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2nd Gear Going CI/CD

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Dear Customer

Continuous integration (CI) is the practice of automating the integration of code changes from multiple contributors into a single software project. The CI process is comprised of automatic tools that assert the new code’s correctness before integration.

A source code version control system is the crux of the CI process. The version control system is also supplemented with other checks like automated code quality tests, syntax style review tools, and more. 

The most widely used version control system nowadays is Git.

Take a look into the future as we reveal our CI/CD road map.

Join our upcoming webinar and be the first to switch into 2nd gear with Magic xpa new generation.

Date: 10th November 2020 

Time: 07:00 AM IDT / 10:30 AM IST / 12:00 PM ICT / 12:00 PM WIB / 01:00 PM PHT / 01:00 PM SGT / 02:00 PM KST / 04:00 PM AEDT /  06:00 PM NZDT

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5663412181894863632

Webinar agenda

  • CI-CD Introduction
  • Git concepts : local areas, commits, branching, merging and remote repos
  • Git flow – A branching model based on Git
  • Magic with Git demonstration:
    • Identification of a local Git repo
    • Automatic version control ID per developer
    • Automatic branch ID per branch per developer
    • Git Prerequisites
    • Branch based development
    • Pull/push with a remote repo
    • Compare & Merge as the tool for a visualization of to-be
      merged sources, and conflict resolving

We would love for you to join us and the rest of the Magic xpa community.

Make sure you reserve your spot and mark your calendar today!

Integral Magic xpa team

Digital Transformation Readiness: 7 Steps To Prepare For IIoT and AI

7 Steps to prepare for IIOT and AI

Manufacturing today faces many challenges including rising operational costs, operational inefficiencies, reduced budgets and the requirement to release products faster.

Digital technologies such as AI, cloud, and analytics can enable manufacturers to create a differentiation due to increased productivity and reduced operational risk, while improving product quality and customer satisfaction.

However, many business processes in today’s manufacturing environment are often full of information gaps. Many large organizations find themselves paralyzed by old IT architectures or legacy systems with the inability to effectively manage manufacturing processes involving multiple datasets between the shop floor and the back office.

Here is a checklist of preparedness for industrial internet of things (IIoT) and AI that can help assess your organization’s ability to support the factory of the future.

1. Do you have paper-based processes?

You might be surprised that something as complex as sourcing components from multiple suppliers and sister factories, including products with long lead times, is still being done using Excel. However, relying on paper processes will prevent the ability to synthesize information from multiple data sources, and to calculate, communicate and compare key performance indicators (KPIs) to continuously improve productivity.

2. Are there manual processes that could benefit from automation?

In many cases, manufacturers still rely on manual processes for quality control and auditing to measure compliance to regulations. Automation is essential not only for saving man hours and reducing product defects, but also for providing the necessary flexibility to adjust to the rapid rate of changes in regulations and new product requirements.

3. Do you have a complete real-time view about shop floor operations for pre- and post-production?

There are many new business processes that are enabled due to improved ways to collect, share, and analyze production data. For example, operations can be monitored and even controlled remotely. Different processes or departments operating in silos can collaborate better to create more efficiency and value. Consumer packaged goods companies can detect and reduce theft by tagging and tracing products throughout the supply chain. With the advent of IIoT and AI there are countless new ways to use connected operations for differentiation and advantage, but before the technology can be put in place, the new business processes need to be identified and analyzed. This is an opportunity for enterprises to bring their business to the next level, providing new revenue streams, value producing opportunities, and growth – in order to differentiate from their competitors.

4. Are your systems integrated, end-to-end, including ERP, CRM, MES etc., to increase productivity?

To support the factory of the future there needs to be a manufacturing environment in which shop floor and back office systems can communicate easily and offers real-time access to critical data anywhere in the supply chain on any system. A steady stream of performance and production data needs to be collected, stored, analyzed and shared efficiently, reliably and securely. When systems can communicate seamlessly together an end-to-end process can be optimized. For example, when MES and ERP systems are fully integrated and there is an equipment problem, replacement parts can and a service ticket for a qualified technician can be generated automatically.

5. Have you created new business models based on your digital transformation activities?

For many plant managers, the increase in data as a result of IIoT just makes more work. Deployment of sensors to monitor machines and products provides vast opportunities for automated collection of operational and supply chain data.

According to a recent survey, “80 percent or more of production systems contain legacy equipment never designed to communicate beyond the plant floor.” Driven by the need for real-time access to critical data from various data sources as well as collaboration across the supply chain, more and more manufacturing software applications are migrating to the cloud and using advanced and predictive analytics for better operational intelligence. This includes processing data from various data sources, which allows discovery of unexpected failure and events, more accurate decisions in real time, reduced operational risk, and a better understanding of customer behavior.

6. Are you fully utilizing your data, or is it stuck in a data swamp?

For many plant managers, the increase in data as a result of IIoT just makes more work. Deployment of sensors to monitor machines and products provides vast opportunities for automated collection of operational and supply chain data.

