This is the last of a three part blog series that gives a techno-hug to underappreciated older technologies used in cloud-based data integrations. Last up: legacy systems!
My colleague, Chris Hale, recently blogged about the sluggishness of heavy-duty enterprise systems, particularly in today’s business landscape where nimble and light (think “cloud”) have become practical instead of pie in the sky. Chris correctly points out that these enterprise architectures, whether they include old fashioned legacy mainframes or clunky ERP architectures, are falling out of favor fast with visionaries.
In short, enterprise lethargy equals eventual loss of competitive edge.
Despite the clear trend towards lightweight architectures, we frequently (and happily) undertake data integrations that exclusively involve legacy and ERPs. After all, legacy systems have had fifty years to gain traction, and SAP is the third largest software company in the world (whose bread and butter is either to provide a replacement to or work directly with existing legacy systems and their respective business processes).
So where does Liaison fit in? My perspective is that we expertly toe the line of embracing the new and the working-old simultaneously. Got an old loveable mainframe you want to integrate with over the cloud? We do that, do it well, and do it all the time. SAP integration? Check. GDSN syncs? We’re all over that. All three at the same time, and more? If your enterprise architects can dream it up, we can integrate it!
Each organization has unique business processes that in turn drive unique integration needs. Legacy systems, ERP environments, and organic architectures certainly always have some room for improvement, and Liaison provides the mechanisms for integration streamlining. Our clients see Liaison as a means to get rid of integration woes and modernize all at once, allowing for the focus on core competencies.
Lastly, Liaison provides our clients with an elite partner during the upgrading, scaling, growing, and modernizing of their technologies over time – from clunky to the cloud. Now that’s made of win.