3 Considerations before putting your Data in the Cloud

The cloud has become a popular place to store the astoundingly huge amounts of data produced. There are many benefits, such as the price, when it comes to hosting on the cloud and these benefits are what have drawn so many companies here in the first place. You have the ability to access your data from virtually anywhere, so long as you have access to the internet. This convenience is Sharing files is incredibly simple to do with the cloud, as well. Sharing through the cloud can free up space in other areas for your company.

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Your company’s data is by far one of its most precious and highly guarded assets, however, so before moving all of this precious data to the cloud, there are a few things you need to consider. Security How secure is the cloud? Some providers are more secure than others. It is important to choose a provider that has experience and resilience. There have been instances of compromised security that have had big consequences. You don’t want this happening to you and using an experienced provider with encrypted communications and proper management and mitigation practices, will increase the level of security you data has. Security needs to be tested regularly to make sure holes to not exist. If they do, they can be dealt with before a breach compromises your data. Control of Data Who owns your data? You need to make sure to find a provider who answers this question with one simple word- you. Your client information and data should be completely owned by you for privacy reasons. Some providers might allow information from your data to be used for advertising or data mining. When you own your data, this will not be a concern. Your provider should know the legal requirements and processes related to hosting your data on the cloud. Compliance Are they up to standards? There are international, country, and industry-specific compliance standards for hosted infrastructure. Your cloud provider should meet all of these standards and be willing to share the details with you. This transparency demonstrates the quality of their infrastructure; which can be audited by a third party, at your request, should you have any doubts. These considerations are reliant on one important thing- the provider you use for cloud storage. Picking a provider who knows your industry well is the first step. You want to make sure the provider you choose is also able to give you the level of security, control, and compliance you desire. Anything less could be worse than dissatisfying, it could leave you exposed to data breaches. Read more about Ryvit’s cloud hosted security.  

3 Keys to Recruiting Top Developers

Recruiting the top talent in any industry is a challenge. It takes time, patients, and a good game plan. Recruiting top developers can be even more challenging. The IT and software industries and booming and developers are highly sought after. These professionals usually have their pick of companies while job hunting and making them choose you is not simple. There are 3 keys to attracting top developers any company can follow. Focus on Culture A company’s culture can be hard for a prospective employee to grasp before they accept a position. Your culture can be a huge factor in the prospective employee’s decision, however. Create an employee brand that is clear and understandable.

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This can be done through a few different means all while using pictures, videos and social media to boost your culture. Glassdoor can promote your company. Videos that articulate the internal workings of your company give prospective employees a better idea of what to expect in their day to day. Testimonials can also be a powerful tool. Actively sitting on boards shows a community involvement. These few simple tools will help you attract the best talent because they will understand what they can expect from your company and what you have to offer them when it comes to culture. Comprehensive Assessment Process Being choosy about who you hire will keep your employee pool in tip top shape because employees want to work with other talented people. Qualifying customers shouldn’t be the only place you spend qualifying- spend time qualifying potential employees as well. Personality and cognitive assessment surveys are a tried and true tool when it comes to hiring best practices.   Identify the profile of a solid developer and use only the profiles that match that profile.  Using tools early in the process saves time and energy of your critical resources in the interview process. The science behind them helps make sure a prospective employee is a good fit. Use behavioral based screenings and interviewing techniques to understand how this person reacts to typical workplace situations. Compensation Of course a huge deciding factor in a developer’s employer choice is compensation. Understand what you need to pay to get a good developer and create a comprehensive compensation strategy to help build your entire compensation plan (hint: it’s not always about money!).  Not every company has a huge budget to work with so you have to come up with creative ways to look at compensation. Signing and referral bonuses are a great benefit that will help attract top talent to your organization. Bonuses can also be tied to your values as an organization. PTO, Flex Time, and other perks can help augment salary if budget it tight.  At the end, make sure your total compensation plan matches the level of talent you want in your organization.

6 Best Practices for Creating an RFP

Writing an RFP or request for proposal can be a daunting task. At its core, it seems simple enough- you have a problem and you want vendors to offer their solution. Giving prospective vendors a good look into your company, how you work, and what you need from them isn’t easy, however. Bringing clarity must be balanced with seeking knowledge. This fine line has to be walked after scouring the internet for a list of vendors who you think will suit your needs.

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This process can take a long time for a first timer and that might be time your company does not have to spare. A well-executed RFP can save time and money in the long run. If you think through what you would want to know as a vendor while creating your RFP, you will have much more success. These best practices are easy to follow and will get you well on your way to an excellent RFP.

  1. Focus on Format

Be clear and concise. Vendors expect RFPs to be easy to evaluate and clear to read. The organization can also make a difference. Add cover pages and tables of contents for ease. Being organized with your format will also help you include all of the information you need to, and not leave anything out.

  1. What’s the Problem?

Go into detail. This problem you are trying to fix could be quite complicated. The solution or service proposed could be different if the problem is not given detail. The vendors need to know where gaps exist so they can offer solutions. Make sure you stick to the formatting best practice and balance being as concise as possible.

  1. How can vendors Return Information?

Include when and where to return the proposal along with the desired format. A standard format will make it easier on you as you look through multiple proposals. You can include this information in your introduction. Make sure to also include the date in which you want the proposals returned and how you will evaluate them.

  1. Give Vendors a Point of Contact

Give vendors an internal contact to come to with questions. No matter how clear you are, they will likely have questions. Don’t view this as a bad thing, however, because you may find a vendor who is exceptionally easy to communicate with or one who is impossible to communicate with. When it comes down to making a decision, this could be something to keep in mind. Answering their questions will also ensure the proposal you receive doesn’t miss the mark.

  1. Give Background Information

Adding context gives vendors so much more clarity. You will have far fewer back and forth communications while they compile the proposal when background information is provided. This also allows vendors to be specific on how their service or solution meets the needs of your project and company to a tee.

  1. Offer a Project Scope and Desired Timeline

You may find this steps will weed out some companies who cannot meet a deadline or do not have a large enough staff to take on the scope of your project. This will help save time for you and the vendors. Serious vendors are the only ones you need to have return on your RFP. It is important to be clear and realistic about your scope and timeline. Don’t downplay the size of a huge project and don’t try to get a huge project done in no time flat.  

Affordable Apps for the Construction Industry

Solutions for the construction industry are far reaching. More innovative solutions for the industry are being created all the time. Some solutions can get pretty pricey and with all the tools needed to compete today, it can add up. Keeping a budget on track shouldn't be harder than it needs to be. To give you a leg up on the competition, Ryvit has compiled a list of affordable tools in a few categories including timesheets, document management and project collaboration, that will help you save a little so you can spend elsewhere.

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1. TSheets Time tracking made easy for you and your employees. This mobile app does more than just logging hours. You can set overtime alerts and it will keep track of vacation days, PTO, and approvals. A feature that makes it great for the construction industry is the uses of GPS location tracking. This app integrates with QuickBooks, makes payroll simple, and gives real-time reports. You can start with a three-day trial.

2. Trello Trello is a more visual project collaboration tool. You can drop any number of assets associated with a project into Trello to keep track of it all in one place. Your projects become boards. You can see, all in one place, what has been worked on, who is working on what, and where your project is in the process. Trello is free and easy to learn.

3. Office Lens Office Lens will take a picture of a whiteboard or other assets and make them readable and in a document form that can be converted to a PDF. This app enhances and trims the photos to make them readable assets. This can be a handy tool for brainstorming sessions. This is a free app, part of the Microsoft Office Suite and can sync with OneNote.

4. Jobsite unite This is more than project collaboration and could fall under the category of a workflow tool. It is strictly construction focused, which is great! It has really kept in mind what construction professionals need. You are able to create a construction profile for each project, communicate with a team or the entire jobsite, improve awareness and safety on the job, and deliver your projects on time and on budget. You can access this tool from anywhere and use the direct chat, photo, and check-in functions to stay on top of the project.