According to a recent survey, “80 percent or more of production systems contain legacy equipment never designed to communicate beyond the plant floor.” Driven by the need for real-time access to critical data from various data sources as well as collaboration across the supply chain, more and more manufacturing software applications are migrating to the cloud and using advanced and predictive analytics for better operational intelligence. This includes processing data from various data sources, which allows discovery of unexpected failure and events, more accurate decisions in real time, reduced operational risk, and a better understanding of customer behavior.

7. Are you still relying on hard-coded connections between systems?

Hand-coded system integrations can be more resource efficient in the beginning, since projects are limited in scope and often internal resources can be used. But, in time, these projects can multiply rapidly and become unwieldy as more and more systems become part of a manufacturer’s information network. A more resource efficient and practical solution can be a multi-point third party software platform that provides scalability and proven unified data handling for all of the integrated systems.

The advantages of AI and IoT will only increase as technology matures and more use cases are developed. However, before advanced technologies can be implemented, processes need to be automated and systems need to be connected. To reap the benefits of the age of modern digital manufacturing, new business processes that can benefit from shared information need to be identified and analyzed. Once the relevant business processes are digitized, an IT infrastructure for sharing and analyzing production data can power the factory of the future. The digital disruption is happening now.

Originally Posted by Magic Software – https://www.magicsoftware.com/media/digital-transformation-readiness-7-steps-to-prepare-for-iiot-and-ai/

10 Tips For CRM System Integration Projects (Part 2)

In our Previous Post “10 Tips for CRM System Integration Projects about CRM Integration“. We discussed five best practices to help ensure that your CRM Systems Integration Project is a Success. The team at Integral are specialists in code-free CRM Integration – So whether it’s Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Sugar CRM, in fact, any CRM, we know how to help you extend the capability of it, delivering you greater efficiencies and return on investment. Here are some great tips on ensuring your project runs smoothly.

Here are the next tips:

1. Define Change Management Procedures

Some organizations lack the formal methodology to handle change orders. In addition, changes to the CRM and other systems being integrated may not be locked down during the integration project. The result can be chaotic from a requirements, implementation and testing perspective.

3. Use Consultants when Necessary

CRM integration may be new territory for your IT staff and management. Try supplementing your experience with proven consultants or consulting firms that can leverage experience from a wide array of CRM integration projects, especially your particular vendor.

2. Manage Users’ Resistance to Change

Introducing change to an organization always carries with it the risk of institutional or market resistance. Make sure the processes have been vetted by stakeholders and customers and that they are introduced properly so as to gain maximum adoption and adherence.

4. Secure Ongoing Support

New or unproven integration infrastructure represents a risk factor. Make certain vendor experts are available to back up your team, not only with technical bugs but with implementation experience and best practice advice and/or services.

5. Test Early and Often

Test plans should be introduced early. Test scripts and automated testing may be able to help ensure accelerated and more complete discovery of problems early in the CRM integration project.

CRM projects are instrumental for improving customer service, facilitating intra-department communication, and streamlining labor-intensive processes. However, ensuring the success of CRM system integration projects requires anticipating every hiccup on the way and taking necessary measures to avoid common mistakes because of the complexity of these projects and their impact on all customer-related business processes.

Originally Posted by Magic Software – https://www.magicsoftware.com/magic-blog/10-tips-for-crm-system-integration-projects-part-2/

10 Tips For CRM System Integration Projects

There are at least a dozen oft-quoted industry analyst reports that estimate that the failure rate of CRM Products is between 18 and 69 Percent.

This Data Corroborates a well-known Fact in Our Industry:

CRM Systems Integration projects can be very risky to implement. Projects can go over time and budget when risk factors are no identified up front and necessary adjustments are not made. The team at Integral are specialists in code-free CRM Integration – So whether it’s Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Sugar CRM, in fact, any CRM, we know how to help you extend the capability of it, delivering you greater efficiencies and return on investment. Here are some great tips on ensuring your project runs smoothly.

1. Avoid the Big Bang Approach

Projects that attempt to integrate everything at once, are less likely to have a successful, timely, on-budget rollout. Breaking up the CRM project into smaller, more manageable components is critical because business needs change over time. It’s best to identify the portions of the project that can provide true and immediate business benefits, and start with those. Scale down the scope of your implementation and focus on quick, easy wins while allowing your team to build its expertise.

3. Invest in the Right Infrastructure

Undertaking a CRM integration project with the wrong infrastructure to support your team can lead to serious issues and excessive costs. Avoid solutions that rely on manual programming or overly complex, heavy middleware software sets. Focus on single-stack, single-studio solutions with an enterprise class integration platform.

