Selection Guide

Benefits of using Alumio vs. internal microservices

Benefits of using Alumio vs. internal microservices

Benefits of using Alumio vs. internal microservices

Nowadays, data plays a very important role within the industry. For example, companies are collecting more and more data on a larger scale, so that they can better understand their customers and thus serve them even better. Data plays such a central role in many companies that it could be said that this has become one of the most valuable assets. And if the accuracy and reliability of data is assured, it can be turned into important information. Information the company can use to excel. Because of the value this data brings, it is wise for a company to think about how the IT landscape can best be organized. In this article we will discuss the benefits of Alumio.

Benefits

1. Monitoring and debugging thanks to extensive logging

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Alumio is shipped with an extensive logging module. This module ensures that all relevant information regarding the movements and transformation of data between the applications is saved. This will make it easier to debug and eliminate problems.

2. Combine data from different sources

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Take for example an e-commerce company using Magento as the end point and any ERP package as the source application. In addition to the ERP package, there is another source application, namely a Product Information Alumio package such as Akeneo in which the product data is enriched. In most situations, the ERP package will provide the basic product information, such as the SKU. Alumio offers the ability to combine the data from both applications before it is updated all at once in the target application.

3. Applying transformations to data

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This is possible thanks to the user-friendly user interface of Alumio. Alumio offers a no-code solution which makes it very easy to apply transformations to data to make it compatible with the source/target application. Think for example of upper casing of country codes, or doing mathematical calculations on one or more figures.

4. Replacing a source/target application

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Everything within a Alumio environment can be configured. For example, if the URL of a source changes, this change can be implemented within a few minutes through the user interface. Do you change supplier with a different protocol? Even then, in most cases, you can quickly implement the required changes. On top of that Alumio could even provide the transition between these two applications. Alumio can facilitate the required migration of data between the new and old application so that business can continue as usual.

5. Less dependent on updates, therefore a faster time-to-market

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Alumio often uses the API to communicate with the various applications. An API can be seen as a contract between supplier and customer, in which agreements have been made about the reading and editing of data within an application. Suppliers often offer a module in addition to this API that can be used to make a connection between two applications quite simply. The disadvantage of this method is that the code of the module quickly becomes obsolete, making the (unavoidable) updates of the application more difficult. If you use the API of both applications, this problem will not occur, because the API is usually available within the application by default. However Alumio isn’t limited to just API communication. Alumio is able to communicate with everything, independent of its protocol. Example of other protocols being SOAP, FTP or directly connecting with databases.

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons to choose a platform like Alumio.
Hopefully this article will give you the opportunity to think about the organization of the IT landscape within your company.

Nowadays, data plays a very important role within the industry. For example, companies are collecting more and more data on a larger scale, so that they can better understand their customers and thus serve them even better. Data plays such a central role in many companies that it could be said that this has become one of the most valuable assets. And if the accuracy and reliability of data is assured, it can be turned into important information. Information the company can use to excel. Because of the value this data brings, it is wise for a company to think about how the IT landscape can best be organized. In this article we will discuss the benefits of Alumio.

Benefits

1. Monitoring and debugging thanks to extensive logging

iconfinder_m-08_4230553.png

Alumio is shipped with an extensive logging module. This module ensures that all relevant information regarding the movements and transformation of data between the applications is saved. This will make it easier to debug and eliminate problems.

2. Combine data from different sources

iconfinder_m-03_4230562.png

Take for example an e-commerce company using Magento as the end point and any ERP package as the source application. In addition to the ERP package, there is another source application, namely a Product Information Alumio package such as Akeneo in which the product data is enriched. In most situations, the ERP package will provide the basic product information, such as the SKU. Alumio offers the ability to combine the data from both applications before it is updated all at once in the target application.

