Digitization is one of the central opportunities and challenges of today’s companies. On the one hand, the opportunities are characterized by more efficient work processes. On the other hand, the challenges are faced, among other things, in a highly fragmented IT infrastructure that can be found in most companies. Many individual solutions are used, which are separated from each other. IT infrastructures usually consist of a pool of individual solutions that are operated independently of each other. Almost every business unit works with a different software and its own connected systems. Thus the integration of different data sources is usually very difficult and also time-consuming and cost-intensive, and therefore this rarely happens to the required extent.
As a result, most of the data that a company raises during its business operations, which would add value to any company in its entirety, cannot be used for every standard software solution. The fact is that when digitizing analog processes, bidirectional access to different data sources within a company – and often across company boundaries – is unavoidable. Until now, companies have been compelled to develop a new application for almost every process they want to digitize. This requires several interfaces so that data can be used across all platforms. This also means that for each new application, connectors for the data access and for the integration of the individual data supplying systems must be developed from scratch, which is combined with high effort and therefore high costs.
A STANDARD IS NEEDED
Companies have to unbundle and standardize their grown IT systems and isolated solutions. The goal should be to combine different IT systems, existing interfaces and applications physically and functionally. By connecting internal solutions, companies benefit from perfectly harmonised systems that optimally communicate with each other and thus reduce complexity.
THE PROBLEMS AT A GLANCE
Grown IT systems and isolated solutions
Use of individual solutions
Time-consuming and cost-intensive integration of different data sources
Missing (lack of) interfaces
HOW THESE PROBLEMS CAN BE SOLVED
ALL SYSTEMS, ONE PLATFORM
A business and IoT application often gets its added value only by the use of data from integrated systems. The direct visualisation in an application allows processes to be designed more efficiently and redundancies are avoided. To get access to external data with an application, it requires the ability to communicate with the existing backend systems. We provide this integration between application and data source with the low-code platform Simplifier by using standardized connectors and state-of-the-art interface technologies.
FAST DATA ACCESS DUE TO STANDARDIZED CONNECTORS
Connectors ensure that access to any data from various systems is possible. The way it works is the exact same for each. In this context, the connector itself can be compared with a data pipeline, so-called the data access method. This exactly describes what system and protocol is to be used. With the help of connector calls, the specified systems can be accessed in a defined manner. The advantage of this is that applications can use the information they need bundled from several different systems. Once created, sending e-mails from the application is just as easy as executing a SOAP request or requesting machine data.
With the Simplifier, many different connectors have already been developed to connect data sources from several clients. The existing connectors can roughly be grouped into two categories. On the one hand, there are “external” connectors that are used to connect customer systems. On the other hand, there are “internal” connectors. They are related to the Simplifier itself.
THE BENEFITS IN A NUTSHELL
Less errors / avoidance of redundancies
Faster integration and thus faster access to relevant data
Optimized data exchange between several systems
Integration of existing data into one solution
Standardized data model for all IT systems
Consolidation of all functions across the business process chain
Integration of business processes on one platform
Consolidation of all functions in one application
Standardization of interfaces
Avoidance of duplicate implementation for the same functions in different applications
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