Data Migration

7 Signs it’s Time to Switch to a New CRM

May 26, 2020

Smart business owners understand that switching CRMs is not to be undergone lightly. Upending what your teams are used to can be a scary and sometimes risky operation. No one wants to take that risk unless they’re certain the ROI is worthwhile. So, how do you know when it’s time to ditch your old…

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Data Migration, Tips and Tricks

Tips for Post-Migration Strategic Maintenance

April 21, 2020

By moving to a scalable and secure Cloud environment, companies can innovate faster and remain competitive. Any business that’s done its homework on Cloud migration knows that the project cannot be successful without a strategic plan. However, what many businesses don’t realize is that once the…

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Low Code & No Code, Data Integration

Should I Integrate Using Code, Low Code, or No Code?

March 4, 2020

Before you decide on an integration solution, it’s crucial to understand just how complex your project is going to be. If your integration needs are basic, cloud-based, already compatible, and do not include any custom fields or functions, a no code integration could work just fine. As a reminder,…

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Data Integration, Tips and Tricks

5 Tips for Managing System Integration Over Time

January 8, 2020

Although we’d like to “set it and forget it”, the fluidity of integration is ever changing. It cannot fulfill its greatest potential without some thoughtful follow through. To maximize the value of your integration, you must analyze how well it’s working and plan for its future. This way, if a need…

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Data Integration, Tips and Tricks

5 Tips for Integration Success, and 3 Mistakes You Should Avoid

December 17, 2019

More and more businesses use large data sets to analyze trends and predict future events, so every company should be considering strategies for increasing data accessibility and visibility. If you’re planning to integrate systems in 2020, here are a few tips for success – and a few mistakes you…

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Data Management, StarfishETL

Managing Cloud CSV File Sharing with StarfishETL

December 12, 2019

Using CSV files for customer data may be an old school strategy, but many businesses still prefer the format. Before we get into how StarfishETL can help manage CSV file sharing, especially over the cloud, let’s take a moment to understand why businesses choose these types of files over another…

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ETL

Python & ETL: A Great Match

November 15, 2019

Python supports a wide range of major platforms and systems (just like StarfishETL) so users can work in the operating system they prefer. Its open source framework and tools let the user optimize to his or her precise needs and cuts down on development time.

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Data Integration

How Much Integration is Enough Integration?

October 7, 2019

Why do businesses integrate software systems? There are many underlying reasons, but it always boils down to one goal: maximizing transparency and data usability across departments while minimizing the time investment and cost of managing data.

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Data Integration, Tips and Tricks

Determining the ROI of Your Software Integration

August 26, 2019

Although it’s important to justify the tangible ROI of an integration, it’s also crucial not to lose sight of the intangible value it adds to the organization. The long-term benefits to the corporate image, the intellectual capital gained, the destruction of data silos, and the improved agility are…

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Gartner Magic Quadrant, Cloud, Data Migration

Cloud is King: Why Gartner Thinks Cloud Migration Can’t Wait

July 16, 2019

Gartner just released research that delivers some powerful insights about database management systems and their relationship to the Cloud.

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Data Integration

Integration 101: What’s Your Role?

June 3, 2019

They coordinate resources, track budget, line up expert help if needed, coordinate testing, ensure use cases and user stories are complete, and resolve any problems that come along the way. In many cases, an integration may have multiple project managers fulfilling different aspects of these roles…

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Data Integration

Integration 101: Why Do Integration Projects Fail?

April 10, 2019

Why do integration projects fail? That’s like asking “What is time?” or “Where does space end?”.  There are many potential answers. Various factors contribute to successful integration projects, but it only takes a few missteps to botch up the whole thing. While the reasons behind integration…

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Data Integration

Integration 101: Build it or Buy it?

