Environmental protection and sustainability are no longer a trend, but a necessity. Of course, companies must not shirk their responsibility in this regard , even if politicians implement inadequate measures . The good thing: the latest technologies, such as artificial intelligence or machine learning, can not only increase productivity or sales, but - if used correctly - also realize enormous potential for energy savings.
In this way, AI can not only identify potential savings, but also realize them through intelligent and automated control. What is still at the beginning should be continuously pursued in order to become an important aid in climate protection.
That is exactly the aim of the virtual BarCamp of the initiative "AI creates climate-neutral companies" by Lorenz Software GmbH and Open House of Energy GmbH. The first steps on the way to a more sustainable, AI-supported corporate future are highlighted and options for action are discussed. This creates food for thought and suggestions for the participants, which lead to leading companies into the next age through intelligent control.
Use this opportunity to expand your network, discuss current topics with like-minded people and develop completely new solutions.
It will start on October 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with a round of interviews. Guests and personalities from business and science give insights into current technical developments and their implementation. One of these people is the Wemakefuture co-founder and managing director Sebastian Heye , who will present on the topics of AI, automation and data-driven companies.
Subsequently, impulses are given in individual group discussions based on specific tasks and solutions are generated. This will also bring the BarCamp to a close and will end around 3:00 p.m.
Be there and learn more about future-oriented technologies and how we can use them to counter the climate crisis.
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.