• Follow us


iPaaS: The true digital transformation enabler

As the economy becomes increasingly digitised, the pace continues to accelerate as organisations adopt new digital transformation strategies. The term ‘digital transformation’ has become well established as the new business frontier to be conquered. It’s the quantifiable difference between an organisation that is stuck in the past and in decline and one that is racing ahead to embrace the future. It’s the difference between an organisation which is hanging on to the status quo, and one which seeks to innovative, excite and optimise.

There’s a myriad of iterations of digital transformation, with organisations of different sizes and in different sectors approaching it differently. Yet, at the heart of any digital transformation project is the same principle – getting access to data and managing that data effectively. Understanding and harnessing data enables organisations to automate processes, to generate and apply new business insights, and optimise their operations – all desirable outcomes of digital transformation initiatives.

Daunting prospect or transformational opportunity?

However, this data management is often easier said than done. In many organisations, information is still stored in silos, with different datasets ring-fenced from each other and in different formats, making any attempt at consolidation a long and complex one. As any business analyst will tell you, they spend more time frustratingly finding and fixing the data they need, than they do actually working on it and delivering insights.

This acts as a powerful brake on productivity and financial success – it’s like our economy is driving forward with the handbrake on. It prevents key stakeholders from being able to access data from outside their own domain, meaning disparate datasets cannot be unified, so that they may shed light on the real problem being faced or reveal a new business opportunity that would otherwise remain undiscovered or impossible to deliver. It is without doubt, that the movement, transformation and understanding of data - and not the underlying technology - will be the single biggest economic driver for many decades to come.

A new economic reality

If data is the real economic driver of the 21st Century, then that data needs to be set free, so it becomes highly visible and accessible, in easy-to-use formats and ‘joinable’ with other data from internal or external sources. An expensive and lengthy digital transformation programme is not always essential to achieve this, although it can have clear benefits.

So what is the first step for organisations still dealing with data silos? The common response is to assume that a major IT infrastructure change is needed. This might involve creating consolidated data storage from different parts of the organisation, such as a data warehouse, data lake data vault etc. This will also likely involve reviewing the organisation’s overall cloud strategy so that applications and their data are constantly available in all departments and locations. For an organisation at a particular stage in its enterprise IT evolution, with the time, budget and motivations to undertake such a project, something on this scale might be a good choice, generating far-reaching benefits. However, the danger is that all it will do is deliver newer and more impressively shiny silos, without dealing with the fundamental issues.

Changing how we work

True digital transformation requires a new way of looking beyond the technology and instead, understanding how data flows within and outside of an organisation. Adopting a data management strategy, one that respects the existing cultural and technical environments, and creates a roadmap for where they both need to go, is fundamental to success. Digital transformation is, after all, a business change endeavour, and so requires people and processes to adapt with it.

It presents a very real opportunity for organisations to start adopting new ways of thinking and working, that are collaborative and far more productive than our economy of today. This is how the innovations of the future that will enhance our lives will be created and go way beyond simple IT infrastructure investment considerations. In fact, in many instances, great strides can be made with minimal spend by leveraging legacy IT systems and joining them together so that their data can flow without restriction.

For younger or smaller organisations, a major IT infrastructure overhaul is unlikely and would be overkill. Such projects are a costly and time-consuming distraction to any business. Moreover, organisational data may still remain inaccessible at the project’s end, particularly for stakeholders without advanced IT skills.

iPaaS – the answer to agile IT modernisation

An alternative approach involves layering something rather more agile and cost-effective over the top of an existing IT estate. Taking a step backwards and considering the controls which actually extract, filter, manipulate and consolidate data focuses our attention on APIs. Typically, in any siloed organisational structure, each IT system or application will have its own specific API, the interface through which stakeholders access and harness the underlying data.

This is the model at the heart of iPaaS technology. It enables organisations, no matter what their scope, size or industry, to develop a single holistic and intuitive view of all their data and, crucially, to actively harness that data to make tangible business decisions. Even individuals without advanced or specialist technical skills – such as knowledge workers, business unit heads, product managers, and of course business analysts – are able to access and visualise data from across the entire organisation. And because the data can be virtualised, it doesn’t have to physically leave its original source, avoiding complex and expensive data storage architectures.

Increasing productivity and innovation through APIs

APIs are the glue that connect the digital world and are essential for organisations to deliver on their digital transformation goals, but the benefits don’t stop there. APIs allow businesses of all sizes to innovate at the speed of market leaders, as well as increase productivity and agility. Companies that leverage APIs are much more likely to empower their teams to self-serve. The outcome of these enhanced capabilities results in a business with better connected and integrated departments, and this translates into significant gains in financial performance.

