European retail distributor The Mousquetaires has contracted Cloud-based integration platform provider Boomi and event streaming and management capabilities provider Solace to accelerate its digital transformation.

The two companies will support The Mousquetaires’ IT department, STIME, in its digital transformation programme.

The transformation involves overhauling the group’s IT system and business chain in response to new challenges in mass distribution.

STIME will integrate Boomi’s AtomSphere Platform into the gateway application programming interfaces (APIs) and the extract, transform, load (ETL) processes in The Mousquetaires’ information system.

The Mousquetaires will also use Solace’s event-driven architecture tooling, including the PubSub+ Event Portal, to improve event flows and omnichannel experiences.

In a statement, STIME said: “It is a real challenge to make applications of different levels cohabit in heterogeneous deployment environments and data centres.

“In working with Boomi’s integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and Solace’s enterprise-grade event streaming and event management capabilities, we can considerably accelerate our time-to-market, and this can already be measured in concrete terms.

“Eight months after the start of production [with Boomi and Solace’s solutions], 77 business flows could already be processed, with a goal of 228 within 12 months.

“We would not have been able to achieve these results with our old architecture.”

Boomi Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) South sales director Fabio Invernizzi said: “Retail businesses are at a tipping point, fueled by new market pressures and new opportunities to understand and anticipate customer needs.

“Today’s connected consumer wants a highly personalised, frictionless experience across every channel, making time-to-value critical for retailers to roll out new products and services, and rapidly address competitive pressures and customer expectations.”

Solace Europe vice-president Vincent Rontani said: “Retailers must keep up with the buying patterns of increasingly empowered and educated consumers.

“As the demand for personalised, real-time engagement grows, integration between e-commerce, inventory, pricing, order management, service and marketing systems is necessary for providing a seamless customer experience.”

The Mousquetaires operates throughout Europe under seven brands, including food retailer Intermarché, home improvement retailer Bricorama and supermarket chain Netto.