5. CamScanner This will turn your smartphone or tablet into a scanner. All of your devices can sync up and your scans can be shared. If your mobile banking app allows you to deposit checks with your smartphone, you already know how this app works. Store, share, annotate, and manage your documents all from this free app.

6. Asana Asana is an affordable list making tool that helps with project collaboration organization. Assign tasks to your team and they will check them off as they go. If a team member needs something from you, they can assign you a task to you or anyone else as well. Give these tasks due dates for added accountability and sync with your smartphone so you can check off and assign tasks from anywhere. These tasks can stand alone, for one-off requests, or be rolled into projects with bigger goals.

Application Integration Strategy - Knowing when you need one

An application integration strategy can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Having an ordered movement of work between applications and components saves time and saves money. Here are 10 reasons why you could need an application integration:

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  1. Passing work between applications today

You’re already doing it. You do it every day, so get a strategy around it. Increased use of technology in business means creating a strategy for this just as you would with any other department of your organization. The need for a strategy increases when you have already invested heavily in best-of-breed applications, and users want to incorporate a cutting edge point solution application. A recent purchase or development of an integration due to changes in the organization could also signal the need for an integration strategy to ensure your invested dollar is being used in the best possible way.

  1. Out of date current practices

Handwritten forms, printouts, and reports sent via email are all different ways to share data between teams, but these ways of sharing are outdated. Automated sharing through integration is more efficient and reliable for your team. Import/Export workarounds are inferior to integrations. Think about what happens when an import fails halfway through. A true integration can handle the order of operations, workflow rules, stored procedures, and concatenate and parse data.

  1. Scalability

Look at the software you currently have. Is it software that offers scalability through multiple software copies?  If your IT is bogged down with report writing because access to all of the data is not available to the users needing it, you are not working at the scale you could be. If you are unable to properly scale through the current software you have, an update could do you some good.

  1. Predictive Analytics

Many organizations could use help ensure the decisions they are making are the smartest decisions possible. The right integration will give you a comprehensive executive analytics dashboard. The predictive analytics that are yielded from such a dashboard are irreplaceable for your organization. The ability to pull data from multiple applications will increase your ability to make smarter decisions.

  1. Changes on the horizon

Changes to your operations could mean an increased need for an application that involves information sharing with current applications. Especially if you frequently experience changes in product or service offerings or changes to your competition. Having a strategy in place will make this transition smoother and more effective in the long run.

  1. Visibility at all levels

An application integration strategy can bring all levels and departments of your organization together through streamlined data. If the current state of your business has department leaders reporting different results and these data discrepancies are costing your team time to reconcile the data, you are not up to industry standards. This could be negatively impacting your organization and having one truth for the data will bring visibility to all levels.

  1. Adaptability

Let’s say your sales doubled overnight, would your team be able to keep up? Would you still offer the same level of service to your customers? If your accounting team wants visibility into daily operations, will it disrupt a workflow? If your team and your technology couldn’t adapt to changes in your organization, it’s time to look into an application integration strategy.

  1. Load Balancing

Dividing the work that a computer needs to do between two or more computers should be a thing of the past. If it isn’t in your organization, look to the future and the increased efficiency that is possible. Your end-users shouldn’t need to operate “swivel chair” integration, either. It is inefficient to use multiple applications on various computers, shuffling back and forth to get the data they need. Getting more work done in the same amount of time can be achieved through a strong strategy around application integrations.

  1. Cloud Computing

Moving to the cloud can complicate integrations so you should have a plan in place, this includes hybrid clouds. The cloud opens up a lot of possibilities and many organizations are moving toward the cloud for data integrations. Your managers and employees in the field will be able to access the latest data on their mobile devices without a trip to the on-site office or trailer when integrations are hosted on the cloud or a hybrid cloud. Making sure you are ready to make the leap to the cloud will increase the benefits you reap from the cloud.

  1. Regulations

If your company has to uphold regulations such as HIPPA or others, an integration strategy could be beneficial. Regulatory changes may have to be made quickly and this organizational need can be built into your integration strategy.  This can keep headaches to a minimum each time a regulatory change is made. Audit trails are an important compliance liability for your company, as well when it comes to meeting regulations. The ability to track the chain of data operations from who, when and what was changed at each piece of information is essential and needs to be done independently from the application. If this is a need your organization has, an integrations strategy should be made.   Contact Ryvit for help getting started.

Construction Tools for the Industry to Embrace

The construction industry has been slower than other industries to embrace technology in all areas of business. The construction industry, however, has at its fingertips, an incredible number of tools that can make daily tasks easier. Some of these tools are automation tools and others can help you track and stay connected. We have assembled 10 tools for the construction industry to embrace now.

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  1. Project Management Software

The use of project management software is an integral part to utilizing technology in the construction industry. PM software can track job productivity, profitability, relationships with other organizations. Take advantage of a software solution and see efficiency and job-visibility drastically increase.

  1. Mobility/Remote Connectivity

Most time lost is due to the inability to properly connect employees from the job site to the company head-quarters. Take steps to maintain connectivity to the field. Mobile time capture, file sharing, and project management will greatly impact accuracy and efficiency.

  1. Document Management

Having a document management solution in place does wonders for keeping projects organized. Use this to manage submittals, RFIs, punch lists and more. Some document management solutions can be purposed for a print management program as well.

  1. Video Conferencing

Meet with job sites remotely, hold team collaboration sessions, and engage with sub-contractors and owners with ease through video conferencing.

  1. Mobile Device Management 

Effectively and securely manage mobile devices from a central location; Remote wipe, quick updating, immediate deployment of apps, and security management all through a single software application.

  1. Acceptable Use Policies

These policies govern and protect your organization from your biggest liability: your employees.  This should address internet use, email, mobile, BYOD, etc. Acceptable use policies ensure your organization uses technology safely and responsibly.

  1. Device Encryption

Disk encryption is a technology which protects your team’s laptops and mobile devices by converting it into unreadable code that cannot be deciphered easily by unauthorized people. This technology is very important in an environment with many off-site team members.

  1. Reporting and Analytics

Your project management and accounting software are capable of providing incredible analytics and insights into the profitability, effort and efficiency of your business.  Are you taking advantage of the custom reporting functionality?

  1. Application Integration

Time tracking, billing, accounting, project management, take-off, document management, payroll: ensuring integration between your software is paramount to eliminating duplicate entry, managing your productivity, and minimizing wasted manual entry between disparate software platforms. 10. End User Support Having a reliable support system in place for the end-users of a construction company can be a great differentiator in a competitive industry. Keeping hardware and software systems current and working seamlessly is important in an environment where downtime and inefficiency can be the difference in being on time, winning on bid day, and protecting your data. These tools will help modernize any construction firm. Creating efficiency in your firm will take initial upfront work, but it will pay off in dividends.

Creating Effectiveness in your Company

Many companies get in a groove, get comfortable and go with it. Your employees know what to do to get the job done and everyone knows what to expect. We have all been there, we get comfortable and fall into a routine. However, there may be room for improvement. Are there inefficiencies you are letting slip? Is your company staying adaptable? Are your numbers being tracked, and if they are, what are they telling you? These are all factors you should consider regularly to keep your company performing at the height of its ability. Make sure your company is as effective as it can be by auditing your effectiveness.

