There are very few times in a company’s life cycle when the opportunity arises to change the rules of the game. Even rarer is the occasion when a company successfully converts this opportunity into reality. But with today’s historic launch of the Liaison Alloy Platform™ and the introduction of a new market category called dPaaS, Liaison has accomplished just that.
The Liaison Alloy Platform is the industry’s first Data Platform as a Service (dPaaS) solution. It takes a holistic approach by incorporating people, process, and technology to address integration and data management problems never before seen in the marketplace. An approach that, in one graceful swoop, not only plugs the gaps left by other solutions, but necessarily shifts the IT paradigm from applications to data. At Liaison, we call this a data-centric approach and we’re using it to solve today’s most pressing data challenge—how to turn massive amounts of disparate data into a relevant and usable data-set that drives the business forward.
I could easily go on (and on) about the features that set Alloy apart from the other solutions available on the market today, but that’s what our website is for. Instead, I’d like to focus on how Liaison got to this point. If success is where preparation and opportunity meet, then what’s the opportunity and preparation that primed our creativity and paved the way for this revolutionary new platform and market category.
First, the opportunities afforded to us by today’s fast-changing data demands…
The Liaison Alloy Platform is our response to the powerful technology disruptions that are forcing organizations to find new ways to deal with their data. One of these disruptions, of course, is big data. Big data’s ask is confounding: turn more data, with more disparity than ever before and coming in faster than ever before, into trustworthy and actionable insight in near real time. That’s a tall order, and it requires an intricate dance between integration and data management functions before applying analytics algorithms and business intelligence. The opportunity? Unify these functions so that this dance can finally be choreographed.
The fast and furious emergence of big data isn’t the whole story. As cloud increases its foothold as the preferred delivery method for applications, many of which are highly specialized and steadily chipping away at the role of the once-monolithic ERP system, companies are facing exponentially increasing integration complexities. The opportunity? Replace point-to-point integrations, that require deep surgeries every time an application is changed, with a focus on a core data model to which all integrations map, allowing new applications and end-points to be easily incorporated without impacting other infrastructure already in place.
Now, a look at 15 years of preparation…
The other half of the success equation is preparation. The Liaison Alloy Platform is the culmination of 15 years of cutting-edge cloud innovation (we like to say we were “born in the cloud”), experience delivering integration and data management solutions for over 7000 diverse customers around the globe, and plain old hard work. With this vast experience, all of it relevant to the task at hand, Liaison was perfectly poised to see the opportunities laid out before it, and uniquely positioned to capitalize on them.
The Liaison Alloy Platform is not cobbled together from the ashes of other data solutions; it’s a carefully conceived offering unlike anything that’s come before it. And unlike anything that’s come before it, Alloy is the industry’s first platform capable of addressing all the integration and data management needs of today—and tomorrow. Let Alloy lead us to the data inspired future!