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Smart integration is a prerequisite for successful digitization

23 October, 2019

Smart integration is a prerequisite for successful digitization
When talking about digital transformation, it is always a case of weighing up the pros and cons to the business. How does this make us better, more profitable and efficient? What´s the ROI? Every company is different and needs to make its own assessment, but an area where the benefits are often clear, both in the short and the long-term, is smart integration.

A modern integration solution provides shorter lead times, less manual work, increased quality and more flexibility to manage change. In the manufacturing, retail and logistics sectors, the scope to positively introduce new working methodologies is particularly relevant. Here, virtually all applications and subsystems that are, or need to be part of the business process, can be linked together. In many cases the benefits are often immediate when work tasks are automated and new data sources added.

Gathers information from many different subsystems
Instead of registering and retrieving information from many different subsystems, the Blue Integrator integration engine can handle all data centrally. Unlike alternative solutions which require a large number of direct integrations, Blue Integrator only needs to register information once. This saves time and resource while reducing the risk of error. As a company evolves it also becomes much easier to add systems and upgrade and change processes.

“We have customers where 2,000 integrations have been reduced to 50. Naturally, this simplifies and streamlines the work process immensely.”
Stefan Jörkander, CEO of Connect Companies, the company that owns and sells Blue Integrator.

Meets the requirements for efficiency and automation
One industry where the benefits are clear is retail. Many traditional retail companies are moving more of their business online. By deploying Blue Integrator, many retail establishments are able to amalgamate the flow of information from both physical stores and e-commerce sites. For example, there might be a requirement to view prices in real-time, or check stock balance and delivery times regardless of the time of day.

“EDI work is generally simpler and more efficient using a modern integration engine. If we look at the manufacturing industry, an integration engine will create a more seamless environment for automating and streamlining business processes”, says Stefan Jörkander.

“Blue Integrator is an effective hub in all our integrations”
Fredric Kjellberg, IT and logistics manager, Ted Bernhardtz At Work

Quick installation and easy to operate
By installing Blue Integrator it’s easy to manage data in real-time. The user only needs to input information from the company’s various platforms and subsystems once – Blue Integrator then ensures that the information is updated in all systems. The solution can handle hundreds of messages per second and integrates smoothly with both internal and external IT systems.

One of Blue Integrator’s clear benefits is that it is extremely easy to install and can manage a large number of integrations, including Jeeves ERP, Dynamics 365 in Azure and SAP. Unlike traditional direct integration solutions, Blue Integrator does not detrimentally affect the operation or performance of the existing ERP system. The integration engine is also extremely cost effective when compared to market alternatives. Blue Integrator is currently being used by over 200 companies globally.

Pictured, from left, Stefan Jörkander, CEO of Connect Companies and Fredric Kjellberg, logistics and IT manager at Ted Bernhardtz At Work. Photo: Magnus Gotander, Bilduppdraget