Ad Victoriam Joins the MuleSoft Partner Program

MuleSoft Partner Ad Victoriam Solutions

Ad Victoriam Solutions to Provide Anypoint Platform Consulting to Support
Connecting Applications and Data in the Cloud and On-Premises

 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – (April 4, 2019) – Ad Victoriam Solutions (AdVic) today announced its partnership with MuleSoft to provide consulting services for MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™. Anypoint Platform unlocks the power of API-led connectivity, enabling organizations to connect apps, data and devices more rapidly and efficiently.

MuleSoft provides the leading platform for building application networks. Ad Victoriam Solutions’ implementation expertise and industry knowledge, coupled with MuleSoft’s technology, gives clients the support and tools they need to harness the rapidly growing number of apps and data sources. With Anypoint Platform, organizations can unlock new revenue channels, improve customer experiences and drive innovation.

Ad Victoriam consultants have decades of experience with B2B and B2C businesses undergoing change – expansion, acquisition, merger, and growth – who lacked the information system infrastructure to scale and transform. Ad Victoriam leverages its deep knowledge of MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™ to help businesses achieve API-led connectivity, beginning with design and architecture through implementation to create a central application network that manages the entire API lifecycle.

“We are proud of our incredibly capable team who enabled us to now be recognized as a certified MuleSoft partner,” said Eric Phillips, Chief Information Officer, Ad Victoriam Solutions. “In earning this designation, we join the ranks of MuleSoft’s partner ecosystem in North America, and one of only 12 who are also a certified Salesforce partner. I am proud of our growth and look forward to supporting more businesses as they look to scale and transform.”

“With the explosion of disparate technologies today, connecting them all quickly and efficiently is the key to gaining a competitive edge. Through its partnership with MuleSoft, Ad Victoriam is enabling its customers to create a dynamic application network to achieve their goals and accelerate their pace of business,” said Brent Hayward, senior vice president of global channels and alliances, MuleSoft. “We’re pleased to welcome Ad Victoriam into MuleSoft’s partner ecosystem and look forward to working together to deliver significant business impact to our mutual customers.”

As a MuleSoft Partner, Ad Victoriam helps clients address on-premises, cloud and hybrid integration use cases with scale and ease of use.

About Anypoint Platform

MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™ is a leading application network platform. It allows organizations to create composite applications that connect apps, data, and devices through API-led connectivity to form a flexible application network. Anypoint Platform is a unified, single solution for iPaaS and full lifecycle API management, both on-premises and in the cloud.

About Ad Victoriam Solutions

Ad Victoriam is a certified MuleSoft and Salesforce Partner who provides mission-critical consulting services, from strategy through implementation. Our nimble team of professionals accelerate businesses by solving complex problems through cloud, data, and integration expertise. As a certified B Corp, we put purpose over profits, and have made a strong commitment to community.

 

MuleSoft is a registered trademark of MuleSoft, Inc., a Salesforce company. All other marks are those of respective owners.

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The Internet of Things and the Third Wave

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The major technological periods in history have often come in waves – from the Stone Age to the Industrial Revolution to the Space Age.

In more modern times, the First Wave (machine to person) occurred with the use of mainframe computer systems for operations management. The Second Wave (person to person) was ushered in with the rise of smartphones and social Internet. We are now poised to enter the Third Wave (machine to machine) with the Internet of Things (IoT).

What does IoT mean for you? It means that items we may have only dreamed of can become reality.  Items once thought as “dumb” – like our homes or our cars – become connected and through that connection, smart.

Here’s a timeline of what your daily routine might look like in the Third Wave:

6am- Your alarm chimes. You exit bed and walk to the bathroom. Since it’s a workday, your presence and time indicates your shower to turn on.

6:05am- Your bed determines that you’re starting your day and instructs the coffee pot to brew. Your thermostat adjusts to make you comfortable downstairs.

6:45am- While you’re drinking coffee, your house reads you the paper. Upon learning the weather is cold, you ask your house to start your car because it’s too cold to walk.

7:00am- Ready to leave, your garage opens and the car—a comfortable 74º F—pulls out automatically.

7:02am- Your watch notifies you that you forgot your medicine, so you run back to the front door and touch the lock, which unlocks and turns off the alarm thanks to biometrics. Medicine in hand, you shut the door and leave—the house automatically locks and sets the alarm.

7:15am- Your normal route to work is congested, so your GPS automatically re-routes. This route takes you past your normal grocery store. Your refrigerator notices this and sends you a notification that you’re out of milk and you defer the notification for later.

7:25-11:55am- Work is relatively uneventful—you receive several notifications from customer machines about low supplies. You double check and ensure that the technicians have already confirmed their supply shipments.