3. Applying transformations to data

iconfinder_m-40_4230528.png

This is possible thanks to the user-friendly user interface of Alumio. Alumio offers a no-code solution which makes it very easy to apply transformations to data to make it compatible with the source/target application. Think for example of upper casing of country codes, or doing mathematical calculations on one or more figures.

4. Replacing a source/target application

iconfinder_m-14_4230554.png

Everything within a Alumio environment can be configured. For example, if the URL of a source changes, this change can be implemented within a few minutes through the user interface. Do you change supplier with a different protocol? Even then, in most cases, you can quickly implement the required changes. On top of that Alumio could even provide the transition between these two applications. Alumio can facilitate the required migration of data between the new and old application so that business can continue as usual.

5. Less dependent on updates, therefore a faster time-to-market

iconfinder_m-10_4230557.png

Alumio often uses the API to communicate with the various applications. An API can be seen as a contract between supplier and customer, in which agreements have been made about the reading and editing of data within an application. Suppliers often offer a module in addition to this API that can be used to make a connection between two applications quite simply. The disadvantage of this method is that the code of the module quickly becomes obsolete, making the (unavoidable) updates of the application more difficult. If you use the API of both applications, this problem will not occur, because the API is usually available within the application by default. However Alumio isn’t limited to just API communication. Alumio is able to communicate with everything, independent of its protocol. Example of other protocols being SOAP, FTP or directly connecting with databases.

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons to choose a platform like Alumio.
Hopefully this article will give you the opportunity to think about the organization of the IT landscape within your company.

Solve your shortage of IT personnel
Setup and maintain low-code integrations by less technically skilled employees, freeing your senior developers to solve other complex coding problems.

Leave support to facilitation roles
The easy-to-use interface of the iPaaS, coupled with its Monitoring & Logging system that automates error detection and troubleshooting, requires minimum tech support.  

Less overruns
The iPaaS helps highlight and eliminate roadblocks to better customer satisfaction. It also makes integration data flows visible for users and project managers to review and optimize together.

Bypass the hassles of custom coding with our iPaaS
Instead of investing significant money and time in developing your own integration solution, simply get an iPaaS to create, manage, monitor, and secure your integrations for you.


6 Key Business Benefits of using Alumio’s iPaas for Agencies & System Integrators

1) Let the API Datapoints be created via SAP Consultants

Risk of low quality & performance errors
If your team will create the data points in the API’s for a fully blown SAP B2B portal, for the first time, the risk of forgetting data fields, the wrong type / logic of creating webservices in a way they will not perform is enormous.    

Let's give you 1 example and insight:   In order to create a customer or so-called self-service portal in your B2B eCommerce, where customers can have a look to their current stats of orders and deliveries, or the history of orders, you need to create 2 separate webservice to make sure you are not over requesting the SAP API. You need to create a separate web service which only requests the header information (invoice number,  for only the latest 10 items, etc and 1 separate which request the detailed information of an invoice. rserd customer will look for a list of first and only will have a look to 1 order/ delivery. The API call of the headers is exceptionally light, and the request of detailed information is a bit heavier. By using 2 APIs call for this feature, you are preventing to request all the detailed information for every user, which will visit the self-service portal. This way if building the API’s is 98% lighter than requesting all detailed information for all orders by all users!

The risk of configuring your webservice in a way which will get a big load to your SAP is enormous. When requesting all products, B2B Prices, Orders or Invoices to your SAP using real-time calls via a wrong logic, it may cause serious  performance problems. It is  therefore extremely important to configure the webservice with the right logic, using a smart caching  mechanism, to not request data in real-time by using “call” requests to your  API webservices, however  use a push mechanism to prevent big load and performance issues

2) Use an off the shelf certified and proven SAP API Plugin

1) Let the API Datapoints be created via Dynamics Consultants

Risk of low quality & performance errors
If your team will create the data points in the API’s for a fully blown Dynamics B2B portal, for the first time, the risk of forgetting data fields, the wrong type / logic of creating webservices in a way they will not perform is enormous.    

