Pathfinder of Pervasive Integration

How to interconnect everything for everyone

We previously outlined what Pervasive Integration means for the digital business, and how it can be applied structurally to business activities. Applying that same governance across all lines of business and its corresponding activities can bring about immediate benefits to both technical or non-technical stakeholders
However, according to a Deloitte study of 1,600 C-level executives on the impact and benefits of Industry 4.0 technologies, APAC respondents were the least confident on being prepared to meet the changes that come with this shift. [1] To truly tap on the potential of Industry 4.0 technologies means to have “the ability to adopt integrated digital and physical technologies to improve operations, become more productive, grow and innovate.” Almost half of the surveyed executives consider their organizations proficient at using such advanced technologies to empower their employees, but true Industry 4.0 organizations can tap on these technologies to build new business models in scale and to capture greater value.

Finding your Way to a Good Start
To put digital business and innovation into motion, many organizations and C-suite leaders are looking into a more comprehensive integration platform. In short, a solution that can address the pervasive need for integration enabled to connect hundreds of data points and with the facility to bridge the most innovative technologies such as IoT, blockchain and more.

When determining the functionalities of your single platform for pervasive integration, your unexpected pathfinder may lie amongst your business leaders, instead of technological users. How so? A pervasive integration solution needs to first and foremost possess the capabilities to deliver value in answering questions your business asks. By knowing some, if not all, of your business challenges and what kind of data or solutions can address them, you’d have mapped out half of your required checklist of functionalities.

Integration solutions have also evolved from being simple endpoint-to-endpoint connectivity within on-premise and incumbent architecture to a wide spectrum of cloud applications and data sources. Instant connectivity across these internal and external ecosystems become a must, rather than a good-to-have. With a single integration platform, you will be able to combine both legacy systems with new platforms, without having to tear everything down and build them up again. On the one hand, you save costs in starting everything from scratch, on the other, the opportunity cost of losing prior intelligence in your existing systems is minimized.

Leading Users to Act in Real-Time

How does an intelligent integration platform look like? TIBCO Spotfire® Data Science is an enterprise big data analytics platform that can help your organization become a digital leader. The collaborative user-interface allows data scientists, data engineers, and business users to work together on data science projects. These cross-functional teams can build machine learning workflows in an intuitive web interface with a minimum of code, while still leveraging the power of big data platforms.
Take CargoSmart as an example. [2] The leading provider of global shipment management solutions uses big data for greater visibility and benchmarking. CargoSmart identified a need to speed to decision-making for the business, and even though most carriers were lagging in both innovation and resources to catch up, the company wanted to move ahead.

CargoSmart needed a platform that would allow them to crunch different kinds of data in high volumes and provide real-time analysis. The platform not only has to be scalable, but also possess the malleability to implement new data sources on the fly. Once CargoSmart builds an event-driven architecture, they quickly moved towards TIBCO Spotfire for predictive analytics.

“We want to build a solid prediction model based on alerts and exceptions, and we also want to improve our machine-learning approach based on new data sources continuously,” explains Ralph Ho, senior manager in the B2B group.

“TIBCO’s agile technology allows CargoSmart to facilitate, or to co-design with customers, custom analyses, and dashboards. It’s shortening time to market and also allowing us to deliver exactly what the customers need to meet their business objectives,” says Mr. Ho.

CargoSmart was able to create business opportunities not just for their business but extended the value of pervasive integration toward their ecosystem of customers.

A singular integration platform gives your developers and business users a system of records they can leverage on to build applications faster and to use new architecture patterns. Every user is empowered to collaborate cross-functionally and contribute towards your organization’s digital transformation, improving your business’ speed-to-market and market competitiveness. 

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