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Remove Inefficiencies If each step of your workflows do not directly add value for your customer, they need to be revised. Being systematic with the necessary changes to your workflow is the best way to make sure each issue is properly addressed. Any gaps between what needs to happen on a daily basis and what actually happens need to be closed. Any wasted steps that are duplicate or create delays are important to eliminate. Allow your company to have sustainable long-term value added to workflows by making them as effective as possible. Adaptability Ask yourself this question- if yours sales doubled, would your team be able to sustain maximum service levels? If you aren’t sure of the answer, your adaptability and ability to respond to rapidly changing market factors may not be where it needs to be. Mistakes and adjustments should be anticipated in your master plan. Adaptability is more than being agile, you also need to anticipate unexpected expenses and build room into your budget for these situations. Track the Numbers If this is not something you’re doing already, you need to start. This is where you can see if what worked on paper is actually working for your company. The numbers will tell you without a shadow of a doubt areas where errors can be corrected. Take this opportunity to truly test your process.   Creating effectiveness in your company is all about being informed. You need to intimately know the way your company works and how it will react. Knowledge about workflows, your ability to adapt, and the numbers will ensure you will make necessary adjustments to stay ahead of the pack.   [button size='' style='' text='Link to Full eBook' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://ryvit.com/wp-content/uploads/Fundamental-Elements-of-a-Successful-Software-Company.pdf' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']

Do you need a Chief Security Officer?

Cyber security is an increasingly important topic. Whether you are in the construction, financial, legal, healthcare, education or many other industries, your data needs to be both accessible and secure. Internal and external security threats can affect your operations, earnings, and level of trust your clients have with your organization. With the growth of cloud-computing and mobile technology the demand to keep sensitive information and data secure will only increase.

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Few companies can afford the disruption to operations caused by a security breach. Enter a Chief Security Office. This C-level professional will lead the charge for security measure of data within your company. CSOs usually possess a master’s degree. They will make the procedures, guidelines and direction for information security policies within your company. These guidelines should be set in place to protect information and data from internal and external threats. The CSO will be responsible for the planning, coordinating, developing, and implementing of all cyber security measures.  They can also educate other employees on data security measures and best practices. Not every company is able to add another C-level position to their organization just yet. With or without a Chief Security Officer, all organizations should have a data recovery plan so they do not lose their data and information. If a CSO is not currently in your scope, consider doing outsourced IT. This alternative will fit you data security needs and other tech needs your company may have. They will be able to assist you in doing a technology-based risk assessment annually, which is a best practice when it comes to data security. This can give a baseline of the measure that need to be taken to keep your sensitive information and data safe. An outsourced tech provider can assist you in creating a data classification policy and verse you in cyber liability insurance. Deciding if you need a CSO can take a good deal of internal auditing and planning. This tech-focused executive can be replaced by outsourced IT. Take your time in researching the benefits and costs of each option.

Everyone is in the Software Business

And business leaders will no longer tolerate data being scattered among application silos.

  Software has dominated the world of business for many years now. It’s become such an integral part of the business world that 2014 saw a number of high-profile CEOs and notable industry analysts proclaim “every business is in the software business.” So what does that mean?

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It means that business systems and corporate data management is no longer just an IT problem, but squarely on the list of top priorities for executive teams. In fact, a recent Forrester Research Report even argues that corporate software assets will be more valuable to the business than financials. The reason? Software innovation and efficiencies are the greatest opportunities for financial gains. For software vendors this is great news- your services are more valuable to your customers than ever before – but it is also a call to action. Businesses can no longer survive with software operating in a silo. They need their business systems to communicate across the enterprise and deliver meaningful insights to a variety of stakeholders. Unfortunately, finding a consistent cost-effective way to give business users access from any device and through one interface to critical data spread across cloud applications and on-premise systems is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. In a CIO Magazine article discussing the top trends for data in 2015, IT experts noted that deeper integration of disparate ERP and CRM applications with business intelligence for sound decision making is a paramount priority for businesses. CEO Jeremy Roche at FinancialForce, describes the challenge as an inevitable investment companies need to make in order to be competitive in business “rather than allow vital customer information to be scattered among various pieces of a business.” The solution is iPaaS, Integration Platform as a Service.  Ryvit delivers modern integration for software vendors with an iPaaS ecosystem of integrations and applications. 


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Experience Intelligent Integration

Ryvit was founded on one fundamental observation: customers are demanding an integrated application experience for workflows and analysis.  Coupled with this imperative, software companies are often failing to deliver because they lack development resources that can rapidly bring integration solutions to market.   Recognizing this gap led to the Ryvit vision to create an ineternet platform as a service, plus offer incredible predictive analytics and bring development expertise to do all the heavy lifting for you.

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To pull those pieces together, Ryvit’s unique platform and partner program was created.  Ryvit iPaaS+ ™   is the competitive edge you need to outsell your competition. Give customers the progressive software experience they expect: to be able to enter, access, report and analyze all of their data across the business.  Because this kind of enterprise workflow fluidity and transparency is not available with any other solution, you will win and retain more business. Ryvit’s intelligent integration process gives you exclusive access into our ever growing economy of complimentary, progressive, and leading software vendors. Our professional integration team of experts builds an integration for you to connect our ecosystem of existing partner applications or to any other software package you need. Your development team resources aren’t drained and distracted learning another vendor’s API and can remain focused on delivering on your product road-map. Upon completion of the integration, every software vendor on the Ryvit Platform can connect to your solution, increasing your sales and marketing reach exponentially overnight. We empower companies to enter the Partner Program without taking a financial hit to the development budget. There’s no cash outlay from you to use our integration team. The cost of building the integration is paid for through your team’s sales of the integration itself.

How to Maximize your Hiring Dollar

For any company, and especially startups, spending has to be done wisely. All budgets are important, but your hiring dollar might be the most important. A new hire has the potential to add more value to your company than any other expenditure. On the same coin, you are taking a risk when you invest a tremendous amount of money, time, and resources on an individual who may or may not live up to your expectations. At Ryvit, we are part of a 2-time 5000 fastest growing company and want to share some of our key HR wisdom with you. Start with tangible goals and visible values. Aligning your values, culture, and performance should be the focus when hiring for any position.

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Any new employee you add will impact all three of these areas in either a negative or a positive way. For this reason, Ryvit integrates personality profiling into the hiring process. With the use of personality testing, you will have the ability to hire an employee who will add value to your company immediately and fit into your culture. The tried and true method of hiring minimizes turnover rates and saves money in the long run. Building a scalable team means hiring the best people your money can buy. You have to know what it takes to attract the brightest talent. More than just salary expectation, make sure your company can offer benefits, perks, and a culture that set you apart from other employers. These aspects of your company are now more important than they have ever been to prospective employees. When considering leadership roles, look for the ability to make decisions independently without C-Level involvement on every project they work on. There are intangible qualities it is important to weave in that create and support a positive culture such as resourcefulness, tenacity, passion and fortitude. Building in these employees will give your company an edge above your competition. You will have the ability to grow and thrive with far less effort when you have a desirable culture and capable leaders. Once you have built your dream team of employees, listen to them just as much as you listen to clients. They work with your solution and process every day. If you have hired the best your money can buy, these individuals will be able to suggest improvements for ease and efficiency that you may have never thought of. Take advantage of their perspective and listed to their insights. These simple HR tools will bring incredible value to your company. Keeping culture a main focus will give your company the ability to attract the best and brightest. Finding talented employees who fit into this culture can take patience at times, but will pay off in the long run. [button size='' style='' text='Link to Full eBook' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://ryvit.com/wp-content/uploads/Fundamental-Elements-of-a-Successful-Software-Company.pdf' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']

Implementing Business Intelligence

Implementing a Business Intelligence solution in your business should be done for one obvious reason: improved decision-making. This simple reason in itself is enough to drive many to turn to Business Intelligence but there are more supporting reasons as to why BI should be a top priority to you. BI will help you make sense of all of the data you are getting every day and it will also save you time. Unfortunately, sometimes these implementation projects fail, costing you money and wasting your time. So if you want to get your Business Intelligence project going, consider these 10 potential bumps in the road.

