For those of you who think that the integration of business solutions is magical, meet Magic Software.
Business Integration Solutions are Magic
Of course, like all things considered magical (e.g. Internet, e-Discovery, Google), nothing is ever as easy as it seems. Bringing together a variety of CMS solutions with SharePoint and other intranet repositories is no exception. Thanks to Magic Software, a company that’s been around for more than 25 years, users can efficiently build, deploy and integrate IT applications.
We spoke with Glenn Johnson, senior vice president of Magic Software Enterprises Americas about the challenges companies face when it comes to integrating the plethora of solutions they employ and the subsequent evolution of enterprise.
IT Department Left Out of Decisions, Suffer Consequences
Generally speaking, the IT department has established itself as a lone entity within many companies. Whether it was because they wanted little to do with SharePoint or the perceived notion that they needn’t be included in conversations about CMS, CRM or BPM, the IT department wasn’t consulted on the procurement of business solutions. As a result, companies have many different solutions, which do not integrate well with each other. Now suddenly, it is IT’s problem.
Fortunately, CIOs turned to Magic Software for help. With its uniPaaS application platform, the process of building and deploying business applications is simplified by providing all aspects of the application development and deployment process within a single end-to-end platform. By being able to implement a “ready-made business application engine,” code is more easily written, allowing users to deploy to market faster. Fewer coding mistakes means everything runs more efficiently, saving time, money and headaches.
Magic Software also provides the iBOLT Studio, an application that automatically updates changes to your mission-critical data to every IT system in the enterprise. Johnson describes its functionality on his blog as:
a visual drag, drop and configure approach to business process design with all the needed services, methods and wizards to simplify step-by-step process design decisions. Integral to the business process design stage are the design of processes that deal with exceptions.
In other words, iBOLT can do all the things that you forgot to plan for.
If You Fail to Plan...
With an impressive list of customers ranging from the United Nations to Fujitsu and UPS Supply Chain Solution, Magic Software is helping many companies in various industries integrate their solutions. Which begs the question, why do so many companies have solutions that can’t be integrated on their own?
Johnson speculates that because companies pride themselves on having proprietary software, some functionality may be lost. Basic automations like being able to remove duplicate entries within a CRM, for example, are usually the result of poorly thought out plans, predominantly driven from a business perspective.
While companies like Magic Software perform a vital function for those in the enterprise, its mere presence enables companies to get away with poor resource planning (e.g, ERP). Of course, not all business solutions are compatible and building a unique system is rarely a cost-effective way around the challenges companies face.
As long as the enterprise continues to experience rapid growth where SharePoint and others like it are concerned, most will find that they’ll need a little Magic.