The path to more security and transparency
When your systems, data sources are connected and managed through an API network, your integration process will be faster, more flexible and more secure.
More software means higher productivity, but also greater complexity.
For decades, companies have been reaping the rewards of innovation in software technology. Implementing and operating standardized processes and data modelling has improved productivity and created value.
Standardised software suites have made it possible to benefit quickly from advances in software research and development, whilst having a good overview of costs incurred. State-of-the-art ERP, SCM and CRM platforms offer user-friendly and wide-ranging customizations, which have made our businesses more competitive. Their in-built scripting languages, interface descriptions and libraries enable us to extend and customize out-of-the-box functionality.
Over time, however, we have gone from relatively few customizations to a massive number of complex custom applications, which keep moving further away from the original core system. This makes it difficult to upgrade or modernise the overall system landscape.
There is little to no documentation available for the vast amounts of code in these systems. In most projects, the process logic is hidden within millions of lines of code, making it virtually impossible to reuse and difficult to maintain. For most companies, this leads to each new project having to start from scratch and unable to benefit from work that has already been done.
On top of that, each platform has a proprietary language and different interfaces; users cannot make modifications without highly specialized knowledge. That gives us no choice but to hire experts with specific platform expertise – who can charge top-dollar daily rates, because access to this kind of expertise is limited.