Boomi World: Four Days of Integration Insights and Inspiration

Well, it’s over. Phew!

Dell Boomi’s first-ever user conference took place Tuesday, Sept. 19th – Friday, Sept. 22 in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis hotel. By all accounts, it was a great success.

Boomi World provided a fantastic opportunity to bring our partners and customers together to share their knowledge about cloud-native data and application integration. Together we expanded our collective understanding of the best ways to build connected businesses.

The conference was filled with insightful and inspiring keynotes, deep dive breakout sessions, an energized partner summit, and extensive product training courses.

Something for Developers and Partners

Practical training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday covered key guidance on how to make the most of the Boomi cloud-native integration platform and harness its low-code capabilities for developers, architects and master data management professionals.

One developer from a healthcare manufacturing company noted that the pre-conference courses were particularly helpful for him, rating Boomi World as “very good to excellent.”

“It was great to see how other companies are using Boomi and solving their integration challenges,” he said. “It’s clear there’s a lot of passion behind what people are trying to do with Boomi iPaaS.”

Wednesday also marked Boomi’s first Partner Summit, where more than 140 Boomi partners, including regional and global systems integrators as well as independent software vendors, gathered to hear news on the evolution of the partner program and gain insights about how the capabilities of Boomi’s platform, including the new Boomi Flow product, can help support the needs of our mutual customers.

“Across every metric, we continue to see great growth in the partner channel,” said Dave Tavolaro, Boomi’s vice president of global business development. “We’ve exceeded our growth goals because of our global and regional systems integrators and our OEM software partners. They are the ones that help our customers succeed and thrive.”

The Evolving Integration Marketplace

Following McNabb, Massimo Pezzini, a vice president and fellow at leading technology research firm, Gartner, provided an overview of the evolution of the integration market in his presentation, “iPaaS in a World of Hybrid IT.”

According to Massimo, the integration market is growing rapidly as integration becomes increasingly central to IT infrastructures. At the same time, pure cloud integration platforms are clearly becoming the de facto standard for addressing the diversity of necessary connections in increasingly dynamic hybrid IT environments.

The Day One keynotes were followed by a lively panel discussion with Pezzini; Cameron Cronin, a director in Accenture’s Cloud First Applications practice; Mike Anderson, CIO of Crossmark; and Chris Port, Boomi’s chief operating officer.

The panel covered key issues and approaches to building the connected business. Cronin summarized the thoughts of the panel best by noting that if you are still thinking about how you might use integration to digitally transform your business, you could well be too late to survive the rapid evolution of today’s global marketplace.

Acceleration and Achievement with Integration

Day Two started with the inspiring story from NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who as a boy dreamed of going to space. Despite great odds, he made it.

Massimino provided lessons of accelerating and achieving that offered perspective for any person taking on the daunting task of driving digital transformation and building a connected business.

As the space shuttled lifted off, Massimino realized that “acceleration can be a scary thing,” but to reach your dreams you need to overcome your fears, he said.

He also highlighted the remarkable teamwork, ingenuity and fortitude necessary for responding to the many challenges of living and working in space, lessons invaluable for any organization facing the never ending tasks of competing in today’s rapidly evolving digital marketplace.

The Day Two audience was then treated to a group of speakers from Boomi’s product development team, including a presentation by Jeff Burk, Boomi’s vice president of research and development. He explained how Boomi continually strives to remove friction from IT infrastructures and business processes.

Burk noted that Boomi has more than 46,000 Atoms (our integration run-time engine) deployed worldwide, driving billions of transactions with the industry’s best iPaaS dependability of 99.99% uptime.

Attendees also enjoyed a sneak peek into a new self-service portal option that Boomi will soon rollout. The portal provides “enterprise-level sophistication with consumer-grade simplicity,” explained Manoj Gujarathi, Boomi’s director of product management.

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