2. Have Clear and Specific Requirements

When the use case has been poorly thought through, requirements can change frequently and create chaos in a CRM integration project. Everyone, including IT, salespeople, customers, the software vendor, and integrators, has to agree on what the expectations are, how the project will be implemented, and over what time frame. And if they can’t define the end product, they should define it in pieces. There is nothing wrong with using an agile methodology, but it still helps to have a clear vision before you begin.

4. Avoid Impossible Schedules

Aggressive schedules are fine but impossible schedules must be avoided. Set realistic expectations by establishing an accurate estimate of the integration efforts required for your project. If necessary, bring in an outside firm to provide an estimate of the effort required.

5. Minimize Staff Turnover

Changes in project management, business analysts, developers, and stakeholders can complicate completion of a project. Try to avoid turnover by gaining commitments from participants that they are available for the expected duration of the project

Like what you have read ?

check out the next 5 tips on our second post

Originally Posted by Magic Software –https://www.magicsoftware.com/magic-blog/10-tips-for-crm-system-integration-projects-part-1/

Why Magic XPI’s agnostic integration approach helped Bender GmbH to Digitize their Back Office

Bender GmbH is a Global Market Leader For Electrical Safety Solutions…

..with a wide range of products manufactured in two production sites in Germany. It employs over 900 employees worldwide and more than 70 representatives in 16 countries.

For over eight decades, the company has been producing high-quality products that enjoy an excellent international reputation and are used worldwide in all industries for measuring and monitoring unearthed and earthed networks. 

Lack of digital back-office capabilities led to increased costs and time waste

Manufacturing at Bender is already fully digitalized throughout its two production plants. The demand-driven production is equipped with the latest Industry 4.0 systems, including an MES system linked to SAP and processes that are mostly digitized. 

In contrast, the back-office was managed in a manual, haphazard, and ad-hoc manner. Back-office employees still handled individual orders, approvals, and release processes manually and outside of the ERP system. Customer-facing employees used older stand-alone applications such as SAP R/3 to record and process customer information. 

Moreover, connecting these applications was established via custom-made interfaces that the IT department developed, adding to complexity of IT infrastructure and convoluted processes throughout the organisation. For example, connecting SAP R/3 to Salesforce was done with the help of one small integration application. In order to connect Sharepoint with SAP, Bender GMBH’s IT team had to develop an interface from scratch. 

This manual processing in the back office and customer area resulted in high costs and increased time expenditure. 

Digitizing the back office operations with Magic xpi

The growing importance of a safe power supply and the expected boom in mobility for electric and hybrid vehicles are positive developments for the Bender Group. But the key to successfully serving this growing customer demand lies is an agile manufacturing structure in all areas.

With the Magic xpi integration platform, Bender now automates and digitalizes its business processes in the back office and improves workflows, ensuring smooth operations, improved customer service, and reduced costs.

“Magic xpi is a strategic integration platform of central importance for our company. With its flexibility and versatility, Magic significantly supports the digital change in our business areas”

Oliver Bohmer , CIO Of Bender GmbH

Magic xpi increases efficiency by digitizing the back-office functions and seamlessly connecting the back-office with the production floor. 

 

Driving efficiency from shop floor to top floor and eliminating data silos throughout the organisation

Bender strategically chose Magic xpi as its central integration platform to be used in all business units, specialist departments, and IT systems. For digital transformation in the back office and customer area to materialize, old workflows, isolated applications, point-to-point integrations, and older applications had to be replaced and integrated.

At the same time, the important DSGVO functionalities had to be implemented in compliance with legal requirements and integrated into the existing systems. 

With the help of numerous standardized interfaces, Magic xpi enabled Bender’s IT team to connect business-critical systems such as SAP R/3, Salesforce, and Sharepoint easily, eliminating data silos as a result. Data exchange across departments and applications is now seamless and fully automated. 

Digitizing manual processes and upgrading workflows

Magic xpi enabled Bender’s IT department to replace manual, proprietary interfaces, used by the back-office team, with a central integration platform with standardized interfaces.

By automating workflows and seamlessly connecting SAP, Salesforce, and Sharepoint applications with Magic xpi, Bender is digitizing its back office and increasing the efficiency of the entire company.  With the middleware, processes and solutions are now implemented that were previously not possible. The need for customized interface development is mostly eliminated.

Strengthening and enhancing the IT department 

The actions the Bender Group took to innovate their business processes have ultimately supported the efforts to modernize IT within the company. IT experts can now leverage newly found resources to accelerate the agile development of applications, create a collaborative environment, and address the growing demands placed on IT to find suitable solutions quickly and efficiently.

Why Bender ultimately chose Magic xpi to drive back-office digitization

With Magic xpi,  Bender is digitizing its back office and increasing the efficiency of the entire company through automated business processes and workflows, seamlessly connected SAP, Salesforce, and Sharepoint applications. 

Bender is already planning further projects with Magic xpi. Among these, the integration into Microsoft Office 365 and migrating the collaboration environment to Microsoft Office 365.

Are you ready to take advantage of Magic xpi capabilities to accelerate digital transformation?






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