Digital transformation can sound like a complicated or fluid concept, but its engines are very simple. Empower stakeholders from across your organisation to access data from all other parts of the organisation, in a format that they can intuitively harness and combine with other data sources. Ensure that they can truly ‘self-serve’, with as much mobility and agility as possible. From there, the possibilities for organisational transformation and radical innovation are endless.

Martino Corbelli, Chief Product Officer, SPINRImage Credit: Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK 

Read More

Leave A Comment

More News

TechRadar: Internet news

Jamaica vs USA live stream: how to watch 2019-07-03 18:41:42Reggae Boyz out to make their third consecutive Gold Cup final as they face the USMNT. Check out our Jamaica vs USA live stream guide for all your wat

Symantec reportedly in Broadcom takeover talks 2019-07-03 17:04:33Broadcom may be looking at Symantec deal following last year's CA Technologies acquisition

Chile vs Peru live stream: how to watch 2019-07-03 16:56:12Who will win the 'Pacific derby' and join Brazil in the 2019 Copa América final? Check out our guide for your Chile vs Peru live stream.

Parallels and Winzip developer Corel acquired 2019-07-03 16:47:45Investment equity firm KKR snaps up Corel less than one year after Parallels deak.

The best VR laptops: these notebooks are ready 2019-07-03 16:24:29Don't have room for a VR gaming PC in the house? Then you're going to need a powerful laptop.

Copa América 2019 live stream: how to watch 2019-07-03 15:51:00The last four in Brazil and a classic encounter beckons. Read our guide for your 2019 Copa América live stream options as we enter the semi-fin

The best gaming monitor 2019: the 10 best 2019-07-03 15:49:44With the best gaming monitors, your games will come alive in ways you can’t even imagine.

The best Chromebooks 2019 2019-07-03 15:33:50We've searched far and wide for the best Chromebooks you can buy, always up to date and thoroughly tested.

The best PC gaming headsets 2019 2019-07-03 15:20:26The best gaming headset brings your game audio to life and won't cramp your ears after long play sessions. Here are the top 15 headsets we've tested

Netherlands vs Sweden live stream: how to watch 2019-07-03 14:58:58It's all or nothing in the second 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final. Don't miss a kick with our Netherlands vs Sweden live stream guide.

Best gaming laptops 2019: the 10 top gaming 2019-07-03 14:40:15The best gaming laptops you can buy, always up to date with the latest hardware configurations.

Popular cloud storage app hides a rather nasty 2019-07-03 14:35:43Upstream has blocked over 114m suspicious mobile transactions.

Latest ITProPortal news

Foxconn president resigns to run for office 2019-06-21 08:00:29He wants to focus on his presidential campaign.

Google confirms it's leaving the tablet business 2019-06-21 07:58:09It's throwing everything it has into the laptop business.

US city votes to pay ransomware demand 2019-06-21 07:30:31Riviera Beach can't catch a break.

iPaaS: The true digital transformation enabler 2019-06-21 07:00:33At the heart of any digital transformation project is the same principle – getting access to data and managing that data effectively.

5G can help start ups compete better 2019-06-21 06:30:585G could give birth to a whole new wave of start-up businesses, who would leverage the technology to compete better against well-established players i

Leaked passwords are only the tip of the 2019-06-21 06:30:45The true cause of the problem isn’t what one company does or doesn’t do with their security, but the underlying premise that personally id

The rise of voice commerce 2019-06-21 06:00:46This is a burgeoning trend that could be a huge market in the very near future.

IT issues creating workplace "black hole" 2019-06-21 06:00:33Employees are losing hours fixing stuff around the office.

GDPR compliance: is your business at risk of 2019-06-21 05:30:57Since the introduction of GDPR last year, small businesses have faced increased pressure to develop and alter their existing policies in line with the

How continuous deployment can help you keep pace 2019-06-21 05:00:10With every company now a software company, here's how continuous deployment makes you stand out from the crowd.

Keeping up with digital transformation: Is your ERP 2019-06-21 04:30:46Digital transformation need not be a scary term, but the foundation of your ERP strategy.

Why the jewellery sector is in major need 2019-06-21 04:00:07How blockchain and modern technology has helped to change the way the sector is functioning.

