Guide to Starting Your First Boomi Integration Project

2 February 2022

Boomi is an excellent platform for developing and delivering flawless integrations. However, if you are planning to begin working on a Boomi project there are a few questions you should answer before putting together a team for your integration project. Boomi integration experts at PreludeSys can solve any query you may have: get in touch with an expert directly.

  • Is it necessary to have a full-time Boomi expert working on my Cloud project?
  • Is it possible for my person to learn Boomi for this project?
  • What happens if there isn’t a connector available?
  • Exactly when do I require more advanced Boomi skills in a project?
  • What happens when the project has been completed?

Is it necessary to hire a full-time Boomi integration developer?

No, it is not. Boomi is a highly productive setting; much can be achieved quickly. A comprehensive two-way integration can be completed in just thirty to fifty hours, depending on the complexity of the integration. A professional Boomi consultant may complete a project in two to three weeks if everything is completely stated and there are no alterations to the specifications.

But there are always some modifications or changes. Which is why the Six Sprint approach, detailed below, is advisable.

  • Some Boomi services projects require four experienced full-time consultants for ten months.
  • A few initiatives require an average of ten hours each week for three months.

The latter is significantly more common.

Can a current employee or developer learn Boomi?

Yes, especially if it is a straightforward, one-way data push. A consultant with some cloud knowledge can attend Boomi Bootcamp and put together a small integration after completing the training course.

On the other hand, you will most likely need someone with greater Boomi experience if you need to execute something like the following:

  • Handshaking
  • Error reporting
  • Performance tuning
  • Filtering bad data
  • Error handling a fussy API

What should I do if there is no Boomi connector available?

“Named” connectors are accessible for your integration endpoints to make things a lot simpler. In the Boomi environment a connector is a pre-packaged API driver—quickly configured and utilized without the need for programming knowledge.

Pre-built connectors are available for multiple cloud environments such as:

  • Salesforce
  • Netsuite
  • Zuora
  • And about a hundred other platforms

Generic connectors are available with the following major DMBS:

  • Oracle
  • SQLServer
  • MySQL
  • Progress

There are connectors for the file:

  • I/O
  • SFTP
  • EDI

However, connecting to a cloud-based RESTful API requires an HTTP connector to perform the tasks. Often, configuration is sufficient; coding is rarely necessary. Custom headers, security, and formatting may need programming in which case there are several language options to choose from depending on your run-time setup.

Having no pre-built connector is not a barrier but it will increase the development time if the endpoint has a complicated or structured API.

When should I opt for the services of a Boomi consultant during an integration project?

Boomi projects are managed using a services model with six sprints, each of which can be larger or smaller in size depending on the project. The Sprints are as follows:

The first sprint: Establish fundamental Boomi processes to demonstrate connectivity to integration endpoints. This helps manage project risk.

The second sprint: Work on data transformations and lookups, which are the heart of the project.

The third sprint: Devote this to provide service support for the larger business process such as notifications, post-backs, alerts, and migration concerns.

The fourth sprint: After completing (data) transformation, concentrate on (data) validation and transaction quality checks in broader business processes.

The fifth sprint: This should frequently be a component of a larger project and contribute to the overall testing and go live objectives.

The final sprint: Clean up, document, and transfer technology.

  • Follow an agile development strategy with iterations.
  • Begin creating immediately.
  • Use the first development to identify and resolve functional and technical difficulties as they arise.
  • Don’t spend several weeks drafting and revising a requirements document.
  • Speed up the process.

Consequently, the answer is that you should begin developing your Boomi integration right away!

What should we pay attention to after the Boomi project is successfully completed?

Boomi integration processes are often managed by the customer’s IT personnel. They are responsible for the process’s administration. Boomi provides excellent monitoring and error-trapping tools.

Many Boomi integration procedures require little maintenance once they have been in production for a few months. An audit once every six months is sufficient to ensure that connector versions are up to date. A quarterly update cycle is suggested in dynamic environments where business processes are frequently being upgraded or modified. Inquire with us about our support and maintenance services.

Don’t hesitate, get in touch with us. PreludeSys can make your next integration project a success!

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