Today’s ubiquitous technology is both a curse and a blessing. On one hand, you can find a technical solution to just about any business problem. Look no further than your SAP systems, which provide key business functionality such as enterprise resource planning. Furthermore, new solutions and existing business-critical systems give you more choices than ever before, including cloud-based service models and on-premises installations.
On the other hand, many IT professionals are struggling with what you might call “system sprawl.” Like the server sprawl of the 1990s, this condition results in part from commodity-like availability of solutions. For example, software-as-a-service (SaaS) models make it easy to deploy new solutions without large infrastructure investments. This makes it easy for departments to sign up for new solutions, independent of other systems, and without IT coordination. While convenient, the ready availability of technology solutions to business problems contributes to data center complexity and the problem of data silos in a number of ways:
Human resources (HR) data is in a distinct legacy, home-grown system that evolved with the organization and needs special care and feeding.
Line-of-business (LOB) applications, such as a quote-to-cash system, are isolated from other systems.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) data is stored in an on-premises system of record, perhaps SAP ERP.
Customer relationship management (CRM) data stays in the CRM solution—maybe a relatively new cloud service like Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, procured by the sales department.
This complexity, plus data silos create and widen gaps between business data and business users. Data becomes isolated, accessible to only a few system specialists, and even those users often have to bounce back and forth between multiple distinct systems to do their jobs. These conditions are further complicated by the fact that SAP systems can be difficult to use due to their complexity and a user interface (UI) that some users find unintuitive. All of these challenges can offset the benefits of technology investments and can make it very difficult for businesses to tap into the value contained in increasing volumes of business data.
Bridge the gap between data and users with low-code business apps
The answer to these challenges is not to stop evaluating new systems and new solutions with forward-thinking delivery models. Instead, you want to close the gaps by building bridges between data and people.
You want to make it easy for users to get the right information at the right time so that they can make better business decisions. Here’s what “easy” looks like:
With little or no coding or IT involvement, users can create and customize apps to solve their business needs.
Users can see all the data needed, in context, no matter in which system the data is stored.
These capabilities help keep costs and complexity down.
When you bridge the gap between users and data, you remove obstacles and empower users to work smarter and get business done faster. That’s the power of a business apps platform like K2 blackpearl. It makes bridge-building easy by allowing you to create any business application you can imagine and connect those applications to your current systems. With low-code visual tools, you or your users can create apps, such as workflows and forms, that stretch across roles, departments, and data sources.
The K2 business-apps platform can help you extract additional value from business data by putting that data in the right hands at the right time so that users can quickly make smart, data-driven decisions.
Make better use of the data already at your fingertips. K2 helps you reacquaint your people with business data so that they can make better business decisions. Read our SAP whitepaper to learn how K2 can help maximize data that is dispersed in siloed SAP systems.