12:00pm- You take your medication at lunch. By placing a finger on your biometrically secure pill dispensation unit (TAD) you receive a dosage.

5:00pm- On your way home from work, you reroute and stop at the hospital to see your newborn niece. Since your niece was premature, she is connected to a Suck-Swallow-Breathe sensor, collects all of the data about how she is feeding. The data indicates that she will be able to leave the hospital without a feeding tube in the next few days. You add this date to your calendar via your watch.

5:25pm- To your surprise, when you glance at your sister, you notice she’s not hooked to the machines in her room—they’re all reading her vitals wirelessly.

5:45pm- To satisfy your refrigerator, you make a stop at the store for milk and dinner on your way home. At the register, you have your watch tell the house turn your oven on to preheat. Also, you pay at the register by placing a finger on the fingerprint reader and confirm the charge.

5:47pm- Your car notifies you that it will take you 10 minutes to arrive home. Your house responds by adjusting your lighting and the temperature. Upon pulling into the driveway, your garage opens and your car pulls into the garage as you walk to your door. Your car docks itself, begins charging and runs a diagnostic of the car’s operating systems, which is sent to its manufacturer and your mechanic.

10:00pm- The house receives notification that your car needs maintenance; however, your house determines you’ve fallen asleep. It, therefore, defers the notification until morning and schedules a car service to pick you up for work so a technician can work on your car.

To learn more about what we could expect from the third wave, continue reading in our article: Welcome to the Third Wave.

Within the next decade, you should expect all of these things to be widely accepted parts of society. As the Third Wave of technology crests, ensure that your company keeps up, contact our innovative IoT solutions specialists at Ad Victoriam Solutions.

Salesforce Announces Acquisition of SteelBrick

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It has been rumored for some time that Salesforce was considering acquiring SteelBrick, a company specializing in automated quote-to-cash software for businesses. Salesforce made the announcement at the end of 2015 that these rumors were true, and the company agreed to purchase SteelBrick for over $300 million.

SteelBrick is a company dedicated to efficient and automated management of business procedures such as managing invoices, billing, pricing and quoting for potential buyers. Salesforce has been a prominent investor in SteelBrick over the past few years, and SteelBrick’s quote-to-cash software was built on the Salesforce1 platform. The acquisition means that users are no longer required to leave the Sales Cloud to use applications designed to help in the sales department.

In addition, SteelBrick’s software is compatible with Lightening. Lightening is Salesforce’s new interface, which allows users to customize their Salesforce1 apps, build completely new apps and improve overall productivity and decision-making in the business world. This feature works across the spectrum of Salesforce supported apps, software and programs.

Prior to this acquisition, the Salesforce Sales Cloud lacked the internal technology to offer businesses the quote-to-cash area of automation in which SteelBrick specializes. Salesforce has formerly left these actions up to other partners, which has been the reason behind other similar acquisitions made by the cloud-computing giant. Because of this, Forbes states, “It is highly possible that Salesforce may repackage SteelBrick’s services into its Sales Cloud in its quest to becoming a one-stop shop for all things CRM,” thus increasing the Sales Cloud’s ease of use more than ever.

Want to use this new technology for your business’s advantage? Contact us today for more information about how we can make the changing world of technology work for you.

2015: The Year of Big Data

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This year has been full of ups and downs, with many looking forward to a brand new start those New Year’s promises. One thing that’s clear: it has been a big year for “big data.” Big data analytics and enterprise solutions have reached new heights in helping businesses run smoothly and efficiently, employing the newest technology for optimal big data storage, security and usage.

Here, we’ll take a quick and dirty look at some of big data’s largest strides in 2015.

The Internet of Things

If 2015 has brought us anything, it’s an abiding affinity for Internet of Things devices: wearable, portable, connected devices that allow individuals to access the Internet anywhere. This translates to those device holders receiving and sending data at a significantly increased pace, giving companies significantly more data to deal with. Big data has had to evolve in order to make sense of this IoT data and make it useful for businesses. Big data analytics and cloud computing are key to making sense of the every-growing wave of IOT data. While the utilization of IoT data is still in the early stages, 2016 promises new software and technologies equipped to handle the ever-growing Internet of Things.

Organization

Not only has this year brought more data, it has given businesses – both big and small – more and better options for organizing big data into useful information to spur on company growth. This is due, in part, to the growing influence of cloud computing and a growing number of software platforms that utilize that power. This software possesses the ability to express a business’s big data information across differing applications and software, making that data more accessible and readily available.

Recognition

Perhaps the largest leap for big data in 2015 has been its increased recognition as a legitimate source of helpful information for businesses. More and more businesses are investing their assets into the collection and analyzing of big data to reach company goals and maximize efficiency.

