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Operational Intelligence in iPaaS

Operational intelligence (OI) is a classification of real-time dynamic, business analytics that delivers visibility and insight into data, streaming events and business operations. It’s a perspective to data analysis that enables decisions and actions in business operations to be based on real-time data as it’s gathered by systems and applications. Typically, the data analysis process is automated, and the analysed information is integrated into operational support systems for immediate use by key decision makers and influencers.

As iPaaS is about providing organizations a simplified, standardized way to connect applications, data, processes, and services across systems and environments, companies can start building a streaming architecture with platforms like DXchange that makes it possible and easy to gather, formulate, analyse, and report intelligence from high-volume, high-velocity data (structured, semi-structured, or unstructured) from varied set of sources in real time, and share with any system regardless of its technology and location.

At a very high level, OI needs support for following:

  • 1. Real-time monitoring
  • 2. Real-time situation detection
  • 3. Real-time dashboards
  • 4. Root cause analysis
  • 5. Multi-protocol logs collection
  • 6. Automated handlers for error scenarios
  • 7. Separate Dashboards for Process, B2B and API Flows
  • 8. Capability of Reprocessing Integrations from any Step
  • 9. Tracking Key Performance Indicators
  • 10. Enhanced Logging for Process and Connectivity
  • 11. Visibility into requests in Queues (Inbound, Outbound & Failed Transaction Queues)

Above features will help customers in following ways:

  • 1. Reduce Level 1 severity incidents by 90%
  • 2. Reduce system/interface downtime by real time alerting
  • 3. Reduce MTTR (Mean Time to Resolution) leading to better SLAs
  • 4. Pinpoint to the exact failure, helping in faster resolution
  • 5. Deep in-depth monitoring of everything flowing through the Platform

All above features in a true enterprise grade iPaaS, with support for Application Integration, Replication and Data synchronization, Event processing, ETL, Data federation, Messaging etc. with Performance, Ease of use, Security & being Cost effective, with support for both Cloud and on-premises applications is the need of the hour.

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B2B Integration Platform and its Key Components

Digitalization has made business transactions with various partners (vendors, suppliers, customers, other organizations, etc.) highly efficient. The manual processing of information is inefficient and error-prone. Today, many companies have found that manual processing is not viable in a digitally-connected world. Business-to-Business (B2B) integration is the process of automating the business processes of an organization and its trading partners (supplier, vendors, and customers) for carrying out business transactions. B2B integration solutions provide a platform for trading partners to communicate and collaborate effectively.

About B2B Integration Platform

The B2B integration platform helps organizations to integrate all their business processes across their trading partners in a single gateway. B2B integration software provides a technology architecture to digitize information and improve the process of working with customers, suppliers and other partners. B2B integration helps in increasing the speed and improving the productivity of conducting digital transactions.

Key Components of a B2B Integration Platform

B2B Gateway Software: B2B Gateway is required to provide secure, guaranteed delivery of files and messages from your enterprise applications to those of your business partners. The gateway performs routing, tracking, configuration, administration and exception handling.

IP Comms Adapters: A library of communications adapters is needed to exchange files and messages with business partners using open standards such as FTP, AS2, MQ and SOAP.

Enterprise Application Adapters: A collection of application adapters to interface with your behind-the-firewall applications from SAP, Oracle, Infor, Microsoft or other specialized vendors.

Cloud Connectors: A library of cloud connectors to interface with popular SaaS applications such as Netsuite, Workday, Salesforce.com, Concur or Amazon Web Services.

Translation Software: The translation server is needed to convert messages received in one format such as EDI into another format such as XML.

Most of these core components are packaged with or sold as add-ons to the B2B Gateway.

Other Key Components

These days most companies are not limiting their B2B integration platforms to just the core components. Most of the companies are also implementing:

Business Activity Monitoring: Monitors the transactions for exception scenarios or patterns that an organization might want to be alerted to.

Business Process Management: To orchestrate more complex, multi-step business processes whose path may vary depending upon which customer the organization is interacting with or the product line being supported.

Business Rules Engines: For many years, companies have heavily coded business logic in their maps. But with the emergence of specialized business rules engines, the translation of the data is increasingly being separated from the data validation and conditional business logic.

Hardware and Infrastructure for B2B Integration Platform

Now we will look into what hardware and infrastructure, an organization will need in the data center to run it:

Server Hardware: First of all, the organization will need servers to run the B2B integration gateway, managed file transfer software and the associated databases.

Storage: The size of the storage array required will depend upon how long an organization wishes to archive your messages and files. If a company is subjected to regulations such as the EU e-invoicing directive, it may need to keep messages for up to 10 years.

Operating System: A business needs to acquire licenses for Windows Server, a Linux distribution or one of the various UNIX operating systems. It may need virtualization software as well.

Database Server: Most integration software depends upon a relational database to store transactions and provide reporting. Since B2B integration is mission critical, the organization might want to configure its database for high availability which will require additional licenses and setup work.

It is important to note that an organization will need to purchase not only the production runtime licenses for these software packages, but also rights to use them in a disaster recovery center. It is also considered a best practice to set up a development environment and a testing or pre-production environment. Each of these environments will require additional hardware, software licenses and infrastructure setup.

Rationale for shifting to cloud-based integration platform

Any organization looking to set up a B2B Integration platform needs to spend a lot of CapEx for the software and hardware components as discussed above. To spend this much CapEx the organization will need to make a business case to its CIO and possibly the CFO’s of the organization. The process of seeking budget approval, purchasing the technology and configuring the infrastructure could take 3-6 months.

Does this sound like a lot of work? It is. But there is an easier approach which is less time consuming and less expensive. Consider a cloud-based integration platform for your B2B needs. A cloud-native integration platform like DXchange Integration Cloud provides an infrastructure for connecting and collaborating with any platform, any application, anywhere. It is a Unified Integration Platform where Enterprises can seamlessly and securely integrate cloud applications and on-premises legacy applications using click and configure approach.

B2B mapping scenarios are always complex and with an in-built visual data mapper, it makes it even more easy for the users. DX Mapper from DXchange Integration Cloud provides a powerful, user friendly drag and drop, intuitive interface in applying the business logic. It is a web-based interface and we don’t need to install studio-like applications to perform the mapping.

DXchange B2B Integration platform is a modern approach that supports partner ecosystem enablement by integrating their business processes and people. The platform ensures secure & guaranteed delivery of files and messages from Enterprise Applications to those of the Business Partners. It is secure & supports routing, tracking, data cleansing, configuration, administration & exception handling.

To know more about DXchange Integration Cloud or book a demo, contact us today.

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Data Mapping and its importance in Data Management

Every organization deals with massive amounts of data coming from various sources. This data may be present in different formats and hence it is difficult to integrate it into a single source for the analysts to analyze and gain insights. Data mapping is an important part in integrating data and it plays a crucial role in data management processes like data integration, data migration and data transformation. Data Mapping is the process of mapping data fields from a source format to a target format. Every application has a defined schema and rules, and Data Mapping describes how the data from two different applications would be mapped with each other.

Data Mapping is an important step in Data Management:

Data Mapping is an important step in Data Integration, Data Migration and Data Transformation processes. Data Mapping logic will determine the data quality of these data management processes and any inaccuracy in the mappings will have a huge impact on all these processes.

Data Transformation:

Data Transformation is the process of converting data from one format to another format, more importantly, from source format to the destination format. It includes cleaning data by converting data types, removing duplicate data and enriching the data etc., based on the needs of the project. Data Mapping forms a crucial stage in Data Transformation. It creates a set of instructions which is needed for the data conversion to take place. Data Mapping supports data manipulation functions which are applied to data as and when it is transformed from source format to the destination format. During the data transformation process, data mapping determines how to map, filter or modify the data fields as per the requirement of the new data type.

Data Migration:

Data migration is the process of transferring the data from one application to another. Though there are many steps in the data migration process, data mapping is one of the crucial steps in the process. The process of creating maps by writing code or using scripting languages is a developer centric approach, which will impact the timelines as well as budgets. Hence having a data mapping platform like DX Mapper which provides a graphical, user friendly drag and drop and code-free interface to do data mapping, will help in migrating the data to the target source successfully.

Data Integration:

Data Integration plays a crucial role in driving data from multiple sources like applications, databases, devices etc., into a single platform. In order to have a perfect integration, the source data fields and the target data fields must have the same schema. But, it is uncommon that any two data sources will have the same schema. Data Mapping helps connect the differences in the source data schema and that of the destination and allows organizations to integrate the information from different data sources. A comprehensive Hybrid Integration Platform like DXchange Integration Cloud provides business agility to enterprises by connecting applications, data, devices both on-premises and in the cloud and helps the enterprises to be digitally transformed.

Conclusion:

Data Mapping is a key step in many stages of data management processes like data transformation, data integration and data migration. Data mapping is a complex, resource-intensive process if done manually and requires complete knowledge about source and target data fields. Hence it is important to choose a sophisticated data mapping tool like DX Mapper having a powerful, user friendly drag and drop, intuitive no-code interface to prevent errors and reduce the time taken for mapping data. As organizations continue to look to integrate data from various sources, the priority must be to choose the right data mapping tool that will be the best fit for an enterprise.

To know more about DXchange Integration Cloud or book a demo, contact us today.

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Map as a Service – Industry’s first cloud-native Visual Data Mapper

Today, organizations collect information from various data sources and the data they collect may be present in different formats. To integrate data from different sources for analysis and gaining insights, data mapping is used, which is the process of mapping data fields from a source format to a target format. There are many data mapping tools available in the market. It is important to select the data mapping solution that will be the best fit for an enterprise. This may involve identifying the organization’s unique data mapping requirements and important features. Most of the Integration Platforms rely on some scripting language to perform data mapping, which is developer centric. Though iPaaS platforms had to address this gap, they are still not focusing on the core aspect of any integration project, which is data mapping and ease of orchestration. Enterprises are left with no option other than using XSLT mapping or a scripting language to perform data transformation. Map as a service is the answer to an organization’s exhaustive search for the right data mapping solution.

So, let’s look into the definition of Map as a service:
Map as a service is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications to support most advanced data transformation logic of any to any formats, and can be exposed as a REST API for external applications

DXchange Integration Cloud, an enterprise grade integration platform offers Map as a service, which is cloud-native and a cost-effective solution, which eliminates the need for installing desktop based studio applications and host applications to perform data mapping, instead can design and host the mapping logic in the cloud, and invoke the Map as a REST API from their applications.

Some of the key features of Map as a service are:

Graphical, Drag-and-Drop, Code-Free User Interface: DX Mapper provides a powerful, user friendly drag and drop, intuitive interface in applying the business logic. It is a web-based interface and we don’t need to install a studio-like applications to perform the mapping.

Provides support for a wide variety of Data formats: DX Mapper supports data mapping for structured formats like Relational Databases, XML, JSON, EDI, IDOC, Flat files (fixed length, delimited and hierarchical), CSV etc.

Extensive library of built-in functions: DX Mapper provides extensive library of data manipulation functions for handling complex business logic in one single interface. Allows user to define logic based on conditions, booleans, list functions, string functions, datetime functions.

Automatic Type Conversion of Data types: DX Mapper supports automatic handling of data type conversion when the source and target objects are of incompatible data-types.

Lookup Tables: DX Mapper supports Lookup feature which can help converting from one code to other code. Instead of hardcoding the codes in the map, user can create a lookup table and have all the codes and values setup at one place.

Unified platform: DXchange Integration Cloud supports Application, B2B/EDI and API Integrations along with in-built Visual data mapping solution in one single unified platform.

Map as a service from DXchange Integration Cloud is a cost effective solution and comes with Industry’s first Cloud-native Visual Data Mapper. It offers plenty of features and comes with a user-friendly no-code platform with a drag and drop interface. It supports a wide variety of structured and unstructured data, like XML, EDI, IDOC, JSON, Flat Files, CSV, PDF, database tables etc.

Thus, Map as a service from DXchange Integration Cloud, is the best data mapping solution that an enterprise can get.

To know more about DXchange Integration Cloud or book a demo, contact us today.

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How to Select a Hybrid Integration Platform for Your Business?

Every enterprise is aspiring and striving for digital transformation these days. Against a background of changing technology and business requirements, enterprises are looking to revamp their integration strategy. Nowadays there is a plethora of cloud and on-prem applications, devices, and systems deployed in the business ecosystem, each catering to specific needs. The traditional middleware technologies such as point to point integrations, ESB (Electronic Server Bus) have their limitations when it comes to application/data integration requirements driven by digitization and changing customer expectations.

Enterprises are looking at cloud-native hybrid integration platforms (HIP), offering flexibility, scalability and greater agility to streamline their integration pursuits. Not just this, there are multiple factors which have given rise to the adoption of hybrid integration platform –

* Traditional IT integrations struggle to scale up to cater to the proliferation of cloud-based apps

* LOB users no longer willing to depend on IT and wait for months for the deployment of integrations for critical projects

* Businesses are experiencing a shorter sales cycle and demanding the quick return of investments

* Rapidly changing business scenarios that require modernizing the current business practices such as migration of data to the cloud, expediting trading partners

The journey to adopt a hybrid integration platform needs to be tread carefully. Enterprises need to carve out a plan meticulously that layouts the roadmap for them. Let’s look at the few considerations which are typically involved while choosing a hybrid integration platform.

1. Due Diligence of Current Requirements – Before finalizing your HIP strategy, an enterprise needs to study the existing integration practices, business expansion initiatives planned for near future and identifying the integration gaps which might impact data integration and data management goals. Also, a detailed change management plan comprising security and compliance issues, and migration of on-prem applications to a cloud ecosystem without causing any shutdown to the current system needs to be developed and shared with the wider IT team.

2. Availability of Skilled Expertise – A HIP platform once implemented would be sufficient to be used by LOB and IT users equally. But the initial deployment needs skilled integration specialists to monitor and maintain the integration platform. A cloud-native hybrid integration platform will need a highly skilled and trained team for continuous delivery, automatic deployment, and support for frequent changes.

3. Phased Implementation Approach – A HIP is supposed to bring the best of both worlds (on-prem and cloud) at the disposal of an enterprise. Hence, a phased implementation approach is needed to move swiftly moving the business ecosystem towards your HIP strategy. You might need to reuse parts of the existing integration systems and complementing it with the HIP to slowly modernize your legacy integration.

Some other factors such as moving towards a microservices architecture, investment in APIs are also some of the considerations while formulating a HIP strategy. An enterprise needs to take a holistic view of the existing background and future to-be state to make an educated decision for selecting a hybrid integration platform.

DXchange Integration Cloud is one such alternative available to today’s enterprises. It provides a cloud-native hybrid integration platform for your enterprise’s integration needs. It offers plenty of features and comes with a user-friendly no-code platform with a drag and drop interface, which are not just only suitable for the enterprise integration needs, but good enough to give a strong push to their overall digital transformation journey.

To know more about DXchange Integration Cloud or book a demo, contact us today.

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How an Integration Platform Can Help in Procure to Pay(P2P) Automation?

Procure to pay process are generally responsible for improving the strength of enterprise cash flow and bottom line. In general terms, Procure-to-Pay(P2P) is the process of integrating purchasing and accounts payable systems. It’s a purchasing cycle which starts at procuring raw material, vendor selection, enforcing compliance, reconciliations and ends at invoicing and payment. For most of the companies, a procure to pay cycle has gained a strategic position as purchasing is no longer considered as a siloed function.

Of all the years, P2P processes were set up manually resulting in operational inefficiencies, spend visibility and compliance issues etc. To reap the maximum benefits, the P2P processes have to be connected to a wide array of business applications such as ERP, HRM, Logistics, Warehouses, SCM, AR, AP etc. For instance, P2P processes combined with AR processes can drastically improve the cash flows and hence it is important to have seamless connectivity between P2P and AP processes through a meticulously planned integration initiative.

An integration platform can significantly help in establishing P2P automation. It can enable procurement processes to be tightly coupled with other business applications especially finance. These days enterprises opting for a Procure-to-Pay solution can’t afford to build inhouse point-to-point integrations for each application and they are looking to build express integrations for immediate business results.

Focusing on P2P integration during its initial deployment makes it easy to create a single master data view of suppliers/vendors and helps in their quick onboarding to the new system. Not just this, there are multiple benefits of an integration platform offers for getting the maximum value out of your P2P automation initiative. Let’s look at them in detail –

1. Plug and Play Connectivity – Having an integration platform supporting your P2P solution will give you the advantage of serving your customers with a solution connector. The P2P solution can be deployed and connected with the bigger business ecosystem and applications quickly with the help of the connector. Gone are the days, where it would take weeks or months to get the P2P solution up and running. Now businesses can get their purchase cycle streamlined with an out-of-box P2P solution connector.

2. Reduced IT Complexity – An integration platform will provide support for integrating P2P solution with all the business applications. This way the integration logic doesn’t scatter in different applications hosted on the cloud or on-prem and eradicates the need for maintaining multiple codes for each point-to-point integration. This reduces IT architecture complexity, removes infrastructure silos and offers scalability.

3. Business User Accessibility – An integration platform with an interactive interface can help a business user to integrate P2P solution without involving the tech team. They can make customizations to the integrations, map the P2P process with ERP accurately and create workflow automation as per the required business case without the involvement of additional manpower and IT users; thus, expediting the whole P2P automation process.

4. Higher Productivity and Efficiency – For companies having a wide scale of operations across multiple geographies, it becomes mandatory to achieve scalable, streamlined, and low-risk integration. They have to connect existing purchasing and payables processes to have a controlled view of the back-office operations. Because P2P solutions are cloud-based, it becomes easy for the enterprises to maintain the single instance of the data. An integration platform helps in providing a consolidated access to P2P solution across the enterprise. All the users have complete visibility on the P2P workflows and the real- time insights which removes silos and bring people and processes together and help in driving productivity.

In a nutshell, enterprises planning for P2P automation can deploy an external integration platform which can help in their integration pursuits. DXchange integration Cloud is well-equipped to align existing processes to business requirements, across different systems and locations.

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Scaling Up Your EDI and B2B Integration Strategy in Today’s Time

While EDIs have facilitated B2B Integration scenarios to efficiently and securely communicate with all the members of their business ecosystem such as customers, suppliers and vendors, including trading partners, the decades’ old technology has its limitations. Specifically, when it comes to legacy EDI systems to integrate with cloud-based applications and expediting the trading partner onboarding through integrating with their business ecosystems. The need of the hour is to have a modern integration platform which can help in EDI cloud integration. EDIs for years have been fueling businesses growth and efficiency, let’s see how a modern integration platform could help in improving your EDI and B2B integration strategy.

Traditionally, though having EDIs is an expensive investment, once implemented it results in cost savings. According to research from GS1 UK – A major American company reported a reduction in its order processing costs from $38/order to $1.35/order with EDI. While using EDI is a lucrative proposition but maintaining legacy EDIs can result in high costs. This is mainly because when more trading partners get added to the business ecosystem, an enterprise needs to add additional resources and infrastructure to get the data from systems that are decades old and connect them to newer technologies/systems. It needs a significant amount of investments to keep the legacy EDIs up and running and coping with the modern requirements. A modern integration platform like DXchange EDI Gateway can easily scale up to support any amount of data integration along with high volume and without IT teams needing to purchase new hardware and software.

The movement to the cloud-based environment has seen unprecedented growth and EDIs were made to run on-premise behind the corporate firewall. EDI’s contain crucial business data which needs to be integrated with the SaaS apps such as CRM tools, ERPs etc. In other words, they need to support cloud connectivity. Otherwise, businesses would lose out on workflow automation and operational efficiencies. An EDI Gateway can help in integrating EDI Systems with Enterprise Applications, SaaS hosted on the cloud and on-premises for business reliability, visibility and extensibility.

Any disruption to an EDI can have ramifications for an enterprise supply chain. Legacy EDI is hosted on-prem without any disaster recovery plan or backup. A downtime in EDI can slow down a partner onboarding process and impacts supplier management. A cloud-native hybrid integration platform which is built in a cloud provides secure EDI transactions and provides real-time availability of the data to support business operations 24*7.

Moreover, on the expertise side, EDIs require frequent customizations to suit multiple trading partners requirements. Enterprises need to maintain a pool of available EDI specialists to drive upgrades and improvements. A cloud EDI Gateway with a drag and drop interface can help even an LoB user to quickly build EDI connections without any interventions from EDI experts. All this comes with security, safety and makes sure the EDI system remains updated with the latest requirements.

DXchange Integration Cloud for EDI

The pursuit of digital transformation has led enterprises taking integration as a strategic area of concern. DXchange Integration Cloud completely modernizes EDI Gateway, thus allowing enterprises extensibility to integrate EDI Systems with Enterprise Applications, SaaS hosted on cloud and on-premises. The hybrid connectivity offered by DXchange lets an enterprise to inch closer towards achieving agile supply chains and to become proactive rather than being reactive.

Looking for an EDI cloud integration solution? Book a demo for DXchange Integration Cloud and see how a modern approach to EDI and B2B integration could create positive outcomes for your business.

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7 Key Data Integration Trends to Watch out in 2020

Businesses around the world are advocating for connected customer experiences, which is one of the key objectives of Digital Transformation (DX). Integration plays a vital role in an enterprise’s digital transformation journey, by connecting various data sources, applications and devices. It is an integral part of an enterprise’ technology landscape to have seamless connectivity between the different components of its business ecosystem. The last decade started the emergence of cloud-based applications and presented its utility to the world, the year 2020 and the decade following it promises to deliver on the idea of a connected world and data integration would be at the core of its operations. This blog is aimed to look at the key data integration trends shaping up the upcoming year 2020.

• The Rise of Hybrid Integration Platform (HIP)
• APIs at the Centerstage of Business Performance
• Push Towards Consistent and Connected Customer Experiences
• Secure B2B Integration/ EDI Integration
• Real-Time Integration to Power Business Needs
• Proliferation of IoT
• Empowering Users for Enterprise Synergies

Let’s look at each of these in detail –

Data Integration Trend 1 – The Rise of Hybrid Integration Platforms (HIP) – Since the evolution of IT, data has always been confined as an in-house asset as it gives greater control and accountability to the enterprise. However, the confluence of digital technologies and a multifold increase in big data led to decentralized data management. At a given time, businesses are juggling with various digital transformation initiatives. The traditional methods of using legacy integration solutions are not adaptive enough to cater to the needs of connecting multiple endpoints hosted on-premises or on the cloud.

Such situations need a specialized hybrid integration platform (HIP) which can be well amalgamated with the existing underlying infrastructure and can embrace the cloud ecosystem equally. As per Gartner, by 2022 at least 65% of large organizations will have implemented an HIP to power their digital transformation. And why not, after all a HIP provides all the necessary tools for the users to develop, deploy and govern the customized integration workflows to meet the requirements of their intended use cases.

Data Integration Trend 2 – APIs at the Centerstage of Business Performance – APIs (Application Programming Interface) has been around for years as a fundamental part of any software. Off lately, businesses around the world have realized the power of APIs that make them position themselves as a strategic partner rather than merely being a solution provider. When it comes to digitization, customers are looking at a shorter sales cycle and expediting integrations of the SaaS applications to their existing infrastructure. APIs are a lifeline of such digital transformation initiatives as it effectively addresses the connectivity issue of the modern business ecosystem.

APIs are changing the way software is developed and brought to the market. More and more enterprises are exposing their product APIs to the third parties to build compatible integration solutions which are readily available, hence bringing people, businesses and things together.

Data Integration Trend 3 – Push Towards Consistent and Connected Customer Experiences – Customer is the king and always has been. In a digital world, there are multiple touchpoints through which a customer interacts with an enterprise’s and its product/services. Integration comes to the rescue of IT leaders when it comes to offer a consistent experience to the customers and make them feel a part of the business ecosystem. There are multiple applications which need to be integrated together to provide a connected experience, in other words, a multi-channel integration.

The multi-channel integration is of paramount importance as it makes or breaks a customer loyalty towards enterprise businesses. In fact, a connected customer experience can also help businesses to gain crucial insights into customer journey right from awareness to decision making, from their expectations to needs and to further simplify their sales cycle and enhancing various touchpoints for truly unified customer experience. After all, customer delight is enterprise delight!

Data Integration Trend 4 – Secure B2B Integration/ EDI Integration – EDI or Electronic Data Interchange standards have paved the way for B2B transactions and enable the business between the trading partners for years now. Moreover, the need to connect digitally with your business partners has gained momentum and that’ why business-to-business (B2B) integration technologies are increasing in demand.

B2B integration requires a sophisticated solution in place that can tackle with each enterprise’s protocols, governance, security and business rules. Each enterprise has its own ERP system and unique standard data formats for documents such as purchase orders, invoice, shipping documents, etc. In fact, the EDIs are often customized by enterprises with additional or modified data fields to their own specific needs. The eventual goal of B2B integration is to seamlessly integrate these disparate sources for exchanging business transactions. Quick partner onboarding, comprehensive visibility into supply chain and reliability are some of the major benefits of a B2B Integration.

Data Integration Trend 5 – Real-Time Integration to Power Business Needs – The advent of technologies has made the world a smaller place to live. The rise of e-commerce, social media and wearables have changed the way we live and communicate with our surroundings. The one thing that remains common is data. Data is the most strategic asset for any organization, and it has led to the emergence of analytics-driven organizations.

The transition to cloud demands real-time business intelligence and business updates which cannot be handled by the traditional methods of ETL and point to point integrations. Specifically for businesses like e-commerce which demands real-time data synchronization between systems across various Point of Sale – desktop PCs, laptops need robust integration platform that can deal with the heterogenous data sources along with the other strategic issues such as pushing the data from source to destination without altering its meaning, dealing with data inconsistencies and data value conflicts, providing secured data, and auditing the integration data.

Data Integration Trend 6 –Proliferation of IoT – IoT is here to stay. According to Mckinsey, IoT could have an annual economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion by 2025 across many different settings, including factories, cities, retail environments, and the human body. The rise in IoT can be attributed to the improved infrastructure connectivity and presence of real-time business data.

The world of IoT has flooded enterprises with many applications and device that need to be synced on a real-time basis. Enterprises will rely on data integration solutions to face the proliferation of IoT in their day-to-day operations. They would need to deploy specialized integration platforms to support complex integration scenarios, implement multiple workflows and IoT projects. Moreover, this will help in providing connected experiences to the end customer by providing a single view and connecting cloud systems, SaaS apps, and data.

Data Integration Trend 7 – Empowering Users for Enterprise Synergies – Since the beginning of 21st century, IT team has been monumental in shaping the business ecosystem and bringing it up to speed to embrace all the technological breakthroughs. Now, since the business horizons are expanding due to movement towards SaaS applications, there is a consistent need to work on the connectivity issues between the legacy on-prem and cloud-based applications. Deploying merely an IT team and expecting them to deliver can lead to implementation delays and errors. The need of the hour is to have an integration platform which can empower even an LoB user to build integrations with utmost ease and confidence. A no-code integration platform with a graphical interface with a drag and drop functionality would be needed so anyone can build integrations at anypoint, anywhere. This would create employees’ synergies that would lead to unlocking productivity and efficiency within an enterprise.

Conclusion –

The enterprise connectivity will take the center stage, even Gartner predicts that through 2020, integration work will account for 50% of the time and cost of building a digital platform. The businesses will juggle their way to find their way to connecting cloud and enterprise applications, systems and data with agility, low cost and high quality. The customer will lie on the cusp of all their efforts as enterprises would continue innovating and delivering.

DXchange Integration Cloud is here to take on all your integration needs. Book a demo, today!

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Ditch Code, Introducing Click and No-Code Integration Platform!

The world is changing at a faster pace than ever before. With the advent of various digital technologies – AI, IoT, SaaS, Mobile, Cloud – there is more data to process and as a result more information to make crucial business decisions. To sustain and stay relevant in changing the technology landscape, the role of Information Technology (IT) has evolved to a great extent. But IT can’t keep up with the explosive business demands of building new-age apps and entering new markets. It can’t afford to follow traditional methods of building applications/APIs by writing custom code. Hence, the need of the hour is to empower all sorts of users and not just IT. In other words, a shift towards – Clicks and No-code.

Integration takes the center stage when it comes to addressing the connectivity concerns arising due to the rampant development of business applications. In a traditional integration system, writing custom code to build point-to-point integrations and middleware solutions are the typical approaches as these are considered cheaper and faster. But due to the scalability limitations of such solutions, these end-up being the enemy of speed and agility that is required to sustain in the tough business conditions.

In the recently concluded Salesforce annual conference Dreamforce 2019, the central theme revolved around the question – How to build connected customer experiences, without writing a single line of code? The technology leaders spoke about the need to moving away from writing custom code and adopting a click and no-code model. They see the transition mainly due to the following three reasons.

1. Custom code leads to slower implementation which delays go-to-market time
2. Slower rollout of enhancements and bug fixes using custom code leads to the dissatisfied end-customer
3. Only a fraction of users (mainly IT) can write custom code

So, the technology champions are rooting for having an integration platform that is built on API-led model, easy to use by LOB users to IT and supports composability and reusability of the integration components.

DXchange Integration Cloud addresses all the above-mentioned concerns. It is an absolute no-code integration platform that is built on microservices architecture unleashing the power of the cloud to support your business ecosystem. It is a hybrid integration platform that bridges the gap between your on-prem legacy and cloud applications to bring the best of both worlds at your disposal. It empowers your IT to govern and not gate the business processes. Here are the top features of DXchange Integration Cloud that makes it essential to your connectivity needs –

1. Absolutely No-Code – DXchange Integration Cloud is a no-code platform that lets users to quickly and seamlessly build as many integrations as required without writing any custom code. It is truly and undisputedly a Click and No-Code integration platform that captures the essence of next-gen integration systems.

2. Wizard – Driven Reusable Components (DX Plugs) – DXchange’s wizard-driven approach creates integration with a click and configure approach and makes the whole process quicker and smoother. This approach is an important step in empowering users to build the integrations with utmost confidence and ease. It lets you create reusable entities through DX Plugs which can be defined once and can be re-used multiple times within one single process or multiple processes.

3. Graphical Designer – DXchange Integration Cloud’s design canvas offers a graphical interface to easily build the most complex integration use cases. It comes with an inbuilt data mapping tool (DX Mapper), which does data transformation with an extensive list of pre-built data manipulation functions to correctly incorporate the business logic/rules.

4. Unified and Simple, Yet Powerful Enterprise iPaaS – DXchange Integration Cloud is a powerful platform with advanced enterprise-grade features such as EDI Integration support, Error Handling Framework, Logical Components, Built-in Version Control Management, Simplified Deployment, Control Management etc. to seamlessly build and deploy integrations.

5. Comprehensive Application and Protocol Connectors – Access a range of comprehensive out-of-box application connectors and protocols from DXchange Integration Platform to quickly integrate your business applications hosted on-prem or on the cloud. The hybrid connectivity enables you to integrate legacy infrastructure with the latest cloud-based technology to automate your business processes faster than ever before and deliver the highest level of business efficiency.

Contrary to popular belief, integration is not hard, you just need the right platform to make it smart. DXchange Integration Cloud does that exactly for you. It uses a model-driven architecture, treating models as data/configuration.

DXchange Integration Cloud helps an enterprise in ensuring that its digital initiatives are aligned with its long-term connectivity strategy. DX engine – the core of DXchange Integration Cloud powers enterprises to build a robust, scalable and extensible integration practice to confidently tread on its digital transformation journey.

In the end, DXchange’s major USP lies in helping enterprises in picking up fragmented pieces of their business ecosystem and integrating them to provide a connected experience. It not only unlocks data but opens a plethora of opportunities that foster innovation to deliver on the promise of an integrated world.

Try the beta version of DXchange Integration Cloud today, contact us.

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A Comprehensive SAP Plugin for SAP Integration by DXchange Integration Cloud

For enterprises having SAP as their ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a crucial component of their business strategy as it forms the backbone of an enterprise’s business processes. However, a bigger concern is the integration of SAP with other important non-SAP business applications such as CRM (for instance SAP – Salesforce integration) or supplier management systems, financial systems, purchase order systems, etc.

Why integrate SAP with other business applications?

The reason is simple – to derive the utmost synergies in your business efforts through integrating business applications and get the maximum value out of your SAP and third-party applications. SAP is an extremely powerful ERP which gives you deep insights on the strategic areas of your business processes. Moreover, with the increasing adoption of SaaS(software-as-a-service) applications, it becomes important to remove technological differences and have a seamless connection between SAP and other on-premises/ cloud-centric applications.

DXchange Integration Cloud offers a comprehensive SAP connector(plugin) that offers complete SAP connectivity and helps you to exchange real-time business data between SAP systems and other applications, databases, or external business partner systems. Here is a look at the functionality supported by DXchange SAP plugin –

1. Intermediate Docs (IDocs) – IDoc is a standard data structure defined by SAP to easily exchange data/business transactions between SAP and external non-SAP applications. IDocs are processed asynchronously and are a component of Application Link Enabling (ALE) module, which is one of the core integration technologies and involves the exchange of IDOCs between the different systems without having to convert data from one format to another. DXchange SAP Connector lets you seamlessly exchange data and easily transfer data in and out of SAP via IDocs.

2. Business Application Programming Interfaces (BAPI) – BAPI is a defined interface by SAP for exchanging business data between SAP and other applications. BAPIs are a subset of the Remote Function Calls (RFC) enabled function modules, designed as Application Programming Interface (API) to the SAP business object to be called from external programs. DXchange SAP connector supports BAPI to provide access to processes and data for SAP application integration. Third-party applications can invoke RFCs to establish a connection with SAP for real-time communication.

3. SAP Listener – SAP Listener is a native feature that enables to deliver secure, scalable, and customizable event notifications within SAP through event-driven business processes that execute in real-time. DXchange SAP Plugin passively listens to the events that are happening in the SAP program to receive IDocs published from the SAP system and triggers the process designed on DXchange Integration Cloud for further actions.

Along with the above features which are specific to SAP connectivity, DXchange offers a robust orchestration platform with a graphical data mapper and support for different parsers and application connectors. A combination of these capabilities helps you to take your SAP integration to the next level. Let’s look at each of these in detail –

1. DX Mapper – It is a no-code, graphical interface data mapping tool which supports both structured and unstructured formats. It comes with an extensive set of inbuilt data manipulation functions that caters to complex integration scenarios and let the user apply business logic or transformation rules while doing the integration. Thus, users do not have to rely on any scripting languages or external data mapping tool.

2. Parsers – Enterprises deal with multiple data formats/standards such as XML, JSON, CSV, Delimited Flatfiles, Fixed Width Flatfiles, Hierarchical Flatfiles, EDI and various databases. When you integrate SAP with other applications, you might need a specific data parser to transform the data and map it to the SAP request, and in the other direction for SAP response object to be mapped into a specific data object. DXchange Integration Cloud supports inbuilt parsers to transform data from one format to another for easy integration.

3. Out-of-box Application and Technology Connectors – DXchange Integration Platform offers a comprehensive suite of application connectors that too with a flat subscription model. With a DXchange Integration Cloud, you can seamlessly connect to the following applications.

 

Category Connectors
ERP SAP
CRM Salesforce, Zoho
Project Management Asana, JIRA, Trello, Google Sheets
Content Management Box, Dropbox, Google Cloud
Customer Service Freshdesk, Zendesk
Database JDBC Connector (Databases supported – Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL)
JMS RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, AmazonSQS, Kafka
IT Service Management ServiceNow
Push Notifications AmazonSNS, Salesforce Platform Events, Salesforce PushTopics. SAP Listener
Technology, APIs & Protocols FTP, HTTP/HTTPS SFTP, Email
Website Analytics Google Analytics

 

And the list is ever-growing as more and more applications are getting enabled shortly!

DXchange SAP Plugin offers an immense value proposition for comprehensive SAP integration. It leads to better business efficiency and enables an enterprise to integrate systems for an accurate view of business as a whole and build great customer experience.

To know more about DXchange SAP Plugincontact us!