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1. Planning Of course, planning should be the first step in an implementation project. Without enough upfront planning, your implementation project can quickly go belly up. If the implementation is inconsistent or the BI does not align with your business problems, it will be effort wasted. Getting over this first hurdle will put you well on your way to a successful implementation.

2. Support Lack of support can be a huge issue for BI implementation. Executive sponsorship is important but you also need to make sure all levels of management are on board. This will help the implementation to be carried out throughout the entire company and through all departments.

3. Data Quality Data quality can be gauged through an audit of your data. Doing this before trying to implement a Business Intelligence solution is a good idea and can help you figure out how to fix the data at its source. If your data quality is not good, the decision making from this data (through BI) will not be good either.

4. The Right Team Who in your company has an intimate knowledge of how everything works and where everything is stored? The organizational policies, business practices, history, user demographic, and customer demographic are important points to include in the BI implementation process. These people should make up the team that works closely with the BI vendor to make sure the implementation is really geared toward your individual company.

5. Training Business Intelligence has so many benefits, but if it isn’t used, it doesn’t do you any good. It’s important to train the users on the importance of BI and how to use the systems. The mass majority of the employees should be able to use BI in one way or another. If they are properly trained on the system, they will soon find out how much easier it can make their lives.

6. Adaptability Once you implement your Business Intelligence solution, that won’t be the last change you need to make. Your company will need to continually adapt with the evolving nature of BI. BI projects a cyclical and you will need to keep up with it over time. More insights for new aspects of your business can be had from this type of project.

7. Shopping You always want to do your homework before partnering with a BI solution. Make sure you shop around to find out what features and what prices are in the market. You also do not have to go through your existing ERP or CRM vendor. Your business needs should be met completely by your BI solution and customization should be an option.

8. Generic Solutions This goes along with our last point. You don’t want a solution that is too generic. If you are using a dashboard, it needs to be one that will suit your needs and handle the data you give it. A dashboard is appealing but if it is not planned out well, the figures can be inconsistent.

9. Scalability Your BI solution needs to be able to scale to support data volume, user volumes, and concurrency. If not, you could run into problems when it comes to the daily revenue generating activities. Remember, your product implementation could include million or even billions of records and the data your company acquires will only grow. Scalability should be a main consideration for you as you look into different solutions.

10. Cost The ROI of a BI solution is pretty great with the decision-making impact it brings. Considering that, you should budget accordingly. Your vendor selection and contract negotiations will have the biggest impact on your spend. As discussed earlier, leave room in your budget for making sure your data is of the highest quality which may include an audit. One of the ways Ryvit is different than other platforms is in our custom designed integrations. Because we run mirrored databases on integration objects and have the native capabilities to push and pull data from multiple applications, we can provide partners with insights across the enterprise. This opens up the opportunities for your business to provide meaningful metrics to executive teams, sales and marketing personnel, and even customers.

In-House Development: Is it Worth the Cost?

When you look into building integrations, there is much to consider. One of the first decisions a company needs to make, once they have a picture of what the integration will be capable of, is to develop in-house or not to take the project outside of the company. The next order of business: the cost. Your first instinct might be that developing in-house will be the most cost effective way to go about it. Taking a holistic look at what an in-house integration will take, could change your mind. Let’s look in a little more detail at what it will take. When looking strictly at the integration there are a few things to consider: the integration’s deadline, the number of integrations and their complexity, updates and new releases the integrations will need.

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Missing an integration’s deadline can cost your company time, money, and reputation. If the integration is very complex, this could be easy to do. There is also a lot of upkeep for integrations once they are out the door. This can be a lot of added stress on your team and building integrations is impossible without the right team. Now, to consider your team. Do you have the developers in place? What is their current workload? With a seasoned team of developers, you will avoid recruiting, hiring, and training costs for starters. Let’s say you have the team, the hardware and software they need and your team has the time to create your integrations, you are off to a great start. Ryvit estimates it costs $50/hour for in-house developers. With a team of three to create 10 integrations it will cost you $1200/day. Over the course of a year that is $288,000 for the developers alone. If it is their first time, however, it will take them an estimated 4 times longer than an established team to create the integration, and as they say, “time is money.” Ryvit’s team of experienced developers will be able to create quality integrations in a timely manner for your company at a fraction of what it will cost you to develop in house. Our estimated cost of the same 10 integrations is $150,000, less than the cost of the three in-hose developers for one year. We have the capacity, hardware, and software to keep your integrations updated and running smoothly. We make quality integrations worth the cost with less stress on your team. Want to run your own numbers? Use our calculator to see the estimated return on investment for your company. [button size='' style='' text='Calculate Here' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://ryvit.com/roi' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']

Introducing Ryvit iPaaS+™

Get your Software’s Integration Solutions to Market and Outsell your Competition Ryvit is a new fresh approach to integration for the software industry. Once we have access to your API, we integrate your applications with other business critical applications without additional coding by your developers or implementation teams. We don’t offer toolkits, GUIs, and SDKs to let you build point-to-point integrations . We build the integration for you. Easier. We build software integrations for your company.

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Behind every Ryvit integration is a team of integration specialists working directly with you to do the heavy lifting. We design and develop value-adding functionality to meet the needs of your customers. You can integrate your software application to ERP, CRM, eCommerce, Social apps and specialty industry-specific solutions without exhausting your development resources….the work is being done for you. Faster. Once you have us build an application integration, you can re-use that development investment to connect the correlating database objects with additional applications available on the Ryvit Platform; Or you can choose for us to create a new application ryvit for another vendor’s solution if it isn’t already available. You accelerate getting new solutions to market and quickly create value. Smarter. Whether your requirements include complex data mappings, data transformation, document generation, real-time synchronization or cross-integration analytics we have you covered. Leverage our resources and capability to deliver a fully-managed, enterprise-level solution to your customers for a fraction of the cost to build and maintain a single point-to-point integration. Ryvit iPaaS+™  delivers iPaaS plus a whole lot more — Performance Monitoring, Business Intelligence and Development Services.  With Ryvit you get:

  • Happy Executives - Increase revenue and market awareness exponentially without an upfront development investment
  • Happy Development Team - Leverage our team of experts to build and manage integrations for you
  • Happy Customers - Quickly deploy best-of-breed and complimentary application integrations to your customers

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Modern Day Matchmaking in the iPaaS economy

Finding your perfect match means more than just a feeling when we talk about the iPaaS economy. Ultimately your perfect match needs to help you accomplish one task- outsell your competitors. Customers demand all of the workflows be accessible from one interface, they want to use one dashboard, and they want to access it from anywhere. Here’s how to outsell your competition: Focus on the Technology itself Ask your software provider what you are really getting. The technology needs to be:

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Reliable- First are foremost your technology needs to do what it is supposed to do all of the time. No one has the patience to deal with spotty technology or an application that is unreliable when you need to use it. The technology we have available at our fingertips is expected to perform.

Usable- Can the end user open this up and figure it out? Sure there could be a little bit of a learning curve, but too much of one and interest in your tool will be lost- no matter how much easier it could make their lives. The technology should be intuitive.

Portable – Having a mobile-friendly tool is necessary to compete today. Many professionals work from multiple devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Make sure it’s all going to be mobile friendly and powerful even in the palm of their hands.

Accessible- Today, everything must be easily accessible. This goes hand in hand with the tool being usable and portable, but it takes it one step further. Can the end user open the tool and go? What steps stand in the way of that happening? These steps should be eliminated to create ease of accessibility.

Performing – The tool has to meet all of the needs of the client. They need to be able to be able to have that all-in-one experience. Streamlined tools perform well for professionals today. Having technology that meets all of these requirements- reliable, usable, portable, accessible and performing is step one in outselling your competition because it leads to happy customers. Make sure your customers know your technology solution in and out to help manage their expectations. If they have new requirements for your tool, be responsive. This will help them understand that you are doing everything in your power to get them what they need and will keep your from gaining any unhappy customers who could damage your reputation. Find a software partner who can deliver to you a superior product and your clients will be happy.

