You may have recently seen a new analyst report from MWD Advisors regarding Desktop Integration. This is a good read and discusses how the final mile of the integration journey (the desktop) is often the hardest to solve.
In a recent article, I presented the idea of Desktop Integration. I made the point that despite decades of investment in back-end integration technologies, the number of applications on the desktop continues to grow. The end-user is therefore becoming the latest in a long line of integration ‘tools’!
Some examples of how users automate data transfer between apps using Glue42 Desktop Zapier and Excel.
If you’re an Excel user and thought the only way to use Zapier was to work with files stored on OneDrive for Business, this is no longer the case. Glue42 Excel means that you don’t have to give up the ability to work with files stored on company servers or local computers. It enables Zapier to work with Excel workbooks stored anywhere – online and offline.
In order to understand this approach to application integration, it’s useful to first consider previous innovations in this area. Database level integration was one of the earliest attempts at coordinating sets of data across different types of software. This opened up options for developers but was limited by its struggle to keep up with the rapid progress being made in the development of computers.
Glue42 makes it easy for teams spread around the enterprise (and the planet) to develop pieces of functionality that work together. Done right and depending on the tools and techniques used, you can often develop a lot of apps quite quickly – our biggest client reports development times reduced by 50%
To digitally transform business operations, organisations will build and/or buy capabilities that help differentiate themselves. This may require the creation of new applications, the re-factoring of existing applications or the adoption of 3rd party SaaS solutions; most likely a combination of all three. The journey is never ending (unless you get it so badly wrong, the journey ends for your company!)