Digitalization is one of the central opportunities and challenges for today’s companies. On the one hand, the opportunities are characterized by more efficient work processes. The challenges, on the other hand, lie – amongst others – in a highly fragmented IT infrastructure, which can be found in most companies. Many individual solutions are used, which are separated from each other. IT infrastructures generally consist of a pool of individual solutions that are operated independently of each other. Almost every business unit works with its own software and its own connected systems. Thus, the integration of different data sources is usually very difficult, time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, this is rarely being done to the necessary extent.
As a result, most of the data companies collect during their business operations, which would add value to any company in its entirety, cannot be used for every standard software solution. It is a fact that bidirectional access to different data sources within a company – and often across company boundaries – is unavoidable when analog processes are being digitalized. Until now, companies had been forced to develop a new application for almost every process they intended to digitalize. This requires several interfaces, so that data can be used across all platforms. This also means that for each new application, connectors for the data access and for the integration of the individual data supplying systems must be developed from scratch. Unfortunately, this entails a lot of effort and high costs.