I am pleased to announce my new role working with the AppFusions team on the re-launch of their blog, Connecting the Enterprise --technologies and people daily. It is an “ongoing resource and viewpoint from AppFusions on the value of connecting business and engineering systems.”
AppFusions provides application integration connectors for a variety of vendors such as Atlassian, IBM, Jive, iRise, Box, GoogleDocs, Dropbox, UserVoice, Alfresco, and more in the hopper. They also closely collaborate with their partner Contegix for turnkey hosted and integrated deployments for their customers. AppFusions' connectors can play a major role in realizing the great cross-system efficiencies and potential when bringing engineering and business systems together (Enterprise 2.0).
Off-the-shelf integration solutions can enable serious breakthroughs in establishing essential Enterprise application connections quickly, and efficiently.
I am excited to be connected to AppFusions as I have great faith in both their mission and the industry potential to finally capture the opportunity of Enterprise 2.0. They believe, and I agree, that business information and process management should be handled by a collection of systems that make up an integrated whole.
To make this happen, connectivity is the key driver. It is the glue that makes real work happen. It brings the benefits of social systems to work processes, as I have covered a good bit on this blog (for example, Putting Social to Work, Integrating the Interactions with the Transactions, and Giving Social Media a Good Job).
Establishing modular system architectures in the Enterprise – from the same vendor or many vendors – from engineering to QA to marketing and the executive office – integrated systems provide greater flexibility, while also allowing an organization to pick and choose the best-of-breed systems for its purposes.
There are reasons for purpose-built systems, and a collection of many is stronger than a single-rigid system, especially if you can connect the strengths (data and workflows) of the different systems with common use case connectors vs. getting on an endless customization path.
AppFusions integration connectors bring together engineering and business systems. They bring together workflows, data files, and information between Enterprise systems for your collective purpose-built Enterprise 2.0 corporate solution of many systems. They allow companies to quickly and cost-effectively create the needed connectivity without going through the old-world pain of massive, costly, and time-consuming integration efforts.
The AppFusions blog will become the vehicle to tell this story and provide use cases demonstrating the essential nature of connectors. I will be doing interviews with many of the AppFusions partners, as well as providing industry commentary. Ellen Feaheny and others on the AppFusiosn team will also be providing a variety of posts. I invite you to check it out and look forward to my ongoing participation. Here is my post today, Doing Well by Doing Good, Humanizing the Enterprise. Here are some of the posts that I have provided so far: