Kim Loughead

Kim Loughead
Kim has been working in the B2B data Integration industry for almost 20 years with the first 12 years of her career running large multi-national B2B and EDI gateways for Fortune 500 companies, like Fritz Companies (now UPS Supply Solutions) and McKesson. A few years ago, she changed careers and transitioned into a product marketing role with the goal of helping B2B solution providers build better products. In that role for Informatica, she helps shape the B2B solutions the company brings to market and focuses on addressing specific industry needs, drawing from her expertise in pharma, healthcare and manufacturing supply chains.

It’s Time to Change the Game for Application Data Integration

This week at Informatica World 2013, the Data Integration Hub (DIH) was announced.  It is the first out-of-the-box application for managing data access and distribution across large and complex infrastructures.  It simplifies application data integration projects through the innovative use of publish and subscribe methods to decouple source and destination applicaitons.  Of course we are very excited about the DIH but why should you be?  Well, let me tell you a story…

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When was Your Last B2B Integration Health Check?

If you haven’t updated your B2B integration capabilities in the past five years, are you at risk of being left behind?  This is the age of superior customer experience and rapid time-to-value so speedy customer on-boarding and support of specialized integration services means the difference between winning and losing business.  A health check starts with asking some simple questions: (more…)

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Bring The Outside In: Why Integrating External Data Sources Should Be Your Next Data integration Project

We recently had Ted Friedman, VP Distinguished Analyst, from featured analyst firm Gartner speak about what companies can do to extend their internal data integration strategies to included integrating external data sources.  If the next generation of your DI projects includes inter-enterprise data sources, you’re in good company. He mentioned 28% of the time, data integration tools are being used for inter-enterprise integration.  That is almost the same rate and Master Data Management (MDM) and Data Services use cases.  Ted is also predicted the inter-enterprise use case will continue to grow as more integration projects will include data outside the firewall. (more…)

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Manual Processes Got You Down? 4 Steps to Small Partner Enablement

In a recent Aberdeen research, they found that 95% of respondents (of 122 responses) replied on some level of manual processing in order to integration external data sources.   Manual processing to integrate external data is time consuming, expensive and error prone so why do so many do it?  Well, they often have little choice. If you look deeper, most of the time these data exchanges are with small partners and small partner enablement is a significant challenge for most organizations.  For the most part, (more…)

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Avnet Story: How to Integrate 100% of B2B Data Sources

The other week we had Ayman Taha, Director of IT for Enterprise Solutions Integration, from Avent in to talk about how he automated the processing of unstructured, non-traditional B2B exchanges with external partners.  Avent is a large distributor of electronic components with a diverse ecosystem of customer and suppliers.  Their B2B infrastructure reflects the complexity of their environment but, despite a sophisticated and mature EDI infrastructure, they were still manually re-keying invoices and product updates from hundreds of spreadsheets and .PDFs received from partners.  This was because many of their smaller customers and partners could not send or receive EDI messages. (more…)

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