Running a business in the 21st century is no easy task. Managing a company in the 21st century is not an easy task. With more demands than ever before, managers quickly feel overwhelmed, resulting in lower productivity and more difficult obstacles to overcome. Smart solutions such as Dell Boomi, Informatica, Workato and other automation tools are therefore becoming increasingly popular - but is there an alternative for each of these options?
But first a brief overview, if you are not yet familiar with automation tools, you may not be familiar with the names listed above. Therefore, we will briefly define them here.
Although these three options are among the most widely used in companies worldwide, you should not blindly choose one of them just because they are popular. For example, an Informatica alternative may prove more useful for your specific needs than the original tool. Ultimately, it comes down to what works best for your individual workflow. Therefore, we recommend that you consider some of the following options before making your final decision.
Make has long been a favourite at WeMakeFuture, and it's not hard to see why. With a host of innovative features designed specifically for modern businesses, your workforce is guaranteed to benefit from its stress-free automation and user-friendly integration.
Disadvantages to be considered :
As much as you love the service, not every solution is perfect, and Make is no exception. Some minor drawbacks of the tool that you should keep in mind are
The free and open source workflow automation tool n8n.io is a powerful resource that virtually any organisation can use to increase productivity. If you need something that is open source and integrates with various digital solutions, this is probably the best choice for you.
Disadvantages to be considered:
Because it is such a new platform, it is difficult to name the disadvantages that could plague n8n in the future. If anything, the only disadvantage is the fact that the platform is still new, which means that users should expect the service to have some teething problems.
If you rely on Microsoft business tools and need simple, cloud-based, automated workflows, Azure Logic Apps is one of the best solutions.
Disadvantages to note: Like n8n, Azure Logic Apps is a new service, which means there are still some limitations, but Microsoft is a big player and should fix these quickly, when it comes to creating features outside of the current capabilities, you can of course do more with code here. If you need something that is 100% flexible, this is the place to go, if you need something with a lot of integrations you might want to look at Pipedream .
Now that you know the best Workato, Informatica and Dell Boomi alternatives of the year, you may be unsure which option is best for you.
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Cloud Integration, iPaaS, SaaS, BPA… Ough, hard to keep track of all these terms. They are currently used frequently (and increasingly) in the context of automation, and it is sometimes difficult to make a clear distinction and distinction. We have already written blog posts on the terms iPaaS, SaaS and BPA, but we’ll take them up again here to make the difference.
But let’s start with cloud integration, because that’s the central umbrella term in which we embed all the other technologies in this blog post.
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To illustrate these advantages, an example is suitable that we know well from our everyday work as an automation agency:
The central data to be used here is the data of a major customer. This can be the simplest information, such as the address. This address is required in numerous but completely different processes in the company: on the one hand, for correct invoicing in accounting. On the other hand, in the CRM system, where all the data of the large customer is also stored. But the address is also important in sales, for example, when employees go to the sales meeting on site.
Now the customer announces that the address of the company has changed after a move. This information will reach you by e-mail. There are now two options:
01. The e-mail is forwarded to all affected departments, accounting, sales, customer service, marketing… All persons open their corresponding program, CRM, accounting software, marketing tools (such as newsletter marketing) and change the data already stored there of the customer. This means that in multiple applications, different people do exactly the same thing: change one address.
02. But there is also an alternative: By connecting your applications, thus by integrizing them, the customer’s e-mail, or rather the information it contains about the address change, is automatically passed on to all affected applications: CRM, accounting, marketing, ERP. This does not require any clicks, because the cloud integration detects a trigger, i.e. address change, and thus automatically starts the process.
What sounds unimpressive in a single process becomes more effective when such a process occurs several times a day or weekly. Because there is a lot of data that is available in different applications and should always be correct. If these applications are cloud applications they are suitable for cloud integration.
But cloud integration doesn’t just happen. There are now a variety of applications that enable and implement this. Such tools usually allow us to link the relevant cloud applications on a central platform and define clear rules on when, how, where, how much data should be passed on and what happens to them.
To realize cloud integration, there are various applications and technologies that are sometimes used interchangeably.
We have made a first distinction between iPaaS and BPA here.
We explain the term SaaS in more detail here.
Cloud integration is rather an umbrella term that includes numerous technologies, such as SaaS, iPaaS and BPA, and this is also absolutely necessary. Cloud integration is a concept that is made possible by appropriate technologies.
However, all terms share the commonality that they are cloud-based and thus offer enormous potential for growth and scaling. In addition, they are often cheaper to implement and maintain because changed requirements are easy to implement.
As an independent automation agency, we implement cloud integration according to your requirements. We use a variety of SaaS tools and iPaas (strictly speaking BPA) software. Together we find individual solutions that are flexible and scalable.