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Five Ways Engidesk Can Spur Innovation

Most articles, conference talks or public contribution about digitalization, networking or the Internet of Things tackle the really big picture problems facing humanity in the coming decades—climate change, resource scarcity, and other scary stuff. But unless you wake up every morning striving to save the world, your daily to-do list is probably more prosaic—how do I innovate faster, cut costs deeper, and stop a crisis before it starts? Here are five aspects of engidesk that can make an immediate impact on your business.

1. Composable. We’ve spent a lot of effort building a platform to connect all the sources you already have and which makes it easy to model the properties, connections, and relationships of your calculations and things. With that plumbing already in place, your engineers can stop worrying about basics and focus on delivering value through innovation. And this, in turn, increases productivity while reducing time-to-market or deployment.

For example, let’s say you have a hundred calclulation peaces in Excel, Matlab, C# or other source systems and you want to use some of them to tackle your actual problem. Using our platform, your developers can create an App connecting all the different pieces at hand without writing a single line of code, perform advanced analyses and share everything with others. We supply the glue, and you provide the intelligence.

2. Mashable. Our platform includes a “Mashup Builder,” allowing end users to quickly add and extend features and functionality almost on the fly. Rather than buying software off the shelf and asking IT to spend months adding missing features, applications built in engidesk can be mashed up as needed by the business users themselves. In the example above, adding some custom calculations or add whatever’s missing might take only a few minutes or hours. You improve it as you go, rather than wasting time implementing every conceivable feature.

This has huge implications for both end users and IT. The former have been empowered to mash up calculations and data however they like, tweaking the application to help them perform their jobs better – without needing to burden IT. Meanwhile, IT is free to focus on high-value processes rather than doing low level end user support. You can democratize innovation and increase IT’s productivity and job satisfaction.

3. Fallible. Engidesk empowers you to fail. What do I mean by that? In IT, the potential benefits of installing new software or undertaking integration are weighed against the costs of failure. And because it’s traditionally been so difficult to create or alter packaged applications, the cost of failure was too high. Engidesk changes the economics of IT. Because it’s so easy for users to compose and mash up applications, development is spread much wider, which means the cost of failure falls, and which in turn means the cost to innovate is lower as well, making it easier to experiment. It’s a virtuous circle.

4. Reusable. If there’s one thing to be learned from the runway success of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it’s that apps beat bloated software and cluttered dashboards any day. Apple subsequently triumphed by broadening the development of apps beyond its own engineers through the creation of its App Store, which allows anyone to create and submit an app for use. Engidesk can do something similar for you, creating a publishing area where employees and partners and can copy, improve, and swap their own mashups, thus bringing still more eyeballs to bear on the development process, and saving time and resources by reusing the most useful applications.

5. Equitable. In the past, there was the data center, the control room, the hierarchy, the top-down approach. The engidesk platform creates an ecosystem where each piece of calculation, thing and person can become the center or play a supporting role as needed. This reflects how businesses really work. They are highly distributed with many components and business units. Engidesk allows this complexity to be managed and makes new management paradigms and new business processes possible, with very low risk.

Posted by Lars Lambrecht on January 06, 2016