When Dell acquired the integration vendor Boomi a few years ago, no one knew exactly what its intentions were. That lack of clarity only increased with news of the Dell-EMC merger and increasing divesting of non-core assets. So it’s a safe bet that there are some happy people within Boomi (now more correctly called Dell Boomi) with news that their product was critical to a very thorny problem for Dell.

Both Dell and EMC were, before the merger, customers of Salesforce’s cloud CRM product. While cloud vendors spin a good story about product integrations being a piece of cake, the reality is that integrating two different businesses, and the data and business process they use, is a massive task. That is the case even when those two vendors use ostensibly the same platform.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.