Project Collaboration: The Basics

When working for most organizations, projects can take up a big portion of what you do. Collaboration is essential whether it’s with an established team or across departments. Your team needs to have a certain level of competency and ability. There are tons of tools out there to help you make your team organized and more efficient. These tools range in price and features so you can choose the tool that will be the best fit, but don't forget some of these basics for successful projects:

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1. Forgetting what it’s all about Yes, implementing tools can really help your teams collaborate better. But don’t forget that project collaboration is really all about the people. Make a team that has the right people and this will get you further than any tool.

2. Only using email Meeting in person is great when everyone can get together and they are all in the same office. For many collaborations, this simply isn’t possible all the time. Being able to meet online is essential and email can’t take care of all of the needs a group will have for collaboration. Not to mention, lots of us get hundreds of emails a day and project collaborations can get lost in the shuffle.

3. Getting a tool, but not seeing it through You can research and find the best tool out there, but if your team doesn’t know how to put it into play, it’s all for nothing. A lot of project collaboration tools have a learning curve. Allow your teams to learn these tools before they are expected to jump right in.

4. Non-adoption If your team learns the new tool or method but does not adopt it into their daily use, this can be a problem. You made this business decision and now you need to make sure your team is behind you and understands the importance of this tool and why they need to use it. Non-adoption can also apply to other areas of collaboration, not just a new tool or method.

5. Focusing on the negative When you are working on a project you might be solving one problem and while trying to do so, you may come across other problems. Don’t focus on the negative. This kills productivity in your collaboration. It can be easy to let your team get dragged down by the negative but instead, face these challenges with solutions.

6. Failing to communicate This can be an issue for many different areas of an organization and it hold true for project collaboration. Open lines of communication have to be established to have a free flow of thoughts and ideas. Communicating deadlines just isn’t enough, more conversation needs to go into collaboration. This starts with a clear mission. If this isn’t clear, the team will be set up for failure.

7. Overlapping tasks Sometimes, when the communication isn’t strong, multiple people could be working on the same task and have no idea someone else is too. This is just one example of how poor communication can lead to wasted time and efforts.

8. Resistance to change Many people are afraid of change. This could stem from a fear of surprises and the unknown, a certain level of mistrust, or maybe just bad timing. The creative ideas a project collaboration could come up with might require a certain level of change, however. Don’t be resistant to the good ideas that come from collaboration.

9. No established skills and best practices Your team should know what you expect out of them for project collaboration. Setting standards and best practices is a good first step. You need to make sure employees learn and understand the best practices you have in play when they are onboarding. You also want to make sure they know what basic skills will be required for the projects they join.

10. Failing to plan When it comes to collaboration, planning can be your best friend. Make sure giving each participant a voice is part of this plan. What methods will you use to brainstorm? How can you get to the end goal? These are a few of the details that need to be planned well in advance.

Project Leadership

Being the leader of a project can take a lot of flexibility. Growing a team’s maturity can take patience and persistence. Urging a team to be their best can take a little pressure. A project leader in the iPaaS realm needs to employ all of these tactics to build a successful team. Team Maturity An immature team, or a team with less experience, takes a different style of leadership than a mature team, who will be more knowledgeable. A leader who knows the difference between the two types of teams, and how to be flexible with their leadership style, will be able to make the best of both team maturity levels. When dealing with an immature team you have to give more direction. Step by step instructions might be necessary for these fresh faced employees.

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Putting the time and effort into these teams will ensure, however, that later you will have a self-sufficient team needing less guidance. The self-organizing, mature team allows the project leader to be a mentor and focus on growing the individuals in the team professionally. With the mature team, the project leader can act as a fly on the wall. Observe but do not interfere with these seasoned members.

What to Expect out of your Team Your team should be challenged. They should feel some pressure to deliver their best work and meet deadlines. They shouldn’t, however, feel constant and unbearable pressure, as if they are stranded on an island. Finding that balance isn’t always easy, but as a leader, checking in on their work load is important. This will also earn you better results in projects. Keep your expectations at an achievable level, but by no means set the bar too low. You want your team to be able to meet goals and objectives while being challenged to do so.

Sowing the Seeds Give team members the ability to volunteer. This ensures they are interested in the part of the project they will be contributing. This also means less need for pressure from you because they will be engaged and accountable. Allowing your team opportunities to brainstorm and be creative will also increase the team's accountability and level of individual contribution. Take some time to do individual mentoring. Although 1 on 1’s can be difficult to make time for, they are immense benefits. Talk about the personal and professional goals you team members have in mind for themselves. How can you make these align with the goals you have set for them?

The iPaaS+ Difference Our teams are focused on the customer and our project leaders help align the questions they ask to solve problems with the perspective of the client. Our project leaders ask the hard questions and take a different approach to answering them. They try to help their teams free their minds to new possibilities and creative solutions.  

Ryvit-Created Integration increases Tarlton’s Productivity by 19%

 Ryvit recently integrated ToolWatch and ViewPoint. This integration increased Tarlton Corporation TEAM facility productivity by 19%. Here are the details about Tarlton and how this integration worked for them: CHALLENGE Since 1946, Tarlton has provided pre-construction and co-construction services to some the most important building projects in the Midwest. Other Tarlton services include commercial conecrete repair, restoration and maintenance, hydro excavation and industrial vacuum services.

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Tarlton has had a long standing reputation but needed to update some of their technology. Tarlton had been working with ToolWatch for tool and inventory management and Vista by Viewpoint to manage their finances. Tarlton was running an older integration that relied on direct connections to the ToolWatch database. This hardcoded integration was running inconsistently. The team had to run and rerun the integration to end up with data that was still incomplete. The integration unpredictable and unreliable integration was wasting precious time, including some manual processing. SOLUTION Unnecessary complexity was the main culprit. The end game here was to eliminate the human interaction of moving the information from ToolWatch to Viewpoint altogether. ToolWatch’s new Integration Service with Vista by Viewpoint was the answer Tarlton needed. Multiple systems are now able to be integrated in a single place. The solution was a timely reliable automated workflow that accurately integrated data. RESULT An extra 90 minute per day was given back to the TEAM Faculty Managers. The management of materials and equipment become timely and accurate. Tarlton is able to enter important jobsite, budget, and scheduling data along with details about tool and equipment and receive an accurate picture of a single project or their entire business. Countless disruptions with data audits were eliminated and a smoother workflow was achieved. This has impacted Tarlton’s overall productivity and, as a result, profit.

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Ryvit’s Partner Program Explained

Ryvit has created an ecosystem for our clients that gives you the ability to optimize your integration offering, innovate your technology strategy, and scale with the Ryvit Partner Community. Once you are a part of our Partner Program they are able to connect to the integrations already built for our other clients. Once we have access to your APIs we integrate your application with other business critical applications without additional coding. The ability to plug into other applications like this and seamlessly integrate without added integration cost, is both unique and valuable. Each connection does not have to be made individually. Our community gives you access to all of our current partners and with that, gives you an edge over your competition. Your integrations will be easier, faster, and smarter. So how do you become part of our Partner Program? It’s easy, just three steps.

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Step 1: Submit enrollment application This part is simple enough. Join our Partner Program to get the ball rolling. The application process is quick and easy. Step 2: Weekly 30 minute meetings Setting up weekly 30-minute meetings with the Ryvit team helps us help you. We want to get a full picture of what your needs are how we can accommodate them. These meetings are for status updates and collaboration. Step 3: Set up a test environment and give our team access to your APIs This step might sound like it’s the most complicated but it’s really pretty simple. In the test environment our team will gain access to your APIs and we will be able to do the rest. ryvit_integrationlifecycle_webversion Once you are part of our partner program, we want to help you manage the application we have created. We offer dashboard analytics, deal registrations, and joint business planning to help you get up and running. We enable you to use this application seamlessly to meet your customer’s needs with a wealth of resources. Ryvit offers online training, a shared resource library, content management. On the marketing side, we offer marketing materials, press releases, content and inbound marketing, PPC campaign idea, and brandable brochures and media. The goal of these resources is to help your company be the face of this application without your clients knowing we are in the background. Ryvit also aids with engagement through partner forums, lead and referral distribution, on-going communication and blog, introduction for new partners, and best practices sharing.

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SaaS Decoded

  Before SaaS, companies were required to buy, build, and maintain all of their IT infrastructures. Each and every software solution they needed, they had to buy and maintain- no matter what the cost. Keeping up on all of the newest industry trends became not only taxing but incredibly costly as well. It was hard for companies to stay competitive because their IT budgets had to account for all of these software expenses. This all changed when SaaS became popular. But what is SaaS, exactly? And what are the real benefits?<!--read_more--> SaaS stands for software as a service and it has really caught on in recent years. SaaS was a big turning point when it came to IT for companies because no longer do companies have to buy and maintain their entire infrastructure. Companies can now plug into shared infrastructures via the internet and get all the software applications they need with less cost and less maintenance. The two biggest negatives of buying and maintaining all IT infrastructures were solved with one solution. SaaS is cloud based, versus on premise. This is why the connectivity is so straightforward. SaaS is made available to customers over a network- usually the internet. A perk of this model is global accessibility. You can access your software anywhere, anytime. A common fear when turning to a SaaS provider is about owning data. When you put your data on the cloud through a SaaS provider, you still own your data 100%, just as you did before. Automatic updates and patch management comes standard with SaaS. Because of this, all users who connect to an application through SaaS will have the same version of the software. Compatibility issues are erased. You no longer have to maintain your own software, taking time from other business critical tasks. Why do we love SaaS? To put it simply- it’s simple. SaaS deployment is a carefree and cost effective way to stay on trend. To take it to the next step, iPaaS, or integrated platform as a service, takes those SaaS solutions and integrates them. The subscription model that SaaS has still stands, but now all of those solutions can be accessed and integrated from one hub. The benefits of integrating your solutions are numerous and they start with business intelligence. The business intelligence, reporting, and analytics made possible through iPaaS providers is an absolute game changer. Making more informed, and therefore, better business decisions, has the ability to carry your business to the next level of success and earning. The big data collected through the many channels possible does you no good if you cannot apply it. Business Intelligence through integration on an integration platform does just that- it helps you apply your big data by making sense of it all. SaaS has opened the door to a whole new way of acquiring the business essential applications of your industry. SaaS has the ability to be the foundation for better ways to do business in the coming years.

Scale Quickly & Efficiently

Increase revenue and market awareness exponentially without an upfront development investment Figuring out how to effectively scale a software business is often best reflected by taking a walk through the boneyard of failed attempts of other companies just like yours.  The big ideas—the solutions software vendors bring to market– have as much impact on scale as the steps the leaders of these companies take or don’t take to execute their vision.  Grow or die. Scaling is an attractive characteristic of the software business for investors. 

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You incur heavy upfront investment costs as you formulate and develop your initial solution. Then, in theory you replicate the product over and over with high margins and without hiring huge teams to do so.  Actually delivering on the promise of finding gold is what separates the strong from the weak. Considering the 80/20 rule of efficiency is absolutely critical.  To uncover blind spots take a hard analytical look at these to fundamental questions:

  • Who is on your team?
  • How efficiently does the company operate?
  • Why are deals lost or won?
  • How likely are your customers to recommend your solution?

Each meeting with your Board or investors is riddled with questions relating to your ability to scale.  How can you turn your software company into a money making, customer satisfaction machine? How do you outpace the competition? How do you achieve aggressive year over year growth? Manifest destiny to incredible profits, going public, being acquired or accomplishing world domination is the fuel for thousands of software industry executives to work like sleep deprived maniacs. And, yet each and every year thousands fail altogether or possibly worse fail to grow and stagnate, which if left uncheck could lead to a slow and painful death. Why do some software companies achieve greatness while others simply just make ends meet, wither on the vine and eventually perish?  Although there are lots of possible viable answers—luck, good looks, deep pockets—the single greatest reason companies fail to grow is the inability to execute for scale.

Sourcing for Quality

There will be times when you need something for your company that you won’t be able to create on your own while keeping the balance of time, resources, and quality. Sure you could have your marketing intern take a stab at graphic design, but will they create the quality you want, as quickly as you need it? At what cost to you will your intern achieve success? It is important to know your core competencies and focus on delivering those. Outsourcing can help you gain leverage of scale. Don’t try to do everything in-house if this will not give you the results you wish to achieve at the right price and on the right time schedule.

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Outsource to experts and leverage their expertise. Expertise is something that is slow to grow or duplicate rapidly. This brings up one of the critical build or buy questions to consider: Are there people outside of your company who can do it faster and for less money? We have all heard the saying that you can have something fast and easy but it won’t be cheap, you can have something easy and cheap but it won’t be fast or you can have something fast and cheap but it won’t be easy. The implication is that if you want something fast and easy, you won’t get a high quality solution. Every project manager wants to balance the scope, cost, and schedule of their project while achieving a quality result. The sweet spot of fast and easy with high quality does exist.  Sourcing for quality could be the answer for your company. Ryvit’s unique platform and partner program was created to give you intelligent integrations without spending development dollars on each integration.  Ryvit iPaaS+ ™ is the competitive edge you need to outsell your competition. Give customers the progressive software experience they expect: to be able to enter, access, report and analyze all of their data across the business.  Because this kind of enterprise workflow fluidity and transparency is not available with any other solution, you will win and retain more business. You will gain exclusive access into our ever growing economy of complimentary, progressive, and leading software vendors. Our professional integration team of experts builds an integration for you to connect our ecosystem of existing partner applications or to any other software package you need. Your development team resources aren’t drained and distracted learning another vendor’s API and can remain focused on delivering on your product road-map. [button size='' style='' text='Link to Full eBook' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://ryvit.com/wp-content/uploads/Fundamental-Elements-of-a-Successful-Software-Company.pdf' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']

Technology’s Impact on Safety in Construction

Working on a construction site can be hazardous. According to OSHA, construction fatalities account for 19.5% of the total fatalities across all industries in the U.S. It has been a long-standing factor of the construction industry for contractors to have to balance trying to meet their safety goals with the knowledge that devastating consequences are possible. Safety policies and procedures exist to keep workers as safe as possible, such as OSHA standards for a workplace to be free of known dangers. Even with these policies and standards, hazards still exist, but that doesn’t mean a worksite has to be unsafe. Technology has stepped up to create safety measures that didn't exist before.

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Futuristic Advances in technology are making construction sites safer and more efficient. There are many different types of technology that contribute to this enhanced site safety, with more emerging every day. Drones and robots are among the most futuristic technologies. The robots and drones can do dangerous tasks and collect data that increase safety. Drones and robots can be sent to places that workers can’t or shouldn’t venture to. Detailed observations go a long way in safety measures for construction sites and drones give this ability. They are also able to collect data and send it back to the main office. Communication Timely communication is a luxury we have all experienced from technological advances. We know the benefits well, and when applied to construction, it can make a difference in safety. It’s now more than just walkie talkies and cell phones, other communication systems allow for increased communication and record keeping throughout the jobsite and from the jobsite to the office.  Wearable technologies have the capability to send an alert if the person wearing it has fallen or is otherwise injured. Data Sharing collected data may not seem like a safety precaution but it is becoming increasingly important. It isn’t something that is done right there on the jobsite like a robot doing underwater welding, but it enhances safety none the less. Just like all other industries, big data is becoming part of construction. Real-time reports with current data can be automated for stakeholders, management, and employees to stay updated. These reports give feedback on hazards and unsafe jobsites. Having up-to-date data means fixes can be made quickly to keep all workers safe. Having applications that are integrated will only enhance the ability to have accurate and intelligent data for safety in construction. Big data gives executives the ability to gain insights on safety and ways to improve their efficiency. Technology is doing its part to keep construction workers safe and the future will only bring more innovative ways to keep them safe.

