Should data integration be so hard?

Posted by Henning Lund on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Too often, data integration has been associated with complex, slow and frustrating projects, with delays and scary learning and deployment curves. Is that the reality? Data integration projects should be easy and fast. Data integration solutions should be seamless and robust. Think Google, Facebook and iTunes. Now, think data integration. My guess is that you are seeing two very different worlds, right? Those consumer apps are amazingly easy to use. Just jump in, start clicking and become instantly productive. That is how data integration should be!

In the past few years, data integration has become a hot topic for the top management of many enterprises. Data integration is indeed a must if you have multiple business applications and silos of data that prevent you from getting to your data in a simple and meaningful way. Just integrating your ERP (for example Microsoft Dynamics AX) with your CRM (for example Salesforce) can bring significant benefits to your company. The good news is today, data integration really does not need to be a headache.

Read also: Top 5 reasons why data integration projects fail

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Tags: Data Integration, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Salesforce

Salesforce - Microsoft Dynamics integration: understand and compare your options

Posted by Henning Lund on Wed, Apr 12, 2017

While all roads might lead to Rome, not all roads will take you to your destination in an equally fast and smooth way. It is a little bit the same with data integration. Many tools will enable you to integrate your Salesforce with Microsoft Dynamics, but the process will be more or less chaotic depending on the approach you choose. And what is the best solution, one may ask? In reality, companies have different needs, requirements and constraints, and you cannot say that “one solution fits all”. What is important for you when you need to choose a data integration solution, is to understand the pros and cons of each of the options you have.

Let's take a look at different scenarios.

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Tags: Data Integration, Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics

Simplify international and multisite Microsoft Dynamics installations with a data integration tool

Posted by Henning Lund on Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Most companies running Microsoft Dynamics NAV/AX/GP in multiple countries or on multiple sites follow a CORE strategy (CORE is also commonly called Kernel in some countries). In a CORE strategy you build an add-on solution with your company specific requirements which is then being localized and deployed in the local countries.

Because of the statutory requirements and the dynamics of most companies, the CORE strategy tend to be challenged over time because it’s costly to maintain and often, different companies (even within the same business line in a bigger group) can have their own requirements.

The real time consumer is maintaining consistent master data across the sites. Often, companies establish an internal group function that safeguards the master data, dimensions definition, Items creation, joint customers etc. I’ve seen so many different solutions and systems over time – I even architected some of them – however, looking back, I can see that it could be been made so much easier!

Here are two examples on how multisite Dynamics NAV/AX/GP installs can be simplified, quality improved and made much easier to maintain.

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Tags: Data Integration, multisite Dynamics, international Dynamics installations

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