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28 Aug 2015

CAUTION: pitfalls, shortcomings lie ahead for legacy integration solutions

iStock_000070514489_SmallWhen Liaison launched the Liaison ALLOY™ Platform earlier this year, I wrote in my blog that ALLOY was the first platform to “address integration and data management problems never before seen in the marketplace” and that it would fill “the gaps left by other solutions.”

Since then, we’ve talked a lot about why legacy integration solutions such as ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) and iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) are not up to the challenges of today’s fast moving and complex data landscape. Understanding the shortcomings of these integration solutions is an important first step in determining what your enterprise’s integration approach needs to look like in the future.

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24 Aug 2015

Using a data platform as a service approach to comply with IDMP and other regulatory mandates

iStock_000044064250_SmallThe European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) ambitious initiative to uniquely identify drug products and their attributes worldwide requires that pharmaceuticals embark upon equally ambitious initiatives in order to achieve compliance. And with the ISO IDMP (Identification of Medicinal Products) standard taking effect in 2016, there is very little time for those governed by the mandate to design and implement the enterprise-wide data management processes needed to aggregate, cleanse, validate and ultimately syndicate product data.

There are five standards developed containing the data elements and structures for unique identification and exchange of regulated medicinal products for human use. These are: ISO 11615, ISO 11616, ISO 11238, ISO 11239, and ISO 11240. The EMA is the first one to adopt these standards and the USA is expected to require it next. The penalties for non-compliance have not been announced yet but various field experts expect them to be severe and based off of a certain percentage of revenues for the medicinal products sold in the EU.

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20 Aug 2015

Need a reason to switch to a managed services integration provider? We've got five of them them!

B2BIntegration_IllustrationforBlogMany companies with aging IT infrastructures or thinly stretched IT resources - or a simple desire for more efficient integration operations - are turning to managed services as a practical alternative for their EDI, business-to-business (B2B), data management and enterprise application integration (EAI) needs.

I wanted to share a mini-brief we developed that identifies the top five reasons why a managed services approach makes sense for your EDI and B2B integration operations:
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13 Aug 2015

What do the Presidential elections have to do with your integration strategy?

58525670_thumbnailEvery four years on presidential election night, Americans tune into their televisions—or laptops or smart phones or tablets—to hear the media outlets “call” the states one by one as the polls close. It’s an exciting night and the networks pull out all the stops to keep you on the edge of your seat for hours with dramatic “magic walls,” “decision desks,” and hologram correspondents. Who knows what’s in the works for election night 2016, but I’m sure it will be nail bitingly inventive.

However, fast-forward a couple of election cycles past 2016 and I think we’re likely to see more subdued coverage. Why? Because big data statistical models—such as the one statistician Nate Silver used in the 2012 presidential election to accurately (and astonishingly) predict the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia—will be stealing the thunder. As these big data models become more powerful and more accurate and their predictions are consistently borne out, news organizations will need to find a new tone and context in which to report on increasingly foregone conclusions.

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22 Jul 2015

5 signs you need a better B2B integration solution

iStock_000049989094_SmallNo business is an island. To succeed, you need strong relationships with suppliers, vendors and customers. The strength of these relationships relies on B2B integration solutions that share data among your trading partners reliably, efficiently, and securely. The right B2B integration solution and strategy can reduce operating costs, increase efficiencies, decrease manual processes, expedite cycle times, and streamline trading partner management. How do you know if you need a new and better solution?

Liaison Technologies has prepared a brief guide that outlines five key signs you should look for when deciding to stick with your current system, and tips on how to evaluate a new solution.

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30 Jun 2015

Five examples of tough data integration challenges

iStock_000068436209_SmallLast Friday, I posted some resources for those of you interested in learning more about dPaaS (Data Platform as a Service). To follow up, I wanted to share another set of resources with you that highlight the Liaison ALLOY™ Platform, the industry’s first dPaaS solution.

First up is a quick read titled 5 Examples of Tough Data Integration Challenges that Are Solved with the Liaison ALLOY Platform. This whitepaper identifies how ALLOY, through its holistic approach to integration and data management, is uniquely positioned to improve operational efficiency and deliver real-time, actionable insights to your enterprise. It’s the first of a series of six whitepapers so keep a look out for future whitepaper download offerings to be posted throughout July.

 If you find the whitepaper insightful, Ovum’s latest report titled On the Radar: Liaison Technologies  may also be of interest. In this report, analyst Saurabh Sharma recognizes ALLOY as an effective approach to breaking down the barriers between integration and data management disciplines.

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26 Jun 2015

Have questions about dPaaS? We have answers!

iStock_000062484362_SmallHave you been wondering what Data Platform as a Service (dPaaS) is? You’re not alone! With the recent launch of our Liaison ALLOY platform, the first dPaaS solution on the market, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions about dPaaS and its revolutionary approach to improving analytics through unified integration and data management.

In fact, all the ‘buzz’ caught the attention of Philip Russom, director of TDWI Research for data management. So much so that he joined Liaison’s VP of product marketing, Pat Adamiak, last month in presenting a webinar titled What is Data Platform as a Service (dPaaS) and what can it do for your business?.

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01 Jun 2015

dPaaS – a robust integration and data management approach

 iStock_000055562170_SmallLast week I had the honor of sharing the virtual stage with Phillip Russom, Director of Research at TDWI in a webinar titled: What is Data Platform as a Service (dPaaS) and what can it do for your business?

I found Phillip’s comprehensive insights on the topic thought provoking. Based on some of the great questions that we received at the end of the session I am sure many in the large audience felt similarly.
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14 May 2015

Clinical lab business success is driven by data

healthcare_1Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Executive War College, an annual event hosted by the Dark Report. It is a relatively small conference of lab industry leaders, sharing ideas on how to be successful in the changing world of healthcare. Most of those strategies have a strong dependence on clinical and business data.

Success in the lab business has never been more challenging than it is today. There is consolidation and increasing competitive pressure from national labs; new technologies and business approaches being deployed to retail pharmacies for testing; and changing reimbursement models from Medicare and commercial payers. In order to react intelligently to these market pressures, labs must take a very quantitative approach to understanding their current business and looking for meaningful opportunities.

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13 May 2015

How To enable shadow IT through a data-centric approach to integration

By Madhukar Kumar, VP Product Management, Liaison Technologies

global-data-flow-thinkstock-100570174-primary.idgeIt used to be called "Rogue IT." These days it is often referred to as "Shadow IT." In the future it could very likely be called "Dispersed IT" or "Federated IT." 

What is it? It is the phenomenon where individuals and lines of businesses embark upon IT projects without the involvement of IT. It could be as simple as using apps like Dropbox to share and collaborate documents or as complex as going out and buying multiple cloud based apps like Salesforce or Netsuite. 

Last week I was at conference where I met several CIOs

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