Navigating the network to digital transformation

Navigating the Network
Navigating the Network

Ever thought about traveling around in a recreational vehicle (RV)? The concept is great! An entire apartment containerized with all its dependencies in-house, allowing you to seamlessly lift and shift it wherever you need. Unlike the containers we deploy in a modern service mesh, RVs are large, cumbersome behemoths that can take a CDL–Commercial Driver’s License–to operate.

Navigating digital transformation

I have a friend who picked up an RV and was taking a trip in one once down a nice back road in rural Massachusetts when he came upon a low bridge… too low in fact for him to pass. Being new at the RV thing, he hadn’t been watching for signage to indicate the potential obstacle before choosing his path. There was no way to turn the beast around on that narrow road, and there was enough traffic that people couldn’t just go around – leading to a massive backup.

A couple of miles down this road ended as a several-hour endeavor with a police escort to help get that beast back up to the highway. Boy was his face red! In this scenario, it just cost him a few extra hours on the road and a couple bucks in gas, but when dealing with new technology, you need to expect disruption and challenges. Do you want to be stuck out on the road alone, or have a way to overcome the obstacles?

Had my friend been more experienced, he might have asked the right questions in advance. Take for example bringing it home to his neighborhood: another challenge he faced! How wide are the roads? Can they handle the wide load without first moving barriers such as cars parked on the street? Is the driveway wide enough, and if not, can he park it on the street without the local zoning board taking issue? Is the driveway cleared so when he got home he could pull right in without blocking the road? Did the RV have adequate clearance to go from the street to his driveway without scraping the bottom?

When dealing with new technology, it helps to not have to go it alone. Axway can help provide the expertise to get started and avoid roadblocks and help to overcome them when they arise. Axway aims to help customers by not only providing the vehicle to move their digital transformation (DX) