Author: Nadeem Akhter

3 Ways Systems Integration Betters Your Business

As your business continues to grow, your IT department is forced to grapple with a number of technologies that have been added over the years, often creating technology and data silos. Suddenly legacy infrastructure is unable to communicate with newly installed technologies causing productivity and collaboration to come to a screeching halt.  This happens all too often because companies don’t plan in advance for how to successfully implement new technology. If you consult with the head of your IT department, chances are you’ll learn that he or she feels there are a number of systems that all work well...

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Battle of the Integration Platforms – Biztalk vs. Cast Iron

Those who work in business administration positions know enterprises are complex systems. Keeping track of personnel and the divisions they work in is difficult enough, but on top of that business administrators also need to keep up with all the systems their employees use on a day to day basis. Without integrated systems, staying on track with everything can often feel like being lost in a maze; as one constantly must enter and exit applications in order to manually input information received from another disparate system. If you’re familiar with this nightmare, then it might be time to consider...

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How to Solve the CRM Integration Challenge

In the 21st century, the customer is the lifeblood of any successful business. Because of this, business leaders are leveraging every last tool in the shed to make sure their company is prepared for this new-age customer. While software and technology resources come and go, the one that has stood the test of time is customer relationship management (CRM) software. In fact, global spending is expected to grow to about $36.5 billion by 2017, according to Gartner. A key reason why CRM software is expected to boom has a lot to do with what the software can actually do...

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Looking to Get into E-Commerce? Why You Should Consider Microsoft BizTalk

With more customers relying on their smartphones and tablets to make purchases, the e-commerce market has experienced explosive growth. In fact, Frost & Sullivan expects the global retail e-commerce market to hit $12 trillion by 2020—an increase from $5.5 trillion in 2012. To capitalize on new revenue and growth opportunities via e-commerce, many organizations are creating custom mobile applications that customers can use to better engage with their brands and make purchasing transactions. When creating a mobile user experience, organizations have a number of options at their disposal; for example, they can create a native mobile app, a responsive...

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Five Ways to Get Started with Legacy Modernization This Month

If you’re ready to convert your old, sub-optimally performing systems to new, do you have a game plan of how you intend to do so? The 2014-2015 NFL season reminded us that even the best teams in the league can falter without the most strategic, well executed plays. So, when it comes to market competitiveness and relevance, is your organization the equivalent of the New England Patriots—the reigning champion—or the team that got knocked out before the playoffs?   When it comes to legacy modernization, you need a comprehensive strategy—a playbook—for getting your organization’s legacy modernization project over the...

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Legacy Modernization: Frequently Asked Questions

It only takes so long for an IT manager to realize that his or her organization’s traditional systems and applications need a facelift. Systems designed in the ’90s, for example, probably can no longer adequately support the onslaught of mobile apps or the rapid proliferation of cloud services that are commonplace in today’s enterprise environment. After acknowledging the need for more modern, optimally performing systems, the question for IT decision makers becomes: Is legacy modernization a practical next step?   If it is, IT must then answer a few pertinent lead-up questions. If you’re unsure about legacy modernization, what...

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