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Choosing an iPaaS as an strategic digital pillar

Four pillars of digital success
An iPaaS makes all your connections visible and understandable on its user-friendly graphical interface, makes it easy for system integrators or agencies to quite literally be on the same page with project managers and C-level, when planning tweaks, improvements or budget allocations on their system integrations.

Choosing an iPaaS as an strategic digital pillar

For businesses to be successful, we genuinely believe it's vital to have a connected IT ecosystem. Everything and everyone in your digital ecosystem should connect across channels, devices, and platforms. Companies with a connected infrastructure are far outpacing their competitors.

Four pillars of digital success

We have identified four main pillars that you need as an organization to help you achieve success with your digital investments: vision, data, process and technology, and people.

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.” – Bill Gates

Successful companies need to have a digital strategy

90% of the studies show specific and challenging big goals lead to organizations achieving higher performance than those setting no or easy goals. To be able to understand why you should have an integration strategy, there are four main pillars to help you achieve success with your digital investments.

Vision

How is the company going to be managed? What are the objectives and goals?
What strategies do you need to consider to achieve digital success?  

A significant role of the management team is to have a clear picture of all four pillars. It's crucial to understand where you are today in each pillar, and this forms part of your strategy to progress forward. But without a vision, you won't know which direction to set off in.  

Use simple, clear language when writing your vision; everyone must understand it. Think big. It might seem more achievable and safer to set a smaller short-term goal, but everyone loves an organization that knows where they want to be and it's going to take a big, juicy, audacious plan to get there!  

A big goal inspires employees and stimulates progression and the urge to improve. SMART objectives are there to help you set achievable deliverables along the way, but the goal... needs to be big.

Data

Data is the key for most things today, and that stands true when looking at digital maturity. Successful organizations who are future- thinking and hyper-learning build themselves on robust, reliable data—hence the term data- driven.  

Too often, we see data stored in a siloed manner. It needs to be available in a smart way, where it can be accessible for all levels of the organization, creating a seamless experience across channels, devices, marketplaces and more.  

To be ready for machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and truly become a digital-first company, data from all customer touch points, sources, software, channels, and departments needs to be easily accessible.  

Process and Technology

Having the right tools for the job is true of any trade. Why should software be any different? It shouldn't!  

A clear view of how data and software are being used will avoid things happening in a silo from each other, leading to inefficient processes. To be ready for the world of APIs, you'll need this level of visibility. APIs will allow you to be exisible, scalable and secure. Smart algorithms, analytics and AI models will help your organization adopt more effective processes and will enable you to make intelligent decisions based on real-time data. Making the right choices about technology will mean you'll have an ecosystem that will grow with you and avoid costly implementations. Install for growth now, and it will save you time, money and a headache further down the line.

People

Knowledge, experience and culture are what people bring. Data-driven organizations require partnerships and people who understand digital. The landscape is continually changing, and people need to be aware of the shift. They need to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

Learn all about the benefits of an iPaaS in our other blogs or download the white paper: '8 Reasons to have an iPaaS solution in your IT eco-system.'

1) Let the API Datapoints be created via SAP Consultants

Risk of low quality & performance errors
If your team will create the data points in the API’s for a fully blown SAP B2B portal, for the first time, the risk of forgetting data fields, the wrong type / logic of creating webservices in a way they will not perform is enormous.    

Let's give you 1 example and insight:   In order to create a customer or so-called self-service portal in your B2B eCommerce, where customers can have a look to their current stats of orders and deliveries, or the history of orders, you need to create 2 separate webservice to make sure you are not over requesting the SAP API. You need to create a separate web service which only requests the header information (invoice number,  for only the latest 10 items, etc and 1 separate which request the detailed information of an invoice. rserd customer will look for a list of first and only will have a look to 1 order/ delivery. The API call of the headers is exceptionally light, and the request of detailed information is a bit heavier. By using 2 APIs call for this feature, you are preventing to request all the detailed information for every user, which will visit the self-service portal. This way if building the API’s is 98% lighter than requesting all detailed information for all orders by all users!

The risk of configuring your webservice in a way which will get a big load to your SAP is enormous. When requesting all products, B2B Prices, Orders or Invoices to your SAP using real-time calls via a wrong logic, it may cause serious  performance problems. It is  therefore extremely important to configure the webservice with the right logic, using a smart caching  mechanism, to not request data in real-time by using “call” requests to your  API webservices, however  use a push mechanism to prevent big load and performance issues

2) Use an off the shelf certified and proven SAP API Plugin

Digital Trends

Choosing an iPaaS as an strategic digital pillar

Four pillars of digital success
Choosing an iPaaS as an strategic digital pillar

For businesses to be successful, we genuinely believe it's vital to have a connected IT ecosystem. Everything and everyone in your digital ecosystem should connect across channels, devices, and platforms. Companies with a connected infrastructure are far outpacing their competitors.

Four pillars of digital success

We have identified four main pillars that you need as an organization to help you achieve success with your digital investments: vision, data, process and technology, and people.

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.” – Bill Gates

Successful companies need to have a digital strategy

90% of the studies show specific and challenging big goals lead to organizations achieving higher performance than those setting no or easy goals. To be able to understand why you should have an integration strategy, there are four main pillars to help you achieve success with your digital investments.

Vision

How is the company going to be managed? What are the objectives and goals?
What strategies do you need to consider to achieve digital success?  

A significant role of the management team is to have a clear picture of all four pillars. It's crucial to understand where you are today in each pillar, and this forms part of your strategy to progress forward. But without a vision, you won't know which direction to set off in.  

Use simple, clear language when writing your vision; everyone must understand it. Think big. It might seem more achievable and safer to set a smaller short-term goal, but everyone loves an organization that knows where they want to be and it's going to take a big, juicy, audacious plan to get there!  

A big goal inspires employees and stimulates progression and the urge to improve. SMART objectives are there to help you set achievable deliverables along the way, but the goal... needs to be big.

Data

Data is the key for most things today, and that stands true when looking at digital maturity. Successful organizations who are future- thinking and hyper-learning build themselves on robust, reliable data—hence the term data- driven.  

Too often, we see data stored in a siloed manner. It needs to be available in a smart way, where it can be accessible for all levels of the organization, creating a seamless experience across channels, devices, marketplaces and more.  

To be ready for machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and truly become a digital-first company, data from all customer touch points, sources, software, channels, and departments needs to be easily accessible.  

Process and Technology

Having the right tools for the job is true of any trade. Why should software be any different? It shouldn't!  

A clear view of how data and software are being used will avoid things happening in a silo from each other, leading to inefficient processes. To be ready for the world of APIs, you'll need this level of visibility. APIs will allow you to be exisible, scalable and secure. Smart algorithms, analytics and AI models will help your organization adopt more effective processes and will enable you to make intelligent decisions based on real-time data. Making the right choices about technology will mean you'll have an ecosystem that will grow with you and avoid costly implementations. Install for growth now, and it will save you time, money and a headache further down the line.

People

Knowledge, experience and culture are what people bring. Data-driven organizations require partnerships and people who understand digital. The landscape is continually changing, and people need to be aware of the shift. They need to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

Learn all about the benefits of an iPaaS in our other blogs or download the white paper: '8 Reasons to have an iPaaS solution in your IT eco-system.'

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