Five Questions on Scribe Online Training with Crestwood’s Newest Certified Pro, Brandon Richards

At Crestwood we are amazed and impressed by the pace of innovation that our publishers are driving.  Today, the Cloud is much more than just a buzzword for our client’s critical business applications. Rather it is now a key technical standard for an ever increasing number of them.

As such, we are thrilled to have a team of talented individuals committed to continually advancing relevant skills to better serve our clients.  Recently, one of our key technical team members, Brandon, demonstrated his depth of expertise by passing the Scribe Online Certification exam.

As you know, Scribe is a leading integration tool and our go-to solution for many of our Microsoft Dynamics and Acumatica client environments.

We sat down [virtually, since Brandon operates out of Minnesota most of the year] with Brandon to get the inside scoop on the training, the certification test, and how he sees the future with Scribe Online.

Q & A with Brandon

  1. Did you enjoy the training?  The training was fairly good – it gave mostly high-level information along with some real-world examples.  It was self-paced, on-demand training so I was able to accomplish the training when it fit into my schedule.
  2. Was the test difficult? The test was actually a bit challenging because they ask very specific detailed questions.  I think building a map (more of an interactive test) may be a better approach, vs. multiple choice questions, but either way, the test is meant to challenge your knowledge of the product. 
  3. Are you excited about using ScribeOnline? I like the ability to export the integrations if you want to back them up or move them.  Scribe Online is also quite intuitive. It seems like it would be easier for someone to understand a Scribe Online integration even if they didn’t develop it.
  4. Do you also use Scribe Insight (the on-premise version)? Absolutely. I’ve worked heavily with Scribe Insight and it is primarily used for on-premise integrations.  Scribe Online is focused on the cloud but also has an on-premise agent that allows integrating a mix of cloud or on-premise data.  The setup of the on-premise agent was simple to do and I was able to quickly and easily integrate data between cloud and on-premise systems.
  5. Are there client issues you look forward to addressing?  I love working with new tools, and Scribe Online is no exception. It is a great option for companies just getting started with integrations, since it is so easy to set up and use. Every client is different, so I don’t have a particular example to share just yet, but I’m really happy to have added Scribe Online to my consulting toolkit.

Any final comments?

One thing to keep in mind with any cloud-driven solution is the potential for performance issues when processing large amounts of data.  There are some limits to Scribe Online and the data is processed in smaller chunks. It is important to carefully evaluate your data needs when choosing an integration tool and which deployment method to use.

One other item of note: I’m not aware of any current method to convert Scribe Insight integrations to Scribe Online, so any existing Scribe Insight integrations, or integrations using any other tool like SmartConnect, would need to be redeveloped when moving to Scribe Online.

For a client just getting started with integrations, using the ScribeOnline solution may prove to be the better investment.  There are other integration solutions out there as well, so it’s worth considering how complex your integrations are, your data load, and deployment preferences when choosing an integration solution.

Have an opinion on Scribe Online or a question for Brandon? Let us know in the comments.

Other Scribe articles you may find helpful:

Scribe Insight vs Scribe Online: Integration Comparison

Using SQL Stored Procedures as a Data Source in Scribe

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