Dell Boomi & Chakray
Chakray is a Systems Integrator partner with Boomi, a Dell Technologies company. For many years now, Boomi has been considered a consistent leader for analysts in the Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS) market. Our partnership with Boomi enables us to provide customers with certified Boomi professionals in the UK, Spain, Canada, LATAM and APAC regions. We help customers globally to best leverage their investment in Dell Boomi including solution architecture, design and implementation of integration processes, deployment of API Management capabilities and other platform capabilities like Flow, DCP and MDM.
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One of the key advantages we see with Boomi is in its fast time to value. We believe this is the cornerstone of its pervasiveness in the market and why Dell is able to boast over 11000 customers in deployment. A vast suite of popular SaaS and technology connectors and strategic technology acquisitions (ManyWho/Flow, Unifi/DCP) that continually add to the platform feature set keep the product relevant in the market. Boomi has also invested heavily over the past couple of years in developing its AI capabilities, building on the work it had already done with Boomi Suggest leveraging the collective intelligence of the Boomi community.
Boomi’s large community and support capability coupled with its now open source connector framework enables another layer of innovation. This also helps to instill buyer confidence in how battle hardened and road tested the technology features are, as does the simple, affordable and predictable pricing structure around it. With agents (Atoms) deployable both on-premise and in the cloud, customers have control over where their integrations are transacted, how available they are and how they scale. In very high volume scenarios, we can also deploy Boomi in conjunction with event streaming technologies like Apache/Confluent Kafka.
Dell Boomi’s core product capabilities are:
Master Data Hub
Synchronise and enrich data
Connect applications, data, technologies and processes
Data Catalog & Preparation
Visually explore and prepare organisation data
Trading partner network data exchange
Design, deploy and manage APIs
Build workflow automation and engaging customer journeys
For many of our customers, their first engagement with us is through an Integration Accelerator. This fixed cost & low friction engagement enables organisations to quickly prove the value of implementing Boomi. We do this, helping customers select meaningful use cases that demonstrate return on investment early. Employing a value based approach is important.
Boomi’s flexibility and coverage of use cases enable us to separate out point solutions of meaningful value from more strategic initiatives where API facades and business object models may well be more appropriate. It’s important to recognise the difference without ignoring the value of being tactical to deliver business value where appropriate. Starting locally, departmentally or tactically is perfectly acceptable as long as care is taken to ensure that the correct data architecture is in place to support these approaches.
Boomi is a technology that can be used tactically but really should be positioned strategically within the organisation. It is important to understand and identify where opportunity presents to use the platform more broadly to meet organisational needs and deliver business value. This is difficult if you haven’t already understood and positioned the platform and its features strategically.
We see integration as an organisation capability. For some of our customers we provide their complete end-to-end capability, for others we guide them in building their capability or associated centre of excellence. Whether it is development of integration, design of APIs, deployment of API facades, provision of scrum development teams or deployment of industry specific solutions.
Boomi Atomsphere is a platform of capabilities. Many of the considerations we have highlighted so far are specifically related to integration. Broader use of Flow for customer journeys, DCP to visualise your organisational data or MDM to steward master data will bring other considerations to the table. How much of the platform you adopt and where/when its adoption is appropriate should be an ongoing consideration. With such broad features, the platform capabilities need to be regarded holistically. As with integration, assessment of the suitability of a platform feature for any given scenario should be value based.
Non functional requirements are also an important consideration especially where a service is delivered as one platform. Does it meet the organisation’s needs for availability, scalability and data residency? As a bridge between cloud and on-premise systems, connectivity requirements and Atom/Molecule deployment are equally important. Most initial teething issues proving out IPaaS technologies are related to connectivity issues. These issues often lead organisations to assume the platform isn’t capable where a firewall or some other access technology is ultimately at fault.
The ease of use of API Management features within the platform can also lead to a failure in organisations to plan their API deployments properly. Organisations need to properly consider developer needs when exposing APIs for consumption to internal development teams. It’s common to think just functionally when designing APIs, rather than considering how they will be consumed as products or what they enable.
Building integration capability is a journey. Knowing when to employ the right product or capability, building the skills, knowledge sharing and establishing a centre of excellence are all things Chakray can help with.
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Chakray has been a specialist integration consultancy since 2013. Our entire team lives and breathes the body of knowledge and discipline of Integration. Whether it is Enterprise Integration Patterns, IPaaS, Microservices or Event Streaming we bring a connected integration mindset to the table when we solve problems for our customers. We help our customers best leverage and realise the value of the technologies they are engaging whilst helping them avoid or eliminate technical debt in implementations. Whether it is data expertise, integration, DevOps or something specific like GDPR or data protection, we bring the right SMEs and experience in implementation to assist. Our customers lean on our experience to avoid the common pitfalls and establish the right capabilities within their organisation.
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