Welcome!

Release Management Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, David H Deans, Liz McMillan, Jnan Dash

Related Topics: Microservices Expo, Java IoT, Agile Computing, Release Management , @CloudExpo

Microservices Expo: Article

How to Enhance Applications to Support Business Agility (Part 2)

Soaring with the cloud – “no software” doesn’t mean “no integration”

Sustaining applications in the most cost-effective and efficient fashion is the foundation to maximizing a return on data. But it is only the foundation. Organizations have to move beyond sustaining applications to driving innovation, and the first step in that progression is learning the best ways to enhance existing applications and implement new applications that will help modernize business processes and support business agility.

The challenges around enhancing applications are well agreed upon. The top challenges include:

  • Insufficient Data Quality - Data quality issues of one degree or another are pervasive in the majority of enterprises, leading users to distrust the data. This is a problem within applications and, even more so, across applications.
  • Right-Time Access to Information - The pace of business continues to accelerate, and users can no longer wait weeks or days for information necessary to perform their jobs. If business users need immediate access to fresh and trusted information in the applications they use every day, IT must find ways to provide it.
  • SaaS Sprawl - As more and more applications move to the Cloud, IT needs to be proactive in maintaining visibility and control over SaaS applications and their data, including the ability to easily integrate them with on-premise applications. After all, "no software" does not imply "no integration."
  • Successful Data Migration to New Applications - As organizations implement new applications, existing data must be moved quickly and smoothly to the new apps, on time and on budget, so that dependent business processes are not negatively impacted.

Building Trust in the Data with Automated Data Quality
The core reason why business users lack trust in their data is because that data resides in data silos across multiple systems and, when it is delivered to them, it is all too frequently inconsistent, incorrect and incomplete, not to mention late. This impacts both day-to-day data usage as well as strategic usage. For example, Procurement processes need consistent and correct data on vendor price and performance in order to negotiate favorable contracts, as well as data that is timely in order to either drive or block purchase requisitions and payments to vendors per their adherence to their contracts.

Hence, the first step to modernizing business processes is to enhance application quality with trusted, authoritative data that is predictable, valuable and timely, regardless of how many source systems it is being drawn and integrated from.

Integrating data quality processes into the overall enterprise data integration process is a definitive step for any organization looking to build user trust in their data. This is as simple as introducing automated data cleansing that can be leveraged by all applications across the company. A further step is introducing proactive data quality monitoring capabilities into the hands of data owners, so they participate in improving the quality of their information.

The payoff comes with users spending less time reconciling data and more time working with it.

Ensuring Right-Time Delivery with Data services
Ensuring that the right information is delivered at the right time to the right person is another formidable challenge, but one that can be solved, and data services provide the solution within the context of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Traditional SOA approaches lack a data integration layer. Anything that cannot be handled by a simple Web service, such as complex data transformations or data cleansing, requires hand-coding and proprietary interfaces, which are things one wants to avoid.

Data services, on the other hand, present a discrete set of sophisticated data integration tasks that support the entire data integration life cycle. These data services can be readily consumed as Web services by the various components of a SOA, and also by composite applications and portals. The complexity of the task is hidden, plus the data services can be easily published to SOA registries and repositories.

Results? Organizations using data services have reported up to five times faster delivery of new data, and cost savings of up to three times. This means that these organizations are able to respond faster to changing information demands, increase IT project success rates, and even deliver comprehensive single customer views on-demand to help drive new revenues and increase customer satisfaction.

Soaring with the Cloud - "No Software" Doesn't Mean "No Integration"
SaaS application spending, as everyone knows, is soaring. As a result, more and more companies need to find ways to support hybrid IT infrastructures that span cloud and on-premise applications and make them work seamlessly together to maximize the return on all enterprise data. And this requires data integration.

Cloud applications have to integrate with other systems in order to provide full value. At the same time, integration needs to happen in a secure fashion lest IT lose control of enterprise data assets. Fortunately, appropriately designed cloud data integration will support hybrid IT environments, essentially by extending unified, enterprise-class data integration services to the cloud.

Things to look for when supporting hybrid IT include a "secure agent" that provides the ability to create and securely manage all aspects of integration jobs, which can be shared between on-premise and cloud deployments. While the agent can be invoked via a web browser, what it does is establish a secure connection between data source and data target and all data integration processing occurs on-premise in the enterprise environment for maximum IT control.

Ensuring the Success of New Applications Through Efficient Migration
As organizations modernize their systems and business processes, they find that migrating data to their new applications is not usually a slam dunk proposition. All data migrations are inherently risky and subject to the lack of suitable tools, skills, knowledge of the data, and an access, validation, and audit strategy. Moreover, there is a lack of tools and processes to help business stakeholders and data users ensure and verify that the data is actually fit for use.

Having the right technology platform and skills goes a long way toward ensuring an on-time and on-budget migration. Knowledge of the data that is being moved is critical to each step of the migration process and ultimately is key to ensuring that the migrated data actually "works" in the new application. Having an infrastructure that supports change during the migration process is mandatory. And active business involvement is the hallmark of every successful migration. Hand-coding, using the wrong migration methodology, and relying strictly on IT are all pathways to migration time and money overruns or outright failure.

