In today’s dynamic world there is so much of demand from business. All these demands are not met by just COTS (Custom Off-The-Shelf Software) and enterprises do have the necessity to develop custom digital applications to support their business. In the recent trend these digital applications are becoming the backbone of the business, and hence, they apply multi-level pressure on Enterprise IT for a faster turn-around time. As a result of this, ad-hoc decisions are made towards the development and management of these applications. In the scenario where the enterprise is multi-branch (spread across multiple locations) these decisions are repeated multiple times across all the branches.
Demand-driven vs. Strategic driven decisions
These decisions are usually Demand-driven vs. Strategic driven decisions. Many times the technology stack is decided based on what skillsets are available at that point in time rather than what is suitable for the given application. Also, there is complete lack reusability and all the functionalities that are common to all the applications such as administration functionalities, sending notifications, system configuration etc. are repeated for every application in each branch. Ideally, these functionalities should be looked at as independent microservices consumed by all these applications and not reinvent the wheel.
Let’s take a simple example of Authorization (access control). Each Application would have its own implementation of how users are authorized to perform certain actions in the application. Some of the applications might refer to an identity provider while some may have their own role/privilege management module to control. In the above scenario, if there is a business change that requires a certain restriction to be applied across all systems, it’s going to be a nightmare for IT. Imagine the number of applications that have to be tweaked to apply this change. Not just that each application has to be individually tested and verified. Given the urgency of businesses demands Enterprise IT is sure to fail in this scenario, as it’s going to take ages for them to complete the business change.
Consequently, in no time Enterprise IT is under a heap of applications with no standardization at all. They are never going to get time to streamline this issue as they will be busy meeting the ongoing needs of the business.
Pain points of Ad hoc approach
1) Repeated effort and cost for all the applications for all the branches
2) Difficulty in bringing governance as the digital application has no commonality
3) There is no enterprise level single view of all the digital applications for CDO, CTOs to monitor the KPIS
4) Higher probability of failure as each application reinvents the wheel
Standardizing Digital Application Management
In order to provide technology leadership Enterprise IT should have a strategy in place to standardize the management of all applications. This can drastically improve the business agility and reduce the operational challenges to a great extent.
Standardizing the digital application management not only helps in the maintainability but also cuts down significant time in the development of new custom applications, as developers can concentrate only on the business functionality rather than on the management aspects of the application.
How to Standardize?
Digital Applications Management Platform (DAMP) is the solution to implement standardization. Digital Applications Management Platform (DAMP) encompasses all the building blocks that are common for all applications. For example, Application Catalog, Authentication, Authorization, Customer/partner/Branches Access Management, Notification, Business event auditing etc – can all be operated in a centralized place. Therefore, when business needs a change it becomes easier to implement the change in one central location and roll it out. All the applications will be integrated to work in sync with the platform.
Techcello’s Digital Applications management Platform provides a comprehensive management portal along with 30+ building blocks that can be easily integrated with your existing applications. Techcello is also cloud neutral and hence, can be deployed in the public, private or hybrid cloud.