Cleo Introduces New “Essentials” Package Designed for Rapid Scale as eCommerce Explodes

Business process automation and hyper-scalability of API and EDI-based integrations now within every company’s reach 

ROCKFORD, Ill. – March 16, 2021 – If you’re running a manufacturing, logistics, or distribution company, and concerned about growth, here’s an offer you can’t ignore. Cleo, the global leader in ecosystem integration technology and provider of the Cleo Integration Cloud (CIC) platform, is strengthening its commitment to delivering superior integration solutions with a new CIC package called “Essentials.” 

Designed for businesses with an immediate need to capitalize on today’s eCommerce explosion, Essentials enables companies of all sizes – from the quickly evolving startup to well- established firms – to automate their API-based or EDI business processes, priming them for rapid growth and future expansion with a solid foundation for hyper-scalability that they can rely on.

Essentials is powered by the same best-in-class components – including CIC Cockpit, CIC Studio, CIC Engine, and CIC Agent – that are core to Cleo Integration Cloud’s enterprise-level packages.   Businesses can start small, and seamlessly increase transactions, connection capacity, and other platform capabilities as their business grows. Such flexibility makes Essentials ideal for companies whose digital ecosystems are experiencing growth from eCommerce, API-based integrations, or EDI transactions, and who are in need of optimizing their underlying business processes to better manage that growth. 

A recent issue of McKinsey Quarterly showed that in the first quarter of 2020, eCommerce penetration in the US increased so fast it reflected 10 years’ growth in just three months. This acceleration in eCommerce and omnichannel fulfillment created an imminent need to modernize ecosystem integration workflows. When the pandemic hit, it continued to shine a spotlight on the importance of modern B2B cloud integration, showing how outdated integration capabilities can lead to compressed margins and a reduced bottom line. Effective business process automation and integration are now understood as vital to sustaining revenue, growing through additive sales channels, or for some, merely surviving. Simply put, firms today can either capitalize on eCommerce and thrive, or not move fast enough and lose ground to their more digitally savvy competitors. 

Given the drastic changes of 2020, it’s no surprise that 96% of companies stated in a recent market survey that they plan to prioritize cloud migration and digital transformation in 2021. Cleo’s Essentials package is designed for them, providing a way for companies to rapidly embrace ecosystem integration workflows to enable eCommerce and accelerate their digital business transformation.

Essentials offers a rich library of application and business connectors alongside a flexible data transformation engine to support API, EDI, as well as non-EDI-based business processes. Business and technical users alike gain real-time operational visibility along with the ability to securely provide dashboard and scorecard access to trading partners, strengthening business relationships through richer transparency. 

With these capabilities and more, Essentials provides the integration foundation to empower businesses to:

• Enable eCommerce expansion (e.g., direct-to-consumer sales and omnichannel fulfillment) through marketplace and digital commerce platform integration 

• Scale multichannel business by automating API, EDI, and file-based transactions on the same platform

• Modernize traditional EDI connections by consolidating legacy integration systems 

• Migrate integration to the cloud with either self-service, managed services, or a blended approach 

“In today’s ‘always on’ eCommerce-driven environment, businesses need integration strategies they can depend on and grow with as their ecosystems become significantly vast and dramatically more complex,” said Vidya Chadaga, vice president, Products, for Cleo. “With our new Essentials package, we are bringing ecosystem integration to the masses. Modern integration technology allows companies to absorb the blow of slowdowns, shutdowns, and instability. So, whether you are looking to automate your business processes, support growth of API-based integrations, or modernize your aging EDI systems, Essentials will jump start any B2B integration initiative." 

Cleo already powers ecosystem integrations for over 4,000 organizations including CTSI-Global, Steel Technologies, Estes Express Lines, Elite Transit, New Balance, TaylorMade, and Lipari Foods, among others. Now, Essentials will make it easy for more companies to get started with ecosystem integration. 

“We designed Essentials to ensure companies of any size or scale are able to take advantage of growth opportunities at their fingertips. We are empowering companies to rapidly start with modern integration use cases with a platform that keeps up as growth hits,” added Mahesh Rajasekharan, president and CEO of Cleo. “By offering Cleo Integration Cloud’s best-in-class integration technology – uniquely delivering API and EDI integration from the same platform, with end-to-end visibility – Essentials is Cleo’s answer for the thousands of companies looking to accelerate digital transformation by building an integration foundation for rapid scale.” 

For more information about Cleo’s new Essentials package, visit our website

About Cleo Integration Cloud

Cleo Integration Cloud (CIC) is a cloud-based integration platform, purpose-built to design, build, operate and optimize critical ecosystem integration processes.  The CIC platform brings end-to-end integration visibility across API, EDI and non-EDI integrations that gives technical and business users the confidence to rapidly onboard trading partners, enable integration between applications, and accelerate revenue-generating business processes.  On the platform, businesses have the choice of self-service, managed services, or a blended approach – ensuring complete flexibility and control over their B2B integration strategy.

About Cleo

Cleo is an ecosystem integration software company focused on business outcomes, ensuring each customer’s potential is realized by delivering solutions that make it easy to discover and create value through the movement and integration of B2B enterprise data.  Cleo gives customers strategic, “outside-in” visibility into the critical end-to-end business flows happening across their ecosystems of partners and customers, marketplaces, and internal cloud and on-premise applications.  Our solutions empower teams to drive business agility, accelerate onboarding, facilitate modernization of key business processes, and capture new revenue streams by reimagining and remastering their digital ecosystem through robust application, B2B, and data integration technologies. For more information, visit or call +1.815.282.7695.

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