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BoxBridge: Bridge the Gap Between Your Current Systems and the Cloud

The transformation into a hybrid enterprise is imperative for business leaders across industries today. Those within oil and gas companies in particular are embracing the ability to leverage cloud platforms — such as Box — for security, flexibility, and scalability without sacrificing their legacy applications like Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and P2 Enterprise Upstream. Unfortunately, these disparate systems often do not work well together in their out-of-the-box states, and the lack of collaboration between systems forces users into more workarounds as well as complicated document archival and retrieval processes.

Take, for example, the EBS Attachment Oracle clients use. Their EBS applications provide management solutions for customer relations, services, finance, and projects as well as human resources. Users can already use many of these resource management modules with ease, but it often requires extra steps to integrate information with other tools.  Many users find the existing EBS Attachment limited in functionality, restricted in data size and security, and difficult to integrate with the cloud. These gaps in functionality extend to data organization: When stored together, data is accessible only as a “blob” instead of individually, meaning users cannot pick and choose which files are stored together. This creates a complicated and often confusing system for users to navigate.

Bridging the gap

What is the solution? The experts at Value Global developed BoxBridge, a product designed to alleviate issues related to limited functionality to make implementation intuitive and secure — effectively creating one IT department. True to its name, BoxBridge bridges the gaps between enterprise systems and the cloud, providing seamless, bi-directional communication between both programs while remaining flexible and secure. It offers a quick, intuitive setup and an interface that enhances many business functions such as paying invoices or storing general ledger documents. BoxBridge maintains all Box features, including version control, while allowing users to send data to internal systems as well as to external partners through a single, integrated interface. For oil and gas employees, this means they can send documents to vendors, accountants, and royalty owners through one streamlined interaction.

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The enhancements BoxBridge provides do not end there; future versions will feature automatic scanning integration and cross-functionality with other documentation products, including Google Drive and Documentum. More important, BoxBridge will be compatible with an even wider range of enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs), including SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, and other industry vertical leaders. Integration will be easier than ever, regardless of which software a business leader chooses. As product integration expands, BoxBridge will continue to provide content connectivity and managed services provider (MSP) solutions, thanks to help from implementation partners like WorldLink and Box.com, with more to come.

Working as an MSP solution

A hybrid solution encompassing cloud solutions and traditional systems is now commonplace, and it’s no secret cross-functionality will become essential to every industry. Although MSPs often cut costs and help solve customer issues, their users face the challenge that no single MSP can cover every base. The differences between applications within suites create gaps and steepen the learning curve for suite use — resulting in frustrating user experiences.

Fortunately, Value Global products like BoxBridge lighten the load by making application integration easy and seamless. BoxBridge expands cross-functionality for users and resolves the gaps that arise for MSPs. Value Global’s BoxBridge system improves the collaboration between different systems — with more integrations to come — so users of each may focus on the tenets that drive every great business: innovation, integration, and acceleration.

Value Global offers the best solutions in cloud services, information technology, and managed systems, including Oracle EBS. When it comes to helping you, we prioritize innovation, integration, and efficiency — making it easier for you to expand your business and satisfy your customers! Contact us to learn more about our cloud solutions or visit us online to learn more about our great services.

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Azure vs. AWS: Comparing the Best of the Best

If you’re looking to migrate your ERP system to the Cloud, you’re in luck – you’ve got a ton of options. But between Google, Salesforce, AWS, Oracle, and Azure, this same amazing opportunity for choice can cause decision paralysis. With so many trusted industry players getting in on the Cloud game with fantastic products, it’s hard to know which option is truly the best for your enterprise.

While we’re not going to break down every Cloud option for you (seriously, the list is way too long!), we are going to walk you through a comparison of two of the biggest, most prominent options: Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

We’ve previously broken down the basics and features of AWS on our blog, so before we get into the comparison, let’s take a minute to go through Microsoft’s cloud star: Azure.

About Microsoft Azure

Since its release in 2010 as “Windows Azure’, Microsoft’s comprehensive Cloud offering has consistently been a leader in the IaaS space. Azure can easily integrate with almost any existing IT environment and supports several programming languages. Its 50 service offerings ensure a plethora of options and customization for businesses.

Like AWS, Azure runs on a network of data centers that span across 22 regions, each responsible for a specific location. Also like AWS, Azure offers extensive predictive analytics services, such as machine learning, Cortana analytics, and stream analytics. These allow data from the Cloud to be organized and synthesized into actionable intelligence for businesses.

Azure is an extremely popular Cloud choice for large, established businesses, with more than 66 percent of Fortune 500 companies relying on its services. The Azure cloud integrates seamlessly with a huge variety of infrastructure, operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices. While Azure is not a completely open-source platform, you do have the ability to: run Linux containers with Docker integration; build apps with JavaScript, Python, .NET, PHP, Java and Node.js; build back-ends for iOS, Android and Windows devices. As the result of a deal with Oracle, you can also deploy Oracle-based software on an Azure platform.

As part of their built-in support, Azure offers enterprise grade SLAs on services and 24*7 health monitoring and tech support. To ensure the highest level of security for their users, Azure built the largest network of secure private connections, data residency and encryption features.

By now, you’re probably thinking, “That sounds great! But also Amazon sounds great! This is extremely unhelpful. What was the point again?”

Trust us, we hear you. Both of these options are best in class products from companies that have defined and dominated the tech world from 20 years. It’s not an easy choice, but ultimately, you really can’t go wrong. When it comes down to it, AWS advantages are:

  • Ease of use, intuitive management dashboard and APIs
  • Massive scale and cutting-edge features
  • Resource availability

Azure, on the other hand, offers:

  • Better, bigger options for multi-cloud backup
  • Superior hybrid-cloud offering
  • Seamless integration with Microsoft and Oracle products

If you’re preparing your company for a Cloud implementation and migration, the most important thing you can do is your homework. Analyze your KPIs and determine what’s most important to you. Understand what your company requires from its cloud infrastructure now and in the future so you get a better ideal of your scalability needs. Know what your current systems look like and figure out how your Cloud needs to work with it.

Most importantly, select a vendor who can help your team throughout the entire process – from selection to implementation to adoption – to ensure minimal disruption to your day-to-day operations and maintain the highest integrity of your data. 

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