to help measure if your integration solution truly provides more streamlined processes, full on-demand visibility, and accurate reporting.

Mapping Strategies for e-Business Integration – Part 1

November 8th, 2012 No comments

When facing the challenge to reduce the cost of data transformation mapping in e-business integration, you might want to consider the method of sharing reusable base maps. In Part 1 of the Mapping Strategies for e-Business Integration webcast, your host, Jim O’Leary, explains the value of cloud-based pattern sharing by shifting the focus of reuse from base maps to mapping patterns and supplementing pattern-driven mapping with other automated methods.

Learn new ways to help reduce mapping costs by up to 90%: Launch the Webcast >>

Want to know more? Download a free companion white paper that outlines this new e-business mapping strategy.