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Catch up all of the latest blogs, news and developments.

Saving a German Pharma company > 2,200 complex activities in a few months, and beyond!

For this week’s blog, we wanted to shed some light on the details of a complex client use case. Together with our partners Fellow Digitals and face to face, we love resolving complex data problems together. Hollow words on their own, and therefore we go into detail below what this means for a mutual client, using a concrete and 'live' example.

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Have we arrived at the point of Zero (0) Trust?

We must admit, this trend may not have a nice ring to it. On this website, we proudly advertise ‘trust’ as one of the foundational pillars of the way we work and being a trusted partner to collaborate with. So why would we want to blog about 0 Trust for our trend series, and what does it have to do with integrations?

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Not just a tool, but a Mindset: Winkwaves & Harmonizer

Over the last few years, we have been building business with the talented crew at Winkwaves. They are in the business of social intranet. In this blog post, we explain why our partnership works so well.

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Common integration issues #2: flying off into the sunset...err... clouds

In this blog, we reflect on integrations 'on the way' to the cloud - a journey a lot of organisations find themselves on. We find that a strategy in relation to a move to the cloud can be lacking, with unpleasant surprises as a consequence. This can apply broadly, in terms of the holistic cloud strategy, but more often we experience it regarding integrations. We share our best practices and lessons learned.

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Common integration issues #1: breaking API

This is a new blog series about common integration issues. We will relay scenarios that crop up in the space of integrations, and share some tips on how to prevent these from happening, in our experience. We hope that by sharing our knowledge and lessons learned, that the space of integrations can be a happier place for everyone. This first entry is about breaking APIs, and how being prepared to respond is important since it is inevitable that APIs break.

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#DeX: powered by Fellow Digitals, linked by Harmonizer

Succeeding together - these are the first two words on the website of our partner Fellow Digitals, who provide best-of-class workplace technology solutions. We share this mindset of succeeding together, and ‘DNA’, as we call it. We wrote about it in our ‘Letter to prospective partners’ a while ago - and we are happy to have found soulmates at Fellow Digitals. This blog explores the incredible value our partnership drives for mutual clients!

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Red Pill or Blue Pill: Virtual Fashion

Would you buy clothes that don’t exist? At the outset of the research, we certainly had a chuckle at this concept. However as we got into it, we started believing. And thinking about the seams that might hold this virtual world together (pun intended).

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Green computing: are we part of the solution?

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) discussions, reporting standards, fora, webinars, blogs and service offerings have mushroomed over the last ~2 years. A lot of this debate centers around the environmental crisis we find ourselves in. Saving the planet was once the domain of idealists, but it has definitely gone mainstream, become fashionable, and even profitable, to be ‘green’. The tech domain hasn’t escaped this trend. (How) Does Harmonizer help?

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Espria Implements Identity Checks on New Employees with Zero Effort

At Harmonizer, we are proud to provide integration managed services to Espria, a large health care organisation in the Netherlands. Espria strives to empower the vulnerable as much as possible while providing them with excellent care. In an effort of cutting down the cost of compliance with Tax and Privacy regulations, Espria worked with Harmonizer to automate identity checks for new employees.

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Living the dream: Passwordless authentication

What does going passwordless mean? If you scratch the surface of the information “out-there”, it appears to be about SMS codes, Authenticator apps, links via trusted email accounts, etcetera. But if it were that simple, why are we not living the dream of a passwordless life? And what does this have to do with integrations, if anything at all?

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Cloud Native (and Integrations)

The term Cloud Native is included on Gartner's strategic priority list, and it is certainly a hot topic. Depending on where you seek information on this term though, you might get a varying array of wooly, high level and conceptual answers. At the other end of the spectrum, there are also deeply technical blogs that describe certain (categories) of services and technical methods. Which is it? And what does it have to do with integrations?

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Can we move forward without waiting in the queue?

In this blog, we investigate whether in the future, everyone out there (including us) will be building applications themselves, on low/no code platforms. Are integrations even needed in such a scenario?

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No longer a wallflower, serverless now promises boundary free growth

The next cab of the rank in our trendwatchers series, are serverless services in the cloud. The concept of serverless computing has been many years in the making, (~2015) however only recently is it getting a lot of attention. One can wonder, since it was introduced six years ago, whether we are still trend watching? Serverless is - apparently - on the cusp of becoming mainstream.

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Do we dare mention the 5G in the room? Yes!

As we continue to battle the pandemic, the topic of 5G can’t be avoided. Whether it’s because some of us think it is related to the spread of COVID-19, Bill Gates or even Alien Lizards, or just because it is a promising new technology.

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Achieving Aerodynamics in marketing communications: Air France & KLM make it fly

Harmonizer provides Air France and KLM with a managed service for marketing communications integrations, meaning the integrations are monitored 24/7 and any hick-ups are resolved without any need for involvement from Air France and KLM staff. This blog describes a few use cases that are implemented for Air France and KLM. At Harmonizer, we are proud that we work for flagship brands such as Air France and KLM, and that they entrust us with their complex data needs.