Let's give you 1 example and insight:   In order to create a customer or so-called self-service portal in your B2B eCommerce, where customers can have a look to their current stats of orders and deliveries, or the history of orders, you need to create 2 separate webservice to make sure you are not over requesting the Dynamics API. You need to create a separate web service which only requests the header information (invoice number,  for only the latest 10 items, etc and 1 separate which request the detailed information of an invoice.The customer will look for a list of first and only will have a look to 1 delivery. The API call of the headers is exceptionally light, and the request of detailed information is a bit heavier. By using 2 APIs call for this feature, you are preventing to request all the detailed information for every user, which will visit the self-service portal. This way if building the API’s is 98% lighter than requesting all detailed information for all orders by all users!

The risk of configuring your webservice in a way which will get a big load to your Dynamics is enormous. When requesting all products, B2B Prices, Orders or Invoices to your Dynamics using real-time calls via a wrong logic, it may cause serious  performance problems. It is  therefore extremely important to configure the webservice with the right logic, using a smart caching  mechanism, to not request data in real-time by using “call” requests to your  API webservices, however  use a push mechanism to prevent big load and performance issues

2) Use an off the shelf certified and proven SAP API Plugin

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Benefits of using Alumio vs. internal microservices

Nowadays, data plays a very important role within the industry. For example, companies are collecting more and more data on a larger scale, so that they can better understand their customers and thus serve them even better. Data plays such a central role in many companies that it could be said that this has become one of the most valuable assets. And if the accuracy and reliability of data is assured, it can be turned into important information. Information the company can use to excel. Because of the value this data brings, it is wise for a company to think about how the IT landscape can best be organized. In this article we will discuss the benefits of Alumio.

Benefits

1. Monitoring and debugging thanks to extensive logging

iconfinder_m-08_4230553.png

Alumio is shipped with an extensive logging module. This module ensures that all relevant information regarding the movements and transformation of data between the applications is saved. This will make it easier to debug and eliminate problems.

2. Combine data from different sources

iconfinder_m-03_4230562.png

Take for example an e-commerce company using Magento as the end point and any ERP package as the source application. In addition to the ERP package, there is another source application, namely a Product Information Alumio package such as Akeneo in which the product data is enriched. In most situations, the ERP package will provide the basic product information, such as the SKU. Alumio offers the ability to combine the data from both applications before it is updated all at once in the target application.

3. Applying transformations to data

iconfinder_m-40_4230528.png

This is possible thanks to the user-friendly user interface of Alumio. Alumio offers a no-code solution which makes it very easy to apply transformations to data to make it compatible with the source/target application. Think for example of upper casing of country codes, or doing mathematical calculations on one or more figures.

4. Replacing a source/target application

iconfinder_m-14_4230554.png

Everything within a Alumio environment can be configured. For example, if the URL of a source changes, this change can be implemented within a few minutes through the user interface. Do you change supplier with a different protocol? Even then, in most cases, you can quickly implement the required changes. On top of that Alumio could even provide the transition between these two applications. Alumio can facilitate the required migration of data between the new and old application so that business can continue as usual.

5. Less dependent on updates, therefore a faster time-to-market

iconfinder_m-10_4230557.png

Alumio often uses the API to communicate with the various applications. An API can be seen as a contract between supplier and customer, in which agreements have been made about the reading and editing of data within an application. Suppliers often offer a module in addition to this API that can be used to make a connection between two applications quite simply. The disadvantage of this method is that the code of the module quickly becomes obsolete, making the (unavoidable) updates of the application more difficult. If you use the API of both applications, this problem will not occur, because the API is usually available within the application by default. However Alumio isn’t limited to just API communication. Alumio is able to communicate with everything, independent of its protocol. Example of other protocols being SOAP, FTP or directly connecting with databases.

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons to choose a platform like Alumio.
Hopefully this article will give you the opportunity to think about the organization of the IT landscape within your company.

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