All Roads Lead to Popdock

As more and more people move from traditional, on-premise business applications, data insight and integration is going to become more important than ever. Lately, we have been having lots of conversations with coworkers and customers, and the discussion always seems to come back to the fact that… all roads lead to Popdock! With its flexibility, it really seems to be the answer to any issue for a number of reasons…

  1. Popdock is a SmartConnect Data Source

Every once in awhile, we run into a system that SmartConnect cannot use as a data source. While it isn’t often, it does happen. The last few times it has come up, we have found that Popdock can read or view that data from the system SmartConnect couldn’t connect to and SmartConnect can use Popdock as the data source! Popdock even further expands the capabilities of SmartConnect, making them the perfect pair.

  1. Popdock simplifies

Integration mapping can be extremely complex. It a lot of cases we don’t need to integrate, but simply display it. For example, salespeople need insight into accounting data like unpaid invoices, credit terms, budget to actuals, etc. The thing is, they don’t need to do anything with it. So extracting it from an accounting system, transforming it, and loading the data into a CRM system is not necessary since they don’t need to interact with that data or change it.

Accountants, generally, do not want salespeople digging around in the ERP system. This is where Popdock comes in to play. With Popdock we can display the ERP information right inside the CRM system with a widget. There is no integration map to maintain, the salespeople have what they need, and the accountants are happy. Simple and everyone wins!

  1. Data Migration is just the worst…

If you have been through an ERP or CRM migration than you know that the term “Data Migration” makes most people’s skin crawl. It’s challenging, it’s expensive, and it’s usually not that necessary (but a few people will think it is paramount). So, what do you? If you really must migrate it, you can use SmartConnect to do that and it will make it less painful. If you just need insight into old information but don’t need to do anything with it (just view it), that is where Popdock will make your life a whole lot easier. With Popdock we can see legacy data in the web app or inside our new system, using a Popdock Widget.

For example, a lot of customers are making the transition to Dynamics 365 Business Central. Some customers have 20+ years of data a legacy system and moving that all would be a nightmare. Popdock actually allows us to embed its legacy data right inside Business Central. This has been way more helpful than having to go into an old SQL server to find it and much more cost-effective than migrating tons of data.

Ready to see Popdock in action? Join us for a webinar on July 8th at 11 AM CST or chat with one of our Express Information Systems team members to let them know you’re ready… as all roads lead to Popdock!

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