Digital Transformation will lead you to success

Embrace digital business transformation

Digital Transformation
Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the accelerating transformation of business activities, workflows, processes and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of the latest digital technologies. It is digitizing organisation’s business processes, improving technological foundations, seamlessly integrating with providers and as a result reducing the costs and improving significantly customer experience.

Digital business transformation is the key to improving operations by using data and analytics that give the ability to adapt and seize new opportunities.

Why do you need digital transformation?

Today’s businesses require operating faster business process cycles with a high volume of data to serve demanding customers more than ever.

Despite all smart mobile and cloud solutions, Artificial Intelligence that fast-moving technologies are currently providing, enterprises seem to be somehow in a catch-up mode when it comes to digital transformation. Staying behind, keeping traditional business models can put businesses in a disadvantageous position. Innovative business models, automated workflows can help companies stay competitive and reduce costs.

Workflow automation is the right step to start

Among many aspects of Digital Transformation, workflow automation is the right small step to start this journey. If your organisation does not have a workflow automation tool, then it is the right to time to get one.

Workflow Automation will enable your organisation to refocus your people on more strategic tasks, innovation and creativity rather than repetitive efforts. It will allow your organisation make smarter use of time, materials and information.

In my experience, as a technical architect and collaboration specialist, I have built collaboration and business process automation solutions using a broad range of technologies across several industries. Some large projects can take a long time and effort to see the results. When implementing a new solution, it is always recommended to start with small steps. Trying to transform everything at the same time will not give the best results. Step by step approach will lead to a successful transformation. Select one of your organisation’s internal processes and explore the ways this can be automated. Once the first step is implemented and succeeded it becomes a lot easier to bring this to a larger scale.

Ensure your team’s buy-in

Another important aspect is to create your team’s buy-in when it comes to introducing digital transformation. Adoption of the digital workflow solution by your team, employees, partners, providers is the key to success. Ensuring that workflow solution is easy to use, intuitive, customisable to adapt to your business needs, has capabilities to adjust to the new mobile workforce are the main things that should be considered.

In this era, digital transformation has become a fast priority to many businesses from small start-ups to big enterprises. Today most executives are digitally transforming three key areas of their enterprises: customer experience, operational processes and business models. If your organisation isn’t engaged with digital transformation already and is looking for one, get in touch with us to learn more about Kianda, our unified digital platform that provides very easy and quick ways for non-technical users to build complex workflows made of professional-looking online forms without the need for coding knowledge.
Start your Digital Transformation journey with Kianda, automate your simple or complex business processes.

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business process automation platform
Business process automation platform

Osvaldo Sousa
02 Aug 2017
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SharePoint as an enterprise app platform

SharePoint generally is a great framework for building enterprise apps and I am not simply referring to apps built using the app model. I am referring to all the combinations of solutions that leverage services SharePoint provides. This includes client-side based solutions such as HTML5, JavaScript and traditional farm solutions.

SharePoint Consultancy

From a client-side point of view, SharePoint offers a lot when it comes to resources that can be leveraged from frameworks such as Ember or Angular.

SharePoint offers the following services:

  • Lists
  • Document libraries
  • A robust security model
  • User profile store
  • Extensive REST API and much more…

SharePoint developers (SharePoint farm solutions developers) have been leveraging successfully of these resources to build enterprise systems for many years. This has had sometimes not so good results due to the fact that these solutions can sometimes affect the whole SharePoint server farm in a way that is detrimental to anything else running in that server farm.

The solution for this as dictated by Microsoft with the introduction of the app model is to make more use of the “platform” personality of SharePoint. This allows effectively to write code that does not run within the same process as SharePoint code does and helps to avoid (most of the times at least) the common pitfalls of SharePoint farm solutions.

Sample customer ordering system built in combination with SharePoint + EmberJS

Here is a good example of such use of SharePoint by employing Ember JS coupled with a few lists in SharePoint to build an order management system.

Sharepoint, Ember, JSOM, REST, Lists

The ingredients for this hypothetical system are:

  • Two SharePoint lists (Customers and Orders with the required metadata)
  • EmberJS used to provide front end and business logic
  • SharePoint JSOM / REST API to allow Ember to work with list data
  • A Single Html Page (or SPA) containing css references and handlebars templates for use in the system
  • app.js referenced within the html page
  • A document library to host the page and its client resources

The following is sample code used in app.js

SharePoint-App-List-Customisation
Note: In the code snippet above SPData represents an abstraction to using a combination of SharePoint rest services or simply JSOM.

The advantages of building your business app this way are multiple: Easy to change and quick to adapt without lengthy deployments and the guarantee of no custom code being executed with your SharePoint process.

In conclusion; the use of sophisticated client-side frameworks combined with SharePoint web services can provide an ideal environment for your next business application.