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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gate Petroleum Co., a motor fuels distributor and convenience store operator based here, selected business integration software company, Boomi, to meet its business-to-business integration software needs through its Visual Integration Platform
"We evaluated our technology infrastructure and realized we could significantly improve business processes if we pulled together information from standalone applications and connect directly with our trading partners," Ben Cebrian, database manager for Gate Petroleum, said in a statement. "We began evaluating integration software vendors, and after narrowing down the list from five contenders to three finalists, we selected the Boomi Integration Platform."
The first process under the agreement is setting up electronic invoicing with Gate Petroleum’s trading partners. Currently, paper invoices are keyed in at the store level, and then transmitted to the home office, with the exception of orders from grocery distributor McLane. With Boomi's program in place, suppliers can submit any type of invoice file, which will be input directly into the company's ERP application and simultaneously sent to the appropriate retail store, without any human intervention.
In addition to transmitting invoices, Gate Petroleum is planning to use Boomi's AS2 transport module for secure communications.
"We're just getting started with the Boomi platform, and it's already clear we'll be able to use integration in numerous other ways," Cebrian said. "We selected Boomi after evaluating numerous offerings, and after seeing the demo, we knew we'd be able to adapt it to our various needs. Not only is the product easy-to-use -- you can create integrations with click-and-drag simplicity -- but it was also one of the only offerings we saw that wasn't a piecemeal offering. It's one integration engine that can be used for B2B and application integration. The product operates as a cohesive unit and doesn't require the constant add ons you'd have to purchase from other companies."
Gate Petroleum is currently connecting its pricebook, store back office system, AS400 systems, accounts payable applications and general ledger. Connecting additional applications will drive efficiencies throughout Gate Petroleum.