March 25, 2019

In the next post of our Integration 101 series, we’ll explore the tradeoffs of doing an integration yourself versus purchasing a preconfigured software. Deciding whether to build or buy an integration solution can be challenging. Companies with tighter deadlines and lower budgets may feel more…

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Data Integration, Best Practices

Integration 101: Introduction & Best Practices

February 6, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT), the Cloud, AI, data lakes, automation, and every other 2019 IT buzzword all stem from the same belief: connected data is more powerful. The more transparency between your systems, the easier it is for your teams to collaborate, plan, analyze, and deliver. Integration…

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Data Integration

What Every CFO Needs to Know About Integration

February 1, 2019

Think that a CFO isn’t a major player in an integration? Think again.Companies integrate with the intention of optimizing processes: connecting sales and marketing data to enhance targeting, combining financial systems and CRMs to streamline invoice and payment histories, feeding emails into CRMs…

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Best Practices, Data Integration

Accelerate Capability Maturity Model with Integration

November 2, 2018

A Capability Maturity Model (CMM) measures the existing capabilities of a company to streamline process improvement, foster productivity, and decrease software risks. Once a business understands the guidelines to improve these processes, they can create an integrated approach to solve those issues…

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Data Integration, ERP, StarfishETL

Integrate ERP Through Your Firewall with the StarfishETL Ray

October 4, 2018

Many companies want full Cloud adoption, but simply aren’t “there” yet, so they must strike a balance between their locally hosted systems and the Cloud software. However, when it’s time to integrate the two, things can get complicated. Your only options to integrate ERP through a firewall are to…

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Data Integration, Tips and Tricks, StarfishETL

Expert Integration Tips: StarfishETL Error Handling

September 7, 2018

Try as we may, many of us still run into unexpected errors when executing integrations. In the world of unpredictable data, these errors are inevitable. They can occur from human miscalculations, incorrect information, malfunctioning systems, or any other number of random events.

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Tips and Tricks, Data Integration

Expert Integration Tips: Setting Up Your Origin

August 27, 2018

Starting an integration project in StarfishETL? We have some tips to ensure your project runs with maximum effectiveness. In the first post of our Expert Integration Tips series, we'll talk about the various approaches you can use to set up your Origin connection.

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StarfishETL

How to Decide Which Version of StarfishETL is Right for You

August 10, 2018

Everyone loves options, right? As you prepare for your data project, you may notice StarfishETL offers several options for moving your data. How do you know which version of the platform is right for what you need, though? The first thing you must consider is what you’re using StarfishETL for:…

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Data Integration, Marketing

What Every CMO Needs to Know About Marketing Integration

July 2, 2018

The customer journey is a constant back and forth between sales and marketing. Every touch point is an opportunity and every interaction alters the next move. Connecting the two departments with CRM and marketing integration is a logical step to align goals and facilitate collaboration.

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Data Integration, Siloed Data

The Dangers of Siloed Data and How to Avoid Them

June 25, 2018

In farming, silos are structures that keep grain separate from the elements. The same concept can be applied in the business world when we think about siloed data. There are different types of siloed data, but the overarching theme is data that is isolated from the entirety of your system, whether…

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Data Migration, Tips and Tricks

When Migrating is Better Than Upgrading Your CRM

June 12, 2018

These upgrades can sometimes be time consuming, however, they are usually worthwhile. I stress the word “usually” here because there are instances where upgrading your CRM may not be the right answer for your business. So, how do you know when migrating is better than upgrading? Here are a few…

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Data Migration

Keeping your Data Migration on Time and Within Budget

June 1, 2018

The Starfish team has seen a lot of successful data migrations, but we’ve also seen how easy it is to get off track and over budget. In this blog post, we’ll address the most common reasons for reworks and budget overages, and the steps you can take to prevent them from happening you.

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Data Migration, Tips and Tricks

6 Tips for Successful Legacy Data Migrations

May 31, 2018

Moving to a new system means analyzing the way data is defined between old and new, and translating your legacy information into the new system effectually. Even migrations that seem black and white on paper can run into obstacles, so planning is crucial. The most successful legacy data migrations…

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