Benefits of Using Alumio vs. Internal Microservices

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May 19, 2020

Nowadays, data plays a very important role within the industry. For example, companies are collecting more and more data on a larger scale, so that they can better understand their customers and thus serve them even better. Data plays such a central role in many companies that it could be said that this has become one of the most valuable assets. And if the accuracy and reliability of data is assured, it can be turned into important information. Information the company can use to excel. Because of the value this data brings, it is wise for a company to think about how the IT landscape can best be organized. In this article we will discuss the benefits of Alumio.


1. Monitoring and debugging thanks to extensive logging


Alumio is shipped with an extensive logging module. This module ensures that all relevant information regarding the movements and transformation of data between the applications is saved. This will make it easier to debug and eliminate problems.

2. Combine data from different sources


Take for example an e-commerce company using Magento as the end point and any ERP package as the source application. In addition to the ERP package, there is another source application, namely a Product Information Alumio package such as Akeneo in which the product data is enriched. In most situations, the ERP package will provide the basic product information, such as the SKU. Alumio offers the ability to combine the data from both applications before it is updated all at once in the target application.

3. Applying transformations to data


This is possible thanks to the user-friendly user interface of Alumio. Alumio offers a low-code solution which makes it very easy to apply transformations to data to make it compatible with the source/target application. Think for example of upper casing of country codes, or doing mathematical calculations on one or more figures.

4. Replacing a source/target application


Everything within a Alumio environment can be configured. For example, if the URL of a source changes, this change can be implemented within a few minutes through the user interface. Do you change supplier with a different protocol? Even then, in most cases, you can quickly implement the required changes. On top of that, Alumio could even provide the transition between these two applications. Alumio can facilitate the required migration of data between the new and old application so that business can continue as usual.

5. Less dependent on updates, therefore a faster time to market


Alumio often uses the API to communicate with the various applications. An API can be seen as a contract between supplier and customer, in which agreements have been made about the reading and editing of data within an application. Suppliers often offer a module in addition to this API that can be used to make a connection between two applications quite simply. The disadvantage of this method is that the code of the module quickly becomes obsolete, making the (unavoidable) updates of the application more difficult. If you use the API of both applications, this problem will not occur, because the API is usually available within the application by default. However, Alumio isn’t limited to just API communication. Alumio is able to communicate with everything, independent of its protocol. Example of other protocols being SOAP, FTP or directly connecting with databases.

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons to choose a platform like Alumio.
Hopefully, this article will give you the opportunity to think about the organization of the IT landscape within your company.

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