ERP, Data Integration

4 Considerations to Prepare for ERP Integration

November 9, 2020

The benefits of ERP integration are numerous. It improves order and inventory management, reduces errors and duplicate data entries, increases productivity, and much more. ERP integration adds value to company data, but the process can become overly complex without thoughtful planning. In this post…

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Data Integration

How Much Does Data Integration Cost?

October 22, 2020

If you’ve never performed a data integration before you may be wondering, “How much is this going to cost me?”. Well, that depends. You see, integrations have a lot of moving parts, and each project has its own unique requirements. In addition, where your solution lives and which integration…

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Siloed Data

3 Ways to Eliminate Data Silos in Your Organization

October 20, 2020

Data silos, simply defined, are isolated groups of data. These data sets can be isolated to specific systems and/or to specific teams. Among other issues, data silos are an obstacle for organizations trying to make educated business decisions and create a consistent customer experience; and they’re…

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Data Integration, Infor CRM

3 Must-Have Infor CRM Integrations

September 22, 2020

In this post, we’ll highlight three must-have Infor CRM integrations based on our knowledge of the solutions and the experiences of our customers. If you’re not sure which solutions you need to add to your library, or which Infor-compatible connections you should prioritize first, this post will…

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HubSpot Marketing Hub, Salesforce, Data Integration

HubSpot Salesforce Integration: Avoid These 5 Pitfalls

September 14, 2020

Integrating HubSpot and Salesforce is a no-brainer for sales and marketing alignment. Combine HubSpot’s deep marketing metrics with Salesforce’s insightful sales data and you can have yourself an analytics field day!  To do this successfully though, you must be prepared for the potential pitfalls…

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Data Integration

Using Agile Principles for Your Next Integration

August 25, 2020

When most people think of agile principles, they imagine its uses for software development. Agile relies on dividing tasks into short work phases and frequently reassessing and adapting plans throughout. This approach works well for software development, which is probably why its uses have grown…

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Data Migration

5 Steps to Include in your Data Migration Plan

August 14, 2020

Your Cloud migration strategy begins with handling your data properly. If you enable a smooth transition for your data, you’ll also avoid unnecessary costs and losses due to a poorly executed strategy. Hence the need to keep your process simple and streamlined – and all your teams prepared. Here…

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Data Migration, Risk mitigation

7 Ways to Build Risk Mitigation into your Migration Project

August 6, 2020

By coming into the migration process prepared, you lessen the likelihood that your migration could interrupt business-critical operations and the customer experience. Here are seven ways to build risk mitigation into your migration project.

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Data Integration, Data Management

Data Quality: It’s More Important Than you Think

July 7, 2020

Data quality is too often overlooked, but it’s far too important to ignore. Every year, 25-30% of data becomes inaccurate, negatively impacting the capabilities of sales and marketing to create effective strategies. Identifying, cleaning, enriching, and protecting your data for the long-term will…

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Data Integration

How to Discuss Your Integration with Non-Technical Stakeholders

June 9, 2020

Communicating about integration can sometimes be more difficult than the integration itself. As the integration expert, your job is to make that communication as clear and accessible as possible. Recognize that perspectives are different based on job roles. Barriers to communication exist because…

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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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