Breaking down the barriers to SaaS adoption

I’ve read a lot of blogs/articles about integration being a significant barrier to SaaS adoption in the enterprise. Sure integration can be a challenge, but in my opinion it’s not as scary as some of the articles imply.

Using a tool like Boomi, implemented as part of a solution like RIO makes use of the excellent APIs that many of the SaaS vendors have put in place. Boomi offers a true integration solution, has more than 40+ connectors/adapters and enables you to integrate to just about anything. Admittedly some of the SaaS vendors (and many of the on-premise vendors) present some challenges to integration, but there’s always a way to extract and insert your data.

I’m not downplaying the fact that integration can be a challenge, I’m just suggesting that it’s possible and there are tools out there to do it and to do it fast.  Before we partnered with Boomi we looked at 20+ tools for SaaS integration and whilst Boomi was ahead of the pack, many of the tools were decent and have come a long way in the past 12 months.

I’ve posted some reasons why we think that RIO is hot, you may want to check it out.  From our perspective, integration from SaaS to SaaS and SaaS to on-premise applications is achievable within days, with a solution that allows for ongoing monitoring and maintenance at a low-cost.

Welcome aboard Donal!

Woohoo – the management team is now complete with the addition of Donal English to our global team.

To say we’re happy that we’ve convinced Donal to join us is an understatement.   Apart from being smart and a nice bloke, Donal gets SaaS and he gets Integration, sounds like a perfect match to us.

Check out his bio, I think you’ll agree.

WDCi achieves MSC status

It’s official, as of December 4th, WDCi is a Malaysia MSC status company.

We look forward to continuing our growth in Malaysia and appreciate the support and assistance of the MDeC team.  Special thanks to Matthew Barsing and Kamelinder Singh for all of their support and assistance throughout the process.

It’s great to see the Malaysian Government continue to support the development of Information Technology and the growth of IT skills and knowledge.  We’re very proud to be part of that process and we look forward to further developing our SaaS integration skills and outsourced delivery capabilities in Malaysia.

WDCi partners with Boomi

After months of product evaluation and shortlisting WDCi have become the Boomi Partner for the Asia Pacific region.  Boomi is the leader in on demand integration, with a true multitenant solution.  We plan to use the Boomi technology to implement our Rapid Integration Offering, or RIO as we like to call it.  With RIO we can integrate in days rather than the months it takes with typical on-premise integration solutions.

The Boomi technology allows us to integrate into leading hosted applications such as SalesForce, RightNow, Netsuite and Taleo, as well as accounting packages such as QuickBooks and MYOB. Boomi also has enterprise class connectors for SAP and Oracle products, in fact Boomi has a really large list of pre-built connectors. Using a range of protocols including Web Services, HTTP(S), FTP(S) and email as well as JDBC and plain old file polling WDCi can integrate to just about anything whether on premise or hosted.

What about security you may ask. Boomi infrastructure, hosted by OpSource , has been deemed SAS70 Type II compliant as per the audit requirements of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Within the integrations Boomi support certificates, password encryption and more.

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Welcome aboard CC!

Great news as we welcome aboard our newest member of the team- CC Lim.

I’m so happy that CC has decided to join us on our SaaS integration journey, he’s going to be a great addition to the team.

Check out his bio, CC brings to WDCi a load of technical, operational and senior management experience.

New website published, RIO launched

Thanks to everyone who helped with the new website, it really makes the old one look shabby 🙂

Kumar did a fantastic job with the graphic design, check out his other work, he’s amazing.   I think he’s done an excellent job of graphically presenting integration.

We also took the opportunity to launch our new integration offering RIO.  This is a SaaS implementation and support bundle for connectivity to the major SaaS applications.   Pricing is offered as fixed or subscription based, this should really simplify integration into applications such as Salesforce and Right Now as well as dramatically reduce the cost involved.

WDCi Sdn Bhd official, US office opened…

Our Malaysian entity was launched October 23rd and we have setup our office in the US.

We are in the process of hiring for Malaysia, so check out our careers section and let us know if you are interested.

We really felt it was necessary to have a presence on the ground in the US to keep us up with the latest and to manage our partnerships.    Stay tuned for some more info on our partnerships in the near future.

Emerging Integration Technology

I’ve spent the past few weeks testing some really interesting integration technologies.  One of our key areas of focus will be SaaS integration solutions and I wanted to take a look at the latest on offer.

It’s amazing how much these tools have evolved over the past year as well as a number of new tools.  I’m going to publish some of the tests that we have conducted onto our new website, so keep your eye out for that in the next week or so.

I have developed a few standard integration scenarios using common standards such as File Polling, Database access, FTP and Email to name a few.  Next its onto testing integration to SaaS offerings such as Salesforce and Quickbooks online.  The fun continues…

I have to say I have been impressed with the features of some of the tools tested. I was not expecting some of them to be so rich in functionality..  more details to follow as I start to post the results of the testing.

Wal is launched

After much teeth gnashing and back and forth, we’ve managed to publish the website.

We’ve tried to avoid the typical IT corporate look, so hopefully we’ve achieved that at least.

Now we are busy researching the latest in Integration offerings, so stay tuned for more WE DO’s as Wal publishes his findings and we build out our service offerings for the market.