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Simplifying Digital Transformation with the Alumio iPaaS

Written by
Saad Merchant
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9 min
Last updated
Oct 25, 2022

Digital transformation: is there a bypass to the hassles of achieving it?

Spoiler Alert: It’s called the Alumio iPaaS!

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As per a recent Gartner survey, 72% of Data & Analytics leaders are heavily involved in digital transformation initiatives."

Digital transformation has gone from being a buzzword to a watchword for every big or mid-sized enterprise. That message rings loud & clear from every study, discussion, and expert opinion about how companies can maintain their competitive edge and relevancy as the world evolves in the digital era. However, many business leaders are still unsure about what digital transformation fully entails. So, what’s the big idea?

The short answer: digital transformation is all about integration!

The long answer: digital transformation involves integrating business processes, company culture, and customer experiences with digital technology. It also means adopting a 'Digital First’ approach with any new solution a business develops or problems they attempt to solve. In other words, it isn’t a one-time thing and involves successive digital transformations of business processes at different stages.

However, is it enough to make services available online or modernize legacy systems to achieve digital transformation successfully? Implementing multiple new technologies in an organization is now a minor part of the plot; getting them to all work together and seamlessly share data is a major part of the digital transformation story.

How do cloud apps and software integrations connect with digital transformation?

Nearly all new digital technologies are implemented or accessed through software or cloud apps that need to be integrated with business processes. Getting these technologies to communicate and combine their services via these software (and their respective APIs) is significantly easier. Thus, although a seemingly small part of it, at the heart of achieving digital transformation lies “integrations,” i.e., integrating business systems, software solutions (SaaS), and cloud applications.

Today, there’s a software solution or app to digitalize nearly every department or work process of a business, from Marketing, Sales, HR, Logistics, Customer Service, you name it! The most popular software solutions (SaaS) or cloud apps that businesses integrate are e-commerce platforms, ERP, PIM, CRM, WMS, POS, channel marketing, and many such systems.

To summarize:
Integrating digital technology = integrating software or cloud apps = digital transformation

In this regard, while creating integrations for digital transformation may sound epic from a general standpoint, it can fairly appear to be a complete implementation nightmare from a C-level point of view. Why should business leaders risk attempts to evolve long-standing, working processes that laid the foundation for their company? Why favor adopting newer practices and technologies that are still being defined?

The concern essentially calls for a faster and more flexible solution for building quick POCs to experiment with new cloud apps and create software integrations to accelerate digital transformation.  

That’s where the Alumio iPaaS comes in.

What is the Alumio iPaaS and how does it help accelerate digital transformation?

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At least 40% of all businesses will die in the next 10 years… if they don’t figure out how to change their entire company to accommodate new technologies.”
- John Chambers, Cisco

The Alumio iPaaS (integration Platform as a Service) is a next-gen connectivity solution. It enables businesses to quickly and cost-effectively integrate two or multiple systems, software, apps, or data sources, across on-premise and cloud environments.

It is a cloud-based, low-code platform that both developers and non-developers (project managers, data experts, C-Level) can collaborate on to create, manage, and monitor integrations on one user-friendly interface. Most importantly, it provides organizations with a centralized, dedicated cloud environment to connect all their software, systems, apps, and data integrations, giving them a clear overview and full control of their IT ecosystem through one intuitive dashboard.

Are you considering creating a real-time online shopping experience that syncs with your successful on-ground business? The Alumio iPaaS allows you to integrate your company’s ERP with any of the best e-commerce platforms out there. Want to optimize and streamline your product information management experience in real-time? The iPaaS enables enterprises to experiment with integrating the best PIM solutions out there. Looking to quickly digitalize and improve your customer service experience? Experiment with implementing one of the best CRM solutions.

However, before we speed into the future of integrations - let’s backtrack to digital transformation! Why do organizations really need digital transformation, and why is it such a big deal? Let’s explore the benefits and its value to modern companies.

Why are businesses investing in digital transformation?

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The worldwide market for digital transformation is expected to surge from $521.5 billion (in 2021) to a staggering $1,247.5 billion (in 2026).”

While a business can embark on its digital transformation journey for many reasons, the spur in this regard is currently fueled by a survival instinct. To understand why, we needn’t look further than the recent Covid-19 pandemic and how it affected businesses worldwide, especially the ones that weren’t digitally able. In the aftermath of the pandemic, a business’s ability to quickly adjust to supply chain disruptions, time-to-market pressures, and rapidly transforming customer expectations has come under the lens.

At an MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, IT leaders unanimously agreed that consumer behavior had drifted significantly since the onset of the pandemic. Sandy Pentland, an esteemed professor (@ MIT Media Lab), spoke about how optimized automated systems deployed in supply chain management witnessed a meltdown when confronted with rapid transitions in both demand & supply.

Yet survivability factors aside, the kickstart to any digital transformation efforts of a business aims to improve business processes, enhance customer experience, ease business friction, push productivity limits, and boost profitability. If the company is aspirational, the transformation efforts revolve around the idea of becoming future-ready and capable of integrating emerging technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning).

What are the key business benefits of digital transformation?

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Reports show that 54% of transformation efforts are modernizing customer touchpoints through digital transformation."

As indicated before, digital transformation plays a crucial role in customer experience, operational agility, culture, leadership, workforce enablement, and software solution (SaaS) or cloud application integration. In this regard, some key business benefits of pursuing digital transformation are:

1. Digitalized and improved business process automation

Business automation means devising methods to perform manual, repetitive tasks without human assistance. While such automation can also refer to conveyor belts in a factory moving products from one point to the other, in the current digital age - automation refers to adopting digital-first and data-driven means for automation. It refers less to automation machines and more so to the adoption of software-centric solutions.I

ntegrating software solutions or applications for digital growth isn’t just about remotely automating repetitive manual tasks. Instead, apart from freeing up employees for higher-value work, one of the significant advantages of these digital solutions is that they provide valuable, real-time data insights for improvements. In this regard, it can be said that digital transformation and business automation now go hand-in-hand.

For instance, using an integration platform like the Alumio iPaaS to integrate a WMS (Warehouse Management System) with your business means automating inventory tracking, predicting product availability, shipping calculations, and delivery dates. Using the iPaaS to integrate a WMS solution with an ERP, an e-commerce platform, or integrating all three can help significantly improve real-time inventory management and forecasting product availability.

2. Get 360-degree insights and control with integrated digital transformation

One of the key advantages of digital transformation is that it entails implementing software solutions like the Alumio iPaaS (integration Platform as a Service), which can help gather customer data from all your business touchpoints. The software provides a visual analysis of the data and can be effectively used to improve customer experiences and discover new opportunities and areas for improvement.

By enabling businesses to integrate and interface with all their systems, software, and data sources on one platform, the Alumio iPaaS enables seamless data sharing and 360-degree data insights. It helps unlock data silos and organize all disparate data stored across departments into data lakes. This holistic control and overview of integrated data that the Alumio iPaaS provides can be used to optimize the targeting of marketing activities, ad spends, and budgets for business improvements. The platform can also be used to make digitally transforming companies ready for Business Intelligence, AI, and ML technology, which are systems that essentially thrive on holistic data collection.

3. Elevating customer experiences with CRM digital transformations

One of the core reasons for (and benefits of) digital transformation is the rapidly evolving standards for customer experience. The expectations and demands of customers for digital and real-time services are increasing by the day. They progressively expect immediate results and simplified processes. CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is where digital transformation has seen critical developments in the past decade, from highly advanced chatbots to full-fledged CRM cloud applications.

