Every IT system that is launched in a company is its own little world. It has its own language, plus specific rules and procedures that are controlled by various instances. However, just like in the real world, individual systems always depend on each other and have to work together to support complex business processes. This makes data exchange between different applications into a very sensitive and complex process, which can draw on lots of system resources. Our ‘Esperanto for EAI’ framework is a universal translator and helps you to seamlessly integrate a wide range of systems into an overall process, without having to adapt the applications themselves. This helps us reduce development costs considerably.
The world of IT has grown and changed over decades. It consists of lots of individual applications that work together and reach into all areas of the company. The sales department works in a CRM system, which accesses product information stored in a SharePoint farm. In addition, all production processes are controlled by SAP software and supplemented by small, isolated solutions. So it’s quite normal to have a rich mix of software applications that share data and communicate with each other at all sorts of places.
There are some downsides, however. Due to the variety of media, data is often synchronised insufficiently or too late and may contain errors. This results in a large manual effort. Differences in data status make it hard to conduct cross-system analyses without expert help. Metadata is spread across multiple systems and cannot be controlled centrally. And there are many dependencies that you can’t see at first glance and therefore can’t control. It’s hard to foresee effects and dependencies when you change a process.