The Difference Between iPaaS, aPaaS and SaaS

Integrations are taking more than just the software industry by storm. Companies in every industry are demanding data be able to flow across different software and different applications. Integrations can heavily increase efficiency and gain a competitive edge through streamlined operations. Companies need to stay away from deploying integrations that will stand alone in a silo in order to reap as many benefits as possible. This means integrations need to be intelligent. The main integration types today are iPaaS, aPaaS, and SaaS.

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Before we dive into how iPaaS, aPaaS, and SaaS are all different, let's break down what each means. iPaaS stands for integration platform as a service. aPaaS stands for application platform and a service. SaaS stands for software as a service. Each of these serves a different purpose.

aPaaS allows for rapid application development and delivery. This form has high productivity and high control. The coding process for platforms as a service can slow down delivery, but aPaaS brings automation for the application lifecycle. aPaaS offers a faster way to build apps.

SaaS has a main difference of being hosted by a vendor where iPaaS is cloud-based. Applications that are on-premise hosted can be integrated and allow for free flow of data. The application or service is made available to customers over a network, usually the internet.

iPaaS is a cloud-based integration solution, unlike SaaS which is hosted by a vendor on-premise. It iPaaS allows applications that reside on the cloud or on-premise to integrate and have data flow freely between them. It does not need any download, it is simply deployed. This is the most balanced offering because it can bring differently hosted software solutions or applications together.

iPaaS+™ is a cloud-based integration solution, but it also offers business intelligence and reporting. iPaaS+™ has an ecosystem available that allows applications built to integrate with all other application in the ecosystem. Partners are able to leverage the power of multiple business essential applications through this ecosystem.

Choose the integration type that will best serve your company in the long run. Find the right vendor can be difficult, but read this for help.

To experience the iPaaS+™ difference and learn more, contact Ryvit.

The Importance of iPaaS

Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is a platform for building and deploying integrations within the cloud and from the cloud to enterprise. These cloud integrations can add a greater depth of capability for an organization while simultaneously reducing cost. iPaaS use could eventually expand to buying, selling, and exchange of integration flow. Secure and reliable platforms for integrating any number of solutions in any industry are increasing in popularity. A recent Garter Report predicts that by 2016 35% of all large organizations worldwide will use iPaaS in some way.

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B2B Integrations iPaaS is becoming a major player in B2B integrations because it provides a quick way for simple solutions to connect. iPaaS gives the ability to connect partner applications and cloud services, which in turn creates efficiency and effectiveness across the business. iPaaS can easily integrate an organization's’ on-premise applications with external solutions. The diverse B2B community demands a flexible platform for integrations and iPaaS delivers that. iPaaS is a match for  B2B because if it’s ability to integrate on the cloud and the enterprise without added hassle. Hybrid Architecture Hybrid cloud architecture can be the best of both worlds. They can be more budget friendly, with storing and sharing some data and applications internally and they can also develop new applications. That is why many companies are moving to these architecture structures. To begin long-term strategies around integrations, these hybrid cloud architectures and their needs should be taken into account. iPaaS allows for flexibility with connecting solutions between cloud and enterprise. This means the increasing hybrid architecture won’t slow iPaaS down or vice versa. If your data is moving to the cloud, your integration platform should also be moving to the cloud. Business Intelligence Business intelligence and better decision-making can be another great benefit on an iPaaS platform when you are working with Ryvit. Because we run mirrored databases on integration objects and have the native capabilities to push and pull data from multiple applications, we can provide partners with insights across the enterprise. This opens up the opportunities for your business to provide meaningful metrics to executive teams, sales and marketing personnel, and even customers.

The iPaaS+™ Difference

iPaaS Businesses can no longer survive with software operating in a silo. They need their business systems to communicate across the enterprise and deliver meaningful insights to a variety of stakeholders. Doing this in a consistent and cost-effective way is the trick. The scope of developing, monitoring and supporting a single integration can be out of reach for most organizations. This is where iPaaS vendors come in. The services they provide are now more valuable than ever. Businesses are able to leverage iPaaS to enable subscribers to implement integration projects involving any combination of cloud and on-premise endpoints- data sources, applications, web services, APIs and processes. Some iPaaS benefits include:

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  • Eliminate costs and resource requirements of endpoint-to-endpoint integrations
  • Support for a variety of connectivity protocols and data delivery methods allow businesses to rapidly expand integrations offerings and increase market opportunity
  • Enhance security and stability with 24/7 advanced monitoring and support
  • Reduce time-to-value with reusable integration templates

 

iPaaS+™ With Ryvit, you can integrate your software or services into our ecosystem. This ecosystem of applications and integrations allows you to quickly integrate with all other applications within our ecosystem. You are able to do this without having to build, monitor or maintain individual endpoint-to-endpoint integrations. With iPaaS+™ by Ryvit, you get all of the benefits on an iPaaS provider plus a whole lot more. You are able to leverage our business intelligence component for better analytics because of our ability to natively push and pull data from multiple applications. The meaningful metrics gained from our BI can be shared with the executive team, sales and marketing teams and even customers. Your integrations will be easier, faster and smarter.

Easier. We build software integrations for your company. Behind every Ryvit integration is a team of integration specialists working directly with you to do the heavy lifting. We design and develop value-adding functionality to meet the needs of your customers. You can integrate your software application to ERP, CRM, eCommerce, Social apps and specialty industry-specific solutions without exhausting your development resources….the work is being done for you.

Faster. Once you have us build an application integration, you can re-use that development investment to connect the correlating database objects with additional applications available on the Ryvit Platform; Or you can choose for us to create a new application Ryvit for another vendor’s solution if it isn’t already available. You accelerate getting new solutions to market and quickly create value.

Smarter. Whether your requirements include complex data mappings, data transformation, document generation, real-time synchronization or cross-integration analytics we have you covered. Leverage our resources and capability to deliver a fully-managed, enterprise-level solution to your customers for a fraction of the cost to build and maintain a single point-to-point integration.

The Perfect Integration Built just for You

The expectation on your teams to deliver applications that change the way work gets done has never been higher. They must be securely integrated in real-time with disparate data sources. Ryvit offers a unique ecosystem for our customers that allow them to harness the power of other integrations at no added cost. Once we have access to your API, we integrate your applications with other business critical applications without additional coding by your developers or implementation teams.

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At Ryvit, we are pretty proud of our ecosystem and the opportunities it creates, but we understand this is not the solution for everyone. If you do not want to join the Ryvit Ecosystem but still need an integration built, Ryvit can help you out. We can build a custom integration to meet your needs and increase efficiency in your company. Ryvit wants to see your team deliver the output your customers demand through integration. These integrations will be able to exchange data with other systems on public cloud, private cloud, traditional systems, and other third-party ecosystems. Custom integrations can be the right fit for software vendors looking for a custom integration with another software or a business looking to create custom integrations between existing software. At the end of the day, you will still receive the benefits of Ryvit’s expert team of integration specialists. They will work to understand your business process then help you craft an application integration perfect for your business. Areas of expertise include:

      • CRM
      • Financial Applications
      • Social Media
      • Custom Software
      • Websites
      • Any business application!

  We don’t offer toolkits, GUIs, and SDKs to let you build point-to-point integrations. We build the integration for you.

