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Business Applications are everywhere - inside your company, in your business network, on your customer’s website, and in the cloud. Additionally, content is dispersed around the web too; siloed in a variety of application types (enterprise, web, cloud, SaaS) and databases; scattered across extranets, intranets, XML and FTP sites; and locked in Flash, Excel, PDF and Word files.
The extension of business networks to the cloud and business partners is creating the growing challenge of integrating to an explosion of “application silos”. Urgent business demand to connect all these applications is growing in volume and the only way to deliver is to find a new, hyper-agile solution for applicatin integration projects. How is that possible? One way IT organizations try to solve this challenge is by hiring armies of consultants to rewrite legacy applications. Another is to wait for a 3rd party (on its own schedule, not yours) to supply the APIs or data feeds you so desperately need. Otherwise you are left with requiring your analysts or process workers to manually cut and paste data as an undesired “last resort” solution to meet their needs.
A faster, better, cheaper way
One secret to Kapow Software’s success is the purpose-built browser-engine of the Kapow Katalyst platform; the award-winning Kapow Automation Browser:
All of those ubiquitous data sources have one thing in common — their data is viewable in your standard web browser. The problem is that your web browser was designed to display, or present, the data, not to extract, transform, integrate, and migrate it from the source you're looking at to the place where you need it.
The secret to Kapow's success and the engine of the Kapow Katalyst platform is the award-winning Kapow Automation Browser:
No more dependency on APIs
Automatically transform and validate using business rules
What is a business rule? Humans and computers interpret things differently (of course). The human eye is very forgiving with respect to small variances in data presentations (we don't really notice); computers, however, require the highest level of precision.
For example, a person can interpret "9/28/2010" and "September 28th" as meaning the same thing; but, for a computer to understand this, the data needs to be transformed to be consistent with your existing data formats. Also, icons or images can contain data (such as an average reviewer rating which might be represented by a certain number of stars); the image needs to be transformed into the data it represents in order to be compatible with your existing data stores. Moreover, you may be extracting data in multiple languages, all of which needs to be transformed and translated to a common format.
To combine and integrate data from multiple sources, Kapow Software’s automation robots apply both in-process business rules in real time, and post-processing transformations, to normalize data and ensure uniform formatting.
In-process business rule examples: