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Building flexible & robust commerce ecosystems with Alumio

Written by
Carla Hetherington
Published on
February 20, 2023

In a rapidly evolving and digitalizing industry, it is imperative for modern businesses to be scalable and adaptable. There is simply no way around this. We need not look further than the COVID-19 pandemic to realize just how critical it is to have technology that allows you to quickly adapt to unforeseen circumstances.

In context to digital growth, being adaptable means being mindful of the ever-changing consumer preferences that drive the market in different directions and adjusting accordingly. Scalability allows businesses to expand and produce revenue without being limited by their structure or lack of resources. Thus, in practical terms, when it comes to digitalized businesses, it all boils down to having a flexible platform that allows you to adjust on-demand, increase revenue, and prepare you for growth.

The double-edged sword of digital transformation

Digital transformation involves integrating software solutions (SaaS) or cloud applications for digital growth, such as e-commerce, PIM, CRM, WMS, POS or other systems with all the business processes of a company, such as Marketing, Sales, Customer service, Procurement, HR and all other departments. In this way, these integrated software solutions become an integral part of a business' IT ecosystem.

Connecting with these applications helps automate a wide variety of costly, time-consuming and manual repetitive work processes such as hiring, emailing, invoicing, product information optimization, inventory updates, customer relationship management, and a thousand odd more business processes across various departments.

”Since 2021, companies worlwide have been using an average amount of 110 SaaS (Software as a Service) applications.”


However, while digital transformation plays a huge role in streamlining organizational processes, it can become an IT nightmare if it is done via custom code and without a proper IT infrastructure that can holistically connect data from each system. In other words, the fact that connecting to software solutions enables digital transformation and business automation is only a short term result. In the long term, it leads to a more complicated problem: with each new software solution that a business integrates with, the more challenging it becomes to manage these connections and the resulting data exchange. This ends in an increasingly entangled IT ecosystem filled with data silos, also known as “IT spaghetti,” or “spaghetti code.”

Alumio is a next-gen integration platform designed to integrate with any new kind of technology, empowering businesses to build a scalable and robust IT ecosystem without any custom coding required, and, of course, without IT spaghetti.

The business benefits of Alumio

Flexibility and user-friendliness

By being a low-code middleware solution, Alumio ensures the simplicity of integrations in a way that’s flexible for both developers and non-developers at the same time. While this may sound contradictory, it is pretty straightforward:

On one hand, Alumio is designed to enable non-developers and business users to build, govern, and orchestrate all integrations and data from one user-friendly interface. Yet, on the other hand, Alumio also provides advanced integration features like mappers, transformers, and storage that enables developers to configure, build, and modify integrations in a flexible and scalable manner.

In other words, businesses don’t have to hire many expensive senior developers to manage the integrations developed, since the Alumio platform enables use Junior Developers, Project Managers, and Business users to do just that. This frees up existing Senior Developers to focus on building more advanced integrations and platform customizations, resulting in an optimization of employee performance and reducing your TCO (Total Cost of Operations).

Furthermore, since Alumio enables the automation of thousands of manual business processes by removing the necessity of custom code, businesses can utilize their resources on generating newer revenue streams.

Visibility of integrations

The Alumio dashboard provides a visual landscape of all data flows, solving potential black box problems, and allowing C-level to have a clear insight and determine what operations need specific budgets. Additionally, thanks to the platform’s automated monitoring and logging features, integration errors and API conflicts across all connected software or systems are promptly detected and resolved. By eliminating potential integration roadblocks, Alumio reduces the business impact of faulty integrations thus saving companies significant sums in maintenance costs.

Seamless real-time 360-degree data insights and data sharing

Alumio gathers customer data from all business touchpoints through software integrations, providing a visual analysis of the data that can be effectively used to enhance customer experiences and discover new opportunities and areas for improvement. This holistic control of integrated data that Alumio provides can be used to optimize the targeting of marketing activities, ad spends, and budgets for business improvements. Additionally, Alumio can also be used to prepare digitally transforming companies for Business Intelligence, AI, and ML technology, which are systems that thrive on holistic data collection.

More importantly, when it comes to building the integrations themselves, businesses don’t have to wait for years to successfully integrate multiple software, cloud apps, and new technology. The Alumio platform will seamlessly integrate e-commerce and ERP systems, enabling the addition of multiple systems like PIM, CRM, WMS, or any other, with seamless data sharing. In fact, if any of the integrated systems aren’t a match for the business, Alumio enables the seamless replace and addition of new software without any loss of data integrity, improving the time to market.

The bottom line is…The Alumio integration platform is the perfect solution for modern, future-oriented businesses.

By offering the technological capabilities required for digital transformation and business process automation, Alumio guarantees businesses a fully connected and untangled IT ecosystem that is ready to be scalable, adaptable, and future-proof.

To sum up, with Alumio, businesses can enjoy:

  • The optimization of employee performance and reduced TCO
  • A clear insight into what IT operations need specific budgets
  • A reduced business impact caused by faulty integrations
  • A holistic control of integrated data used to optimize customer experiences
  • Flexibility to replace software without any loss of data integrity
  • Improved time to market

Before an IT ecosystem can be scalable and beneficial for your business, it needs to be properly integrated and untangled accordingly. After all, attempting to have a scalable and resistant IT ecosystem without a proper platform is like trying to build a house on sand. Build your house on concrete and build your IT ecosystem with Alumio.

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