The Ryvit Value Proposition

“Software companies don’t typically have the resources or the time to focus on how other business applications use their data or services. They are focused on developing their product. The iPaaS model allows organizations to decouple from the process. A partner builds their API, exposes the objects and functionality they want to share and we do the rest. Ryvit manages the integrations, handles functional changes, monitors systems and hardware – and ensures every partner in the ecosystem can scale to meet demand with 99.99% reliability.” CEO, Ryvit Partner

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Top 7 Things to Consider When Selecting your iPaaS

Ryvit is the only vendor that delivers iPaaS +   Data integration is a specialist activity that demands expertise for support, particularly if the project involves complex data or complex data procedures.  If you don’t possess the necessary bandwidth or skills sets in-house to perform quality integrations, then you need a partner with a track record and expertise to tackle tough projects. The challenge: there are several iPaaS solution providers on the market; How do you determine the one best for you? Consider the following 7 areas to determine the following: Are getting the Service in the promise of an iPaaS model or are you getting a tool kit?  If you are bringing this value to your customers or does it require your customers to invest IT and development resources for implementation?

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Industry standards The right partner helps to expand and grow your business by enabling integrations that bring you two things: more value to your customers and revenue to your organization. The right partner will also recognize potential gotchyas and know how to prevent them to reduce development and testing time. This in turn will increases your velocity to market with your integration solutions. For instance, at Ryvit we use the agile method, which emphasizes adaptability, and we also use the ISO standards where appropriate to underpin our methodology for handling data.  We can trap coding and communication issues between applications proactively and throughout the development and maintenance of your integration so things are not broken with each new releases or enhancement. This long term benefit will make the integrations you offer your clients run smoothly.

Project scoping A partner who offers a scoping exercise will be incredibly beneficial for you if you are not sure of what methodology to use for your integration, how long it will take, or if you haven’t carried out a data integration before. The point of project scoping is to identify gaps and risks before you begin. It will evaluate areas such as in-house skills, the quality of your data, the project’s timing and identifies the integration tools required to complete the project successfully. Project scoping is an important key to your project road map and allows you to have a much better idea of what to expect overall.

The Approach A robust methodology is essential if you want a staged, well-managed integration.  Most data integration vendors have a methodology; ours is a tried-and-tested, nine-step process that covers the key stages of a successful data integration project.   It spans the entire integration life-cycle from initial set-up, ensuring that you have the right people and equipment in place, through to data assessment to testing then to implementation and version control and on-going enhancements and support.

Configuration Ask yourself these questions: How flexible can your integrations be for your customers?  Has the platform been used before in your industry? You need to be sure that the vendor’s iPaaS will do a comprehensive job, and that the people on the project are experienced and trained at helping to define business case scenarios that are applicable to your industry.

People If the partner is providing consultants, check that they will be available for the duration of the project.  The iPaaS vendor should provide a project manager and a technical lead, giving you consistency and direction from start to finish.  In terms of the in-house team, at Ryvit we check the required skills for you.  Our staff competency assessment is carried out to the highest industry standards.  On average it takes 30 of interviews to identify a qualified member of our team.  We are just that picky.

Experience Working with an iPaaS partner who has operated in a variety of different environments and industries is preferred.  At the same time, the partner should also have prior experience of data integration and migration in your particular industry. Domain expertise is also highly valuable. Ryvit has, in fact, been named as one of the Top 20 development services companies serving the Construction Industry by CIO magazine. Our experienced team brings a wealth of knowledge to the table.

Visibility We manage, measure and guide the software development team at Ryvit to ensure the investment is addressing 80% of the common business case scenarios faced by your customers, while at the same time providing the flexibility to configure and address the needs of each of your B2B subscribers. Throughout the process we give you business intelligence about the integration, because after all, development without performance metrics  doesn’t help you to continue to accelerate your velocity in the market place. We give you real time access into the performance of the integration so you can see what is working and what is not.

UAVs and Constructions

UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), more commonly referred to as drones, have taken off in recent years. When we hear about drones we usually hear about them in the context of the government using them in warfare or surveillance or individuals flying them as a hobby. However, much more practical applications exist. The construction industry could gain a huge value by using UAVs in a few different ways. Uses and Benefits UAVs in construction can be used for photogrammetry. Equipped with cameras and programmed for a flight pattern over a construction site allows UAVs to get a detailed lay of the land, where in the past a crew would be sent.

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Photos that include a look into the topography and structures will be ascertained.  The photos and videos can also be used to increase the level and quality of communication from the field and prove real-time updates. These images can then be used to increase the strategic plan to increase efficiency. Monitoring the progress of a site is another valuable use of UAVs. The use of GPS coordinates, sensors, and high definition cameras give detailed information about a job site. UAVs are now able to do inspections and documentation without an inspector being sent to the site. This is especially useful when the site is difficult to navigate or access. Both of these photogrammetry uses can also increase the safety of a site because any job site hazard or violation can be quickly discovered and addressed. Consider the Legal Side The laws around UAVs are changing frequently. The laws we see today likely will not stand by this time next year. Updates are constantly being made due to the nature of this technology. For instance, at one point drones could not fly below 500 feet and that has changed to 400 feet. Fines for not complying with these laws can be in the tens of thousands. To stay up to date on what the current laws are visit: https://www.faa.gov/uas You will have to get a Petition for Exemption under Section 333 from the federal government to start using drones over worksites, or for any other nongovernmental purpose. Commercial uses do not fall under the hobby category, either. There are different regulations. This sounds complicated, but it serves an important purpose. Drones can be used for less than honorable intentions and this step is to ensure the guidelines and rules are followed. For a detailed report on the steps, please visit: https://www.faa.gov/uas/resources/uas_regulations_policy/ After the 333 Petition has been granted, obtaining a COA for each site is the next step. You have to get Certificate of Authorization (COA) to alert the FAA air traffic controllers in the area of your status and allows them to them consider any airspace issues. To learn more please visit: https://oeaaa.faa.gov/oeaaa/external/uas/portal.jsp There is a lot to learn about the use of UAVs in construction. The applications and laws can both get confusing. Coordinating your efforts with a firm that specializes in aviation law could save you a lot of headaches and get your UAVs off the ground quicker. You can also join the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) to stay up to date on the latest information. For UAVs in construction, they sky’s the limit, so to speak. The use of UAVs will open up opportunities for improvement, efficiency, and creativity for the construction industry. Job sites are being modernized in many ways, and drones are on that list.

Use Ryvit to Compete & Win more Marketshare

   Ryvit gives you an edge and helps you gain Marketshares. Our powerful integration platform opens up endless possibilities. Here are a few ways Ryvit will help you compete and win. You have what your Competition Doesn’t Integrations. You will be able to interact with any of the applications within the industry you are in. We build it for you and your competition won’t be able to keep up. We create an ecosystem that will be beneficial for you. Your customers will have something out of the box that works for them.

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This will streamline their capabilities to work across applications and once data is entered and workflows have been established between applications, an entire infrastructure within their operating model will be available. These benefits are unmatched in the industry. Increase Customer Value over Time Your customer will be able to integrate your solution in addition to accounting applications and project management applications. Your clients can integrate six, ten applications in a single platform with you being the center focus of that interoperability. Create Stickiness with your Customers & Increase Retention Once you have that, they are never going to leave.  Why would they? In order for your customers to have what you are already providing them, they would have to incur higher costs to develop and deliver a similar solution. A single platform with data able to automatically flow between systems is a much greater value.  The ability to recreate would be too costly. Generate incremental revenue There is a co-beneficial arrangement for partners on the Ryvit platform.  We expand market awareness with customers already on the platform looking for a solution like yours, they know they can easily connect to your application and we generate revenue for you. The ability for you to sell the natural benefits of the automation, integration and workflows that we provide is something that will set you apart, increase your close rate and your retention rate.  You can expect to see those types of performance statistics improve for your company if you onboard with us.   Our mission is to help you improve revenue performance.  If you do well, we do well.  We are here to help you bring additional value to your client base.