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How does software make you feel?

In this blog, we explore why software is often not designed with our wellbeing in mind, and why we think this should change. We argue you won't remember the specs of a software product, but you will remember how it makes you feel! With Harmonizer, we believe in offering a worry free service, unburdening the organisation and IT Teams of any integration issues and work.

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Trendwatching 2: SASE, the #nextgen Cyber

We continue on our trend watching journey. This time, based on a few recent market conversations, we explore the topic of SASE. SASE stands for Secure Access Service Edge and represents a new school of thought in Cyber Security. As you may have come to expect from us, integrations will be crucial to make it live up to its full potential!

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A letter to prospective Partners

In this letter to prospective partners, we write about the advantages for partners of working with Harmonizer. In the past two years, we have built up some great partnerships that are truly win-win. By explaining how these work, we hope to inspire more win-win conversations!

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Professional services and IT: to make-do with makeshift or to make it better?

Professional services firms generally make use of a wide variety of applications to service their clients in a modern way. More often than not, these applications aren't integrated. With duplicate data entry and avoidable process steps as a result. There is a better way, that saves time, money and increases billable hours!

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Some strange and interesting integration use cases + our wish list

In our experience it usually takes sharing a few good use cases, in order for others (that don’t focus on integrations every day) to realise how powerful the solution of integrations is. It has the power to solve many common business problems. Most of the time, we try to share use cases in the specific domain the person we are meeting with is in. This assists in identification with/of problem areas. Today, we try a different approach by going across domains, writing about some of our clients that you might least expect!

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Trend watching: the Metaverse

What comes after the internet? With big players such as Facebook and Epic games betting on the Metaverse, and even changing their name to reflect its importance, we thought we should explore this possible future trend from the angle of integrations. Fear not if you are still at the "meta-whut?" level - our learning curve was steep as well.

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​​The WHY of integrations

So why would you bother with integrations? What's in it for you? In this blog post, we discuss the WHY of integrations at a practical level. Integrations certainly fall into the category of having the potential to alleviate big customer problems and create huge value. However, as with anything, it can be hard to know where to start, if you don’t think about integrations all day, like we do.

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Calling all internal communications professionals: put engagement at the heart of what you do!

We know you are expected to foster employee engagement and experience, collaboration, knowledge banks and if at all possible, boost productivity - all in a day’s work, across many different channels. Remote working in the COVID era has not made your job easier. Find some ideas around how you can increase the time you spend on value-add activities like engagement, in this blog.

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Master Data Management and how to be one's own master

In this day and age, if you just let data find its own way in your organisation, you are asking for trouble. Master Data Management (or MDM) is meant to ensure uniformity, accuracy, stewardship, semantic consistency and accountability of and for data (Wikipedia, paraphrased). The exponential growth of data in general means that MDM is no longer solely something to be worried about at the Enterprise level. All organisations, small and medium included, should have some idea of how they manage their data, which data is most important to them (and conversely most valuable to malicious actors), and which data is regulated and needs extra care. We explain how we have seen that integrations can assist with MDM.

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Supercharge your social intranet with Harmonizer!

Since its inception, Harmonizer's usability has grown exponentially, both in terms of the number of applications Harmonizer is able to connect with, the use cases the integrations can solve, and the improved ways of "liquifying data" between them. This enriches application functionality in ways that wouldn't have been possible without the integration. Sometimes 1+1 can truly be 3.

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Employee data privacy and making things easier: Can you have the cake & eat it?

We know and understand that you care for your employees and their data. In recent years, there has been a lot of concern for data privacy and security, and for good reasons. HR Managers and other custodians of this information want to do their job as well as possible, keeping the information private and secure. In theory, technological solutions can be of great assistance when it comes to data privacy and security, but how do you make sure this works in practice?

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Hello World :-)

As with any start-up, we are often asked about our ‘Founder Story’. And there are lots of famous and super interesting founder stories out there. Yet we weren’t born with the idea and /or had no cool Eureka! moment regarding cloud integrations, whilst growing up. Not even in our late twenties. However, in our case, we believe that’s not where the magic is. And even though our story might be less glossy - we are very passionate about what we do!

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Killing two birds with one stone: Integrations and Identity and Access Management

In an ideal world, all applications would talk to each other and be able to exchange data freely (provided this is all secure). In this blog post, we hope to bring some inspiration by sharing insights as to how secure integrations can go hand-in-hand with solving other important business problems, such as Identity and Access Management (IdAM).

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Cyber security should be front of mind for your integrations. Here's why!

With cyber attacks on the rise and an ever increasing compliance burden due to new laws and regulations around data management and privacy, cyber security is front and center for most Boards.

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How does Harmonizer compare with other integration products?

So, what is this Harmonizer solution all about? One of the first questions we are asked is how does our managed service compare with other products in the market, such as Mulesoft, Zapier, or many more?

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