With further growth in security, faster data collection, and consumer personalization/satisfaction, big data has spent 2015 becoming the key to success for many businesses. As for 2016, the only way to go is up!

Want to increase your business’s utilization of big data analytics? Ad Victoriam Solutions has exactly the expertise you need to get your data working for you! Contact us to learn more about how we can help you succeed.

Why Communication is Key: Integrating Your Data

Bringing various applications to effectively work together to enhance your business operations can be complex. Data integration solutions from AdVictoriam.

Your business uses many applications and software already to bring in useful data to grow and better serve your customers. These applications, though they can be very different, can also work together to bring you even more success in learning your market, expanding your business, and making sense of the mountain of data. All of this is done through data integration.

According to IBM, data integration is the process of combining “data from disparate sources into meaningful and valuable information.” The data gathered from one application can easily be translated to any other application instantly, connecting all of the software your business uses with one another in a way that keeps up with how businesses work in this day and age.

Faster Access

By utilizing data integration, every bit of data your business receives on a daily basis is available on all platforms instantly, eliminating the hassle of switching back and forth to view, analyze, and act on the data collected.

Faster Decision-Making

With the implementation of data integration, and the faster access mentioned above, comes the ability to make business decisions many times faster than was previously possible, letting businesses stay up to date with their market. Data that is integrated and viewable from all sources also offers a more holistic view of your business, allowing decisions to be made based on the whole picture – not just a piece of the pie.

Faster Adjustments

When one piece of data changes within one application, businesses no longer have to enter other enterprise applications to change the data manually. With data integration, these changes and adjustments can be taken care of in moments, making faster turnaround for your business the new reality.

Many say that the first step to efficient data integration is realizing its high importance in the business world. Luckily, Ad Victoriam Solutions offers many data integration options to help your business keep track of its data and maintain beneficial communication between applications. Contact us to find out how we can help your systems and applications communicate better.

The Salesforce® Login Flow Cheat Sheet

What happens when you’re trying to get Login Flow to work properly for your business, but it keeps failing even after re-checking the in/output value of variables, user security level and everything else? David Litton, our brilliant Solution Architect, recently discussed fixes for the issues that can arise when creating your company’s Login Flow.

Have you run into a roadblock with getting Login Flow to do what you want? Chances are you’ve forgotten that Salesforce® won’t let you use your own naming convention.

Login Flows can be used for the following:

  • Messaging Alerts
  • User Access Authentication
  • Training
  • Cleaning Data

As David talks about in his Salesforce® Sidekick blog, Login Flow has numerous variables that can be used to accomplish these functions. These include:

  • LoginFlow_LoginType – This variable allows you to designate a user type for Flow/Org.
  • LoginFlow_IpAddress – This variable acts as a user’s IP address. Through this variable, you have the power to delegate an IP address for a user, profile and other user-related fields.
  • LoginFlow_UserAgent – This variable stands as the user’s browser string. It also allows you to keep users from using Internet Explorer to log into your Org.
  • LoginFlow_Platform – This variable shows you what kind of system (i.e. Mac OSX) your users are logging in from.
  • LoginFlow_Application – Similar to the above variable; however, it shows what kind of device your users log in from (i.e. iPhone, tablet, desktop, etc.) so that you’ll know what finish location to relocate them to.
  • LoginFlow_Community – This variable shows what Community your user is currently in, if applicable.
  • LoginFlow_SessionLevel – This variable is responsible for security and either works in high or standard assurance.
  • LoginFlow_UserId – This variable functions to display character IDs (up to 18 characters long) and also allows you to Lookup your user(s) and search the system to find similar fields.

Salesforce® can be an important addition to your business, IF you know how to make it work for you.

Contact David Litton and the Salesforce® pros at Ad Victoriam Solutions for assistance. In the meantime, you can also continue browsing our blog.

Salesforce World Tour Stops off in Atlanta, Georgia

Salesforce World Tour

If there are any Salesforce geeks and gurus like us out there, then you already know that the Salesforce World Tour recently rolled into the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, December 9.

This free event was geared to helping IT and sales professionals learn new and exciting ways to connect with their customer base. Through the course of the seminar, there were a number of prominent guest speakers, keynotes and hands-on sessions to teach attendees the ins-and-outs of using Salesforce®.

Additionally, attendees learned (again in a hands-on fashion) the most successful ways to speak to their customers in order to service, market, sell and succeed through integrating Salesforce®.

What You Missed:

In case you weren’t able to attend and wanted to, here are the highlights of what you missed:

  • A sneak peek and testing of new products, such as the IOT Cloud powered by Thunder, Lightning, SalesForceIQ and more…
  • The Success Services Zone was on hand to teach about Salesforce certification, support consulting, training and more. Additionally, industry experts shared their proven practices and customer examples.
  • Attendees gained knowledge about the Salesforce® Platform and how it can speak the language of their industry.
  • Demos in the Industry Zone (part of the Customer Success Expo) showcased all the mobile, cloud and social aspects of Salesforce®.