By enabling enterprises to integrate their connected systems to any CRM solution quickly, the Alumio iPaaS helps make their customer service touchpoints available anywhere, anytime, and from any device. The valuable data insights the software provides on customers, trends, or troublesome areas that can turn into opportunities enable businesses to generate targeted marketing campaigns and effective sales follow-ups. By building customer profiles, past purchase logs, and interaction history, a CRM system significantly boosts the efficiency with which businesses deal with customer queries or problems. It also helps automate reminders on abandoned checkouts and informative email sequences to customer inquiries.

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According to BusinessWire, it was predicted that companies would spend a mind-boggling $641 billion on customer experience in 2022.

Consider this example: The premium carmaker Porsche invested in a solution that stockpiles driver data. A centralized CRM data center compiled and stored the data. Here, a unique ID was assigned to every driver. Porsche utilized these IDs to document customer interactions at all touchpoints, allowing a 360-degree view of the customer relationship. This data is then used to segment customers in real-time and leverage predictive analytics to offer customers exactly what they wanted, right when they wanted it! As a result, Porsche's marketing campaigns and sales conversion rate improved.

From an operational point of view, CRM digital transformation helps improve collaboration between all your professionals or departments involved in improving customer experience. It helps organize and prioritize customer problems more efficiently, with chatbots resolving the most basic complaints and queries instantly with automated responses and resources.

How the Alumio iPaaS helps accelerate digital transformation

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Think of digital transformation less as a technology project to be finished than as a state of perpetual agility, always ready to evolve for whatever customers want next, and you’ll be pointed down the right path.”
- Amit Zavery, VP and Head of Platform, Google Cloud

One of the most significant advantages of the Alumio iPaaS (integration Platform as a Service) is the speed and ease with which it enables companies to integrate two or multiple new technologies, cloud apps, or software solutions. Additionally, it provides IT managers and CIOs with a user-friendly means to quickly assimilate their teams with new technologies. The user-friendly interface of the Alumio iPaaS makes it easy for non-coding experts (like data specialists, Excel wizards, project managers, or business users) to create, organize, or modify integrations via one intuitive dashboard.

On another note, Forbes recently showcased a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, which found that 70% of digital transformation projects fail to achieve their goals despite a green light from the leadership. One of the key reasons can be attributed to complex integration and scalability metrics. To reiterate, digital transformation isn't just about integrating multiple new technologies, software solutions, or cloud apps; it's about integrating it all within one IT ecosystem. The Alumio iPaas helps centralize all integrated software and systems on one scalable, dedicated cloud space with seamless data sharing.

To learn more about achieving sustainable digital transformation, read our white paper on how the Alumio iPaaS helps businesses create future-proof IT ecosystems.

The benefits of using the Alumio iPaaS to achieve digital transformation:

1. Integrate multiple cloud applications

As a low-code integration platform, the Alumio iPaaS equips companies with the flexibility to seamlessly integrate multiple systems, without custom code and with complete data sharing.

2. Connect popular systems

The Alumio iPaaS provides connectors or pre-configured integrations for popularly connected systems, software, or apps, which help implement integrations even faster.

3. Upgrade legacy systems

The Alumio iPaaS is designed to simplify the integration of legacy systems and old-school ERPs with modern, cloud-based, customer-facing applications.

4. Get dedicated cloud space

Choose a "Dedicated Enterprise" environment to host all your integrations and data privately, with added security and without any limit on data routes, endpoints, or users.

5. Enable data security and compliance

By centralizing all integrations and data on one secure, cloud-based platform, the Alumio iPaaS provides full data access, ensures data security, and helps users comply with key privacy legislations like GDPR.

6. Ensure business continuity

Organize a secure IT ecosystem that can act upon any worst-case scenario. Buffer all data, quickly change connected systems, and receive automated monitoring and logging to ensure data security.

In conclusion…

To unleash the full potential of digital transformation, high-performing organizations need a centralized approach to manage the full spectrum of integrations & workflows. The Alumio iPaaS has been developed by prioritizing user-friendliness with a wide range of features, including state-of-the-art security & data governance, automated troubleshooting features, and much more. All of these can position your business to overcome every challenge it faces in its digital transformation journey!

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