TechCrunch » Enterprise

Equinix and Singapore’s GIC will launch a $1 2019-07-02 00:20:35Equinix, one of the world’s largest data center companies, announced that it will form a $1 billion joint venture with GIC, Singapore’s so

Video platform Kaltura adds advanced analytics 2019-07-01 15:15:26You may not be familiar with Kaltura‘s name, but chances are you’ve used the company’s video platform at some point or another, give

We’ll talk even more Kubernetes at TC Sessions: 2019-07-01 12:00:58You can’t go to an enterprise conference these days without talking containers — and specifically the Kubernetes container management syst

Tara.ai, which uses machine learning to spec out 2019-07-01 06:09:59Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly important component of how a lot of technology works; now it’s also being applied to how tech

Enterprise SaaS revenue hits $100B run rate, led 2019-06-28 11:48:44In its most recent report, Synergy Research, a company that monitors cloud marketshare, found that enterprise SaaS revenue passed the $100 billion run

We’re talking Kubernetes at TC Sessions: Enterprise with 2019-06-27 12:48:01Over the past five years, Kubernetes has grown from a project inside of Google to an open source powerhouse with an ecosystem of products and services

Fellow raises $6.5M to help make managers better 2019-06-27 11:21:30Managing people is perhaps the most challenging thing most people will have to learn in the course of their professional lives – especially beca

Fungible raises $200 million led by SoftBank Vision 2019-06-27 11:00:24Fungible, a startup that wants to help data centers cope with the increasingly massive amounts of data produced by new technologies, has raised a $200

Cathay Innovation leads Laiye’s $35M round to bet 2019-06-27 10:22:46For many years, the boom and bust of China’s tech landscape have centered around consumer-facing products. As this space gets filled by Baidu, A

Amperity update gives customers more control over Customer 2019-06-27 09:03:26The Customer Data Platform (CDP) has certainly been getting a lot of attention in marketing software circles over the last year as big dawgs like Sale

Bright Machines wants to put AI-driven automation in 2019-06-26 11:16:00There’s a mythology around today’s factories that says everything is automated by robotics, and while there is some truth to that, it&rsqu

Vulcan Cyber announces $10M Series A to automate 2019-06-26 09:20:42Many software vulnerabilities are already known, and vendors have even issued patches, but the problem is there are so many patches that it’s of

Next INpact – Actualités

⭐ #LeBrief : certificats OpenPGP « empoisonnés », 2019-07-02 04:25:24C'est l'heure de #LeBrief, notre bilan de l'actualité dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies. Il contient toutes les informati

⭐ Soldes d'été 2019 : le récap' des 2019-06-28 11:42:39Ça y est, mercredi matin 8h, les soldes d'été sont lancés. La Team Bons Plans est évidemment sur le qui-

Internet en France : le « bilan de 2019-06-28 11:13:59Tel un médecin auprès d'un patient qu'il faut surveiller de près, l'Arcep dresse le « bilan de l'état de sa

Qwant fait le point sur ses services : 2019-06-27 04:00:00Après plusieurs mois en alpha, Qwant Maps passe en bêta. Au passage, le service de cartographie et d'itinéraires gagne l'acc&egr

Limeil-Brévannes : la folle histoire des clients K-Net 2019-06-26 08:35:26Les contrats de 63 abonnés K-Net (FTTH) ont été résiliés car SFR a démonté et emporté des &eac

⭐ #LeBrief : failles Firefox et VLC, MonAvis 2019-06-24 04:36:05C'est l'heure de #LeBrief, notre bilan de l'actualité dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies. Il contient toutes les informati

« L'incident technique » à la Poste a entrainé la 2019-06-21 09:09:23Hier matin, un vent de panique soufflait sur le site de La Poste. À cause d'un « incident technique », des clients se retrouv

⭐ #LeBrief : hausse des prix Netflix, Windows 10 2019-06-20 03:59:56C'est l'heure de #LeBrief, notre bilan de l'actualité dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies. Il contient toutes les informati

⭐ Le récap' des bons plans du moment, 2019-06-19 09:16:06Cette semaine, nous faisons le point sur macOS Catalina ainsi que sur le premier référendum d'initiative partagé propo

⭐ #LeBrief : League of Entropy, salve de bêtas 2019-06-18 04:20:39C'est l'heure de #LeBrief, notre bilan de l'actualité dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies. Il contient toutes les informati

⭐ Le récap' des bons plans du moment, 2019-06-12 07:37:44Cette semaine, nous fêtons les dix ans de la Hadopi. De son côté, Inpact-Hardware déchiffre pour vous l'architecture du chi

⭐ #LeBrief : Have I Been Pwned à vendre, 2019-06-12 04:53:14C'est l'heure de #LeBrief, notre bilan de l'actualité dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies. Il contient toutes les informati

Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.