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Boomi journey

5 things to set straight before you embark on the Boomi journey

Scalable, reliable and enterprise-standard multi-tenant cloud integration platform – Boomi Atom Sphere is now a hot topic of discussion among System Integrators and IT architects who plan to connect cloud, on-premise and SaaS applications. Note that it doesn’t even require any coding or software. So, small to large scale enterprises as well as individual users can’t wait to welcome Boomi and become a part of this amazing IT environment that will give them a competitive advantage in data sharing and management.

But wait! You can’t just bring it in. There’s got to be a lot of meticulous planning about the implementation of Atom Sphere and its integration with your legacy on-premise and cloud applications. Of course, it’s clear that there is a lot of in-depth discussions, finalizing steps and ultimately integrating Boomi without a shred of doubt about data security or accessibility or management. While the list can be endless, we have tried to compress it to just five essential activities to ensure that your Boomi ship has a smooth sail. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Secure everything – Prepare the ground for Boomi’s magic to work!

Your costs are reduced and your business objectives are also met. But what about securing your data in a hybrid cloud environment? Call in your team looking after security and network and have them interact with a Boomi specialist. Design a security firewall that will ensure a full-proof solution. The integration between on-premise and cloud applications through Boomi should be well structured. Well, isn’t it obvious that you can’t just enjoy the benefits without putting in the effort! Let’s talk technical. First of all, a minimum patch level is required for your back-end SAP system and this is dependent on the Cloud solution. Boomi helps in seamless integration for sure but unless it is achieved a great level of infrastructure security support is expected. On one hand you gain from its agility and on the other you have to find ways to tackle challenges such as visibility and control, both of which are essential in achieving a secure environment. How about a security policy that centers on workload instead of the conventional perimeter and network types? An integrated security will work best for Boomi. Also, your back-end systems need to communicate with cloud solutions through a HTTPS. When it comes to securing the integration process, there can’t be any compromises.

Integrating Boomi – What additional components you just can’t miss out on

Get a connector – it helps big time! Integration endpoints require a connector and you can choose from Sales-force, Net-suite, etc which serve the cloud environment. While these are per-built there are others which are more on the generic side namely, Oracle, SQL Server, MYSQL, etc. serving most of the Database Management Systems (DMBS). If you are using a pre-built connector then it takes lesser time to integrate endpoints as against a structured API. You need a connector to integrate the Boomi environment, with little or no coding at all. It depends on the type of connector you are using. Then, you may need to add software components as well. You would want your system to have a back-up of what’s required for system integration. This is termed as a pre-requisite by some experts. Now, the kind of objects will again depend on the integration tool.

Automation and Authentication, simple ways to ensure a smooth ride

Automation simply cannot be overlooked when it comes to maintaining a high security cloud environment. However, it’s not possible to keep an eye on it all the time to catch the thief! So, gift your security operations team with automation. This is the demand of hybrid cloud infrastructure. And, this isn’t just for security, you’ll notice considerable changes in operational efficiency as well. If we talk about filling in the gap in the number of cyber security guys required and those present, automation works wonders. Moreover, it saves cost and smooth-ens the creases in Boomi integration. Now, let’s come to authentication. Grossly underrated but significant nevertheless. In any case, you should know that this should be the focal point of cloud integration. It includes a centralized authentication working in tandem with an identity management system. But before this you need to consider the existing arrangements and other important details.

Do you need Boomi specialists?

Well, that’s entirely up-to you as Boomi allows even a new learner to deal with a simple integration process through its tutorials. The time taken for a new guy and a skilled consultant will differ, of course. A two way integration is possible to be attained by your IT guy with experience in cloud. For more complex architecture, it’s better if you take in a specialist to ensure a smooth Boomi integration. There are many Boomi consultants who have developed models for a hurdle-free integration. You can take their help in setting up your integrated platform as well. They will take care of all the steps including initial connectivity, data transformation and quality filters, testing the system and conversion and finally, clean-up, document the process and handover the end product to your guy.

Follow up the integration project

Not strictly within Boomi integration process, but still we can’t end this discussion without pointing out the importance of following up the integration to check if all’s well. This will decide if the integration has been successful or not. If you have got this done from a specialist you will be entitled to monitoring and support from their tech staff. Dell Boomi Atom Sphere aims to make integration and maintenance hassle free, to say the least.

Finally….

A successful Boomi integration requires focus on security, requirement of additional components, authentication and automation, assistance from experts and a thorough follow up. These are the basics of integrating on-premise and cloud applications through AtomSphere. So, let’s get set for bringing in Boomi into our systems and welcome the new wave in Cloud integration and Radiansys can be your one-stop shop for the all-encompassing technological support.

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