As an added bonus, Ad Victoriam’s own David Litton, Solutions Architect extraordinaire, was a part of the Lightning Admin Booth. Hope you were able to stop by and say hello!

While the Salesforce World Tour was undoubtedly informative, you may still have questions – whether you were able to attend or not. If so, please contact us and speak with one of our cloud technology specialists. You can also find more information via our blog.

Making Integration Simpler with an ESB

Making Integration Simpler with an ESB

For those who are new to the term ESB, here’s a crash course:

Enterprise service bus (ESB) software works to help design and implement a line of communication across various programs that are a part of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) application solution. ESB applications are used most frequently as a part of enterprise application integration (EAI), which allows for the creation of heterogeneous and even complex application landscapes across the cloud. Additionally, ESB has become an important tool for application integration.

ESBs can be used to facilitate administration, deployment and runtime monitoring, as well as other basic integration functions. The biggest advantage that companies will find using ESBs versus a traditional framework is easier tooling because better tools leads to lower costs and reduced complexity.

There are numerous ESBs on the market, but the two best on the market are Microsoft BizTalk and MuleSoft.

Now that we’ve provided an expedited education about what ESB is and what it does, let’s explore these two popular ESB options a little bit…

Microsoft BizTalk

BizTalk was originally designed to help facilitate communication between businesses (thus the name). It works by storing any message it receives and converting it to a readable format for the user – from any format to any format. The advantage of using BizTalk rather than coding your own program is that it’s guaranteed to work without having to recode if you didn’t plan for a given language.

In terms of using an ESB for integration, BizTalk is tough to beat. It will allow any systems you have in place that don’t play nice with others to bridge together. BizTalk also makes it possible to create your applications in the cloud, making integration between SaaS (Software as a Service) and existing applications seamless. Additionally, BizTalk software allows you to extend the applications you use to mobile devices easily.

A downside of BizTalk that some businesses run into is the program’s size. In this aspect, MuleSoft picks up the slack…

MuleSoft

While BizTalk is a heavy piece of software, MuleSoft is lightweight. But don’t let the size of Mule’s ESB deter you. You can easily start small and scale MuleSoft up to meet your specific needs and requirements. MuleSoft also gives your business the benefit of communicating across applications regardless of whether they’re on the same machine or via the web.

Mule ESB offers adaptive integration, which means the program provides:

  • Smooth integration across any existing infrastructure
  • Ease of use with standing application servers or as a standalone
  • Vender neutral
  • Ability to build the system up with plug-in architecture

MuleSoft is increasingly gaining popularity and traction in the business world due to its scalability and cloud integration features.

Ask the Integration Pros

Here at AVS, we understand that integration is important to your business, and we’re happy to help! We invite you to contact us or browse our blog or for more information about our comprehensive integration, Salesforce® and cloud computing services.

Welcome to Ad Victoriam’s Blog on Cloud Strategy, Data, Salesforce and more!

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Welcome to the blog of Ad Victoriam Solutions, a leading IT strategy consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA, specializing in cloud computing technology, cloud software integration, and Salesforce and data intelligence solutions for enterprises big and small.

Led by experienced IT consultants, Ad Victoriam understands that business managers often have questions about their technology solutions or difficulty making universal enterprise technology conform to their company’s individual and unique needs.

Salesforce, for instance, is one of the most popular CRM applications in the world. And yet, few businesses are even aware of the many advanced functions it offers that can provide the most benefit, such as creating custom reports on more than 2 objects at once or capturing analytical “snapshots” of sales data to see long-term trends.

As a technology consulting firm, we see unused potential in the IT departments of many businesses that come to us for help and we want to help! We are eager to share our insights and advice with not only our loyal clients, but also with the public at large so that businesses might make the most of their existing technology assets.

Thus, the Ad Victoriam blog was born…

Not only is our vision to use this blog platform as way to share our insider’s perspective on leveraging custom-tailored cloud solutions to work for you, we also aspire to communicate industry and company news to our current and prospective clients.

Our goal is that each time you leave this blog, you’ll go away with a little better understanding about who we are and the innovative strategies we employ every day to meet the technology needs of successful businesses all over the country through our expertise in:

We invite you to browse our blog for topics that might interest you, as well as visit our main website to learn more about who we are, what we do and why we do it. We will be posting to this blog regularly, so please be sure to check back in with us often and share the content with co-workers and friends.

If you ever have any questions about our content, company, products and/or services, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

We’re here to serve you, so enjoy our blog!