In selecting a migration platform, you want to ensure it provides:

  • Connectivity to the broadest range of environments and databases
  • Built-in data quality profiling, cleansing, and transformations (for all data types)
  • Fast, easy development, updating, and reuse of transformations
  • Easy auditability of the data from source to target

From Application Enhancement to Business Transformation
The above steps, from building trust in data to ensuring the success of new applications, all speak to enhancing applications to drive business process modernization and business agility. The next leap is to transform applications and, by extension, to transform the business, to drive innovation and growth. Much of what is accomplishable to enhance applications is leveragable when transforming them, but there are also new and highly valuable things to accomplish, as will to be seen in Part 3 of this article.

More Stories By Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is the General Manager for Informatica’s Information Lifecycle Management Business Unit. Prior to assuming this role, he was in charge of product definition and go-to-market strategy for Informatica’s award-winning enterprise data integration platform. Mr. Wilson holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an engineering degree from Northwestern University. He can be reached at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ a_adam_wilson

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


@ThingsExpo Stories
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SourceForge has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SourceForge is the largest, most trusted destination for Open Source Software development, collaboration, discovery and download on the web serving over 32 million viewers, 150 million downloads and over 460,000 active development projects each and every month.
SYS-CON Events announced today that DXWorldExpo has been named “Global Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. Digital Transformation is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.
Elon Musk is among the notable industry figures who worries about the power of AI to destroy rather than help society. Mark Zuckerberg, on the other hand, embraces all that is going on. AI is most powerful when deployed across the vast networks being built for Internets of Things in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, healthcare, government and other sectors. Is AI transforming IoT for the good or the bad? Do we need to worry about its potential destructive power? Or will we...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SIGMA Corporation will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. uLaser flow inspection device from the Japanese top share to Global Standard! Then, make the best use of data to flip to next page. For more information, visit http://www.sigma-k.co.jp/en/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Daiya Industry will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Daiya Industry specializes in orthotic support systems and assistive devices with pneumatic artificial muscles in order to contribute to an extended healthy life expectancy. For more information, please visit https://www.daiyak...
SYS-CON Events announced today that B2Cloud will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. B2Cloud specializes in IoT devices for preventive and predictive maintenance in any kind of equipment retrieving data like Energy consumption, working time, temperature, humidity, pressure, etc.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Massive Networks, that helps your business operate seamlessly with fast, reliable, and secure internet and network solutions, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. As a premier telecommunications provider, Massive Networks is headquartered out of Louisville, Colorado. With years of experience under their belt, their team of...
SYS-CON Events announced today that NetApp has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. NetApp is the data authority for hybrid cloud. NetApp provides a full range of hybrid cloud data services that simplify management of applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments to accelerate digital transformation. Together with their partners, NetApp em...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Corporation will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Corporation is a company developing, manufacturing and marketing high quality and wide variety of industrial computers and interface modules such as PCIs and PCI express. For more information, visit http://www.i...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Mobile Create USA will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Mobile Create USA Inc. is an MVNO-based business model that uses portable communication devices and cellular-based infrastructure in the development, sales, operation and mobile communications systems incorporating GPS capabi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Nihon Micron will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Nihon Micron Co., Ltd. strives for technological innovation to establish high-density, high-precision processing technology for providing printed circuit board and metal mount RFID tags used for communication devices. For more inf...
SYS-CON Events announced today that N3N will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. N3N’s solutions increase the effectiveness of operations and control centers, increase the value of IoT investments, and facilitate real-time operational decision making. N3N enables operations teams with a four dimensional digital “big board” that consolidates real-time live video feeds alongside IoT sensor data a...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Suzuki Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Suzuki Inc. is a semiconductor-related business, including sales of consuming parts, parts repair, and maintenance for semiconductor manufacturing machines, etc. It is also a health care business providing experimental research for...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, will discuss how data centers of the future will be managed, how th...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ryobi Systems will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Ryobi Systems Co., Ltd., as an information service company, specialized in business support for local governments and medical industry. We are challenging to achive the precision farming with AI. For more information, visit http:...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MIRAI Inc. will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MIRAI Inc. are IT consultants from the public sector whose mission is to solve social issues by technology and innovation and to create a meaningful future for people.
SYS-CON Events announced today that mruby Forum will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. mruby is the lightweight implementation of the Ruby language. We introduce mruby and the mruby IoT framework that enhances development productivity. For more information, visit http://forum.mruby.org/.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusic will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Fusic Co. provides mocks as virtual IoT devices. You can customize mocks, and get any amount of data at any time in your test. For more information, visit https://fusic.co.jp/english/.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Greg Gorman is the Director, IoT Developer Ecosystem, Watson IoT, will provide a short tutorial on Node-RED, a Node.js-based programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using a wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click. There is a large library of contributed nodes that help so...