Thursday, August 27, 2015

Magic xpi Now Supports SAP HANA

We are very proud to announce that we have tested the ability to connect to SAP ERP (SAP R/3) systems powered by SAP HANA using our existing SAP ERP (R/3) connectors and they work!

What is SAP HANA? SAP HANA is an in-memory, column-oriented, relational database management system developed and marketed by SAP SE. HANA's architecture is designed to handle both high transaction rates and complex query processing on the same platform.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Six IT Essentials for Life Science Systems Integration

Innovation and growth are the hallmark of the life sciences industry. Companies of all sizes, from early-phase start-ups to Big Pharma must continuously collaborate to ensure quality, comply with regulations, and mitigate risks in each stage of the product development life cycle. Data and documentation from diverse systems including manufacturing, product life cycle, financial and customer data must be integrated and rationalized. In addition, this information needs to be shared in meaningful ways with internal and external stakeholders, including consumers, suppliers, collaborating organizations, and regulatory agencies.

Despite the impressive intentions of “Enterprise Resource Planning” (ERP), most life sciences companies today still only use ERP systems to manage accounting transactions. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems have emerged to fill in one of the gaps that ERP systems leave behind: the need for a system that manages the complete product life cycle from idea, through research and development, prototyping, manufacturing and phase-out. Unfortunately, much of the information managed by ERP and PLM systems overlap and the systems don’t share information easily.

Here are six key requirements for a future-proof integration platform that can help meet the demands of life science organizations.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The iPad-Enabled Sales Force: Boosting Productivity for the Enterprise

More and more sales, field service, and manufacturing departments are turning to tablets for the portability of a smartphone, but the larger display and broader keyboard handling capabilities of a laptop. With Apple accounting for an overwhelming 89 percent of enterprise tablet activations in Q3 2014, the iPad is clearly still king of the enterprise tablet arena.

One of the most powerful ways iPads are being used by enterprise is for sales force automation. With an iPad in hand, sales people can access and casually guide a client through the right sales presentation, demonstrate their product and then access back-end systems to generate a price quote, check product availability and confirm delivery dates, accomplishing in one on-site meeting what previously took a week or more and a dozen emails back and forth.

In fact, mobile sales forces are becoming so accustomed to using tablets that Forrester likes to tell about one company that held a competition to see which sales person could maneuver their website with the fewest mistakes while holding the iPad upside down (so the client sitting across the table can see it right side up).

Here are two examples of sales force automation applications that significantly increased sales efficiency.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

10 IoT Applications for SMEs

The Internet of Things is the “quiet revolution…whose time has finally come” according to recent research from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which shows that nearly 100 percent of business leaders expect their businesses to be using IoT in one form or another by 2016.

In addition, 60 percent of the 779 global business leaders surveyed agree that companies that are slow to integrate IoT will fall behind their competition.

However, IoT isn’t only for large businesses; it actually provides a lot of opportunities for SMEs as well. In fact, by relying on applications and technology instead of headcount, SMEs and start-ups can be equally if not more competitive by remaining small.

The possibilities to leverage IoT capabilities are endless, extending from every stage of the product lifecycle to use cases in specific vertical industries. 

Here are 10 examples of how SMEs can utilize IoT to keep and maintain a competitive advantage:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Magic Goes In-Memory With App Framework

Guest post by Alex Woodie, IT Jungle

Magic Software recently launched a new release of its application development and runtime framework that features in-memory data grid (IMDG) technology. The IMDG - which will eventually support IBM i - will bolster the scalability, stability, and elasticity of applications developed with xpa Application Platform 3.0, the company says.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

10 Tips for CRM System Integration Projects (Part 2)

In our last post we discussed five best practices to help ensure that your CRM systems integration project is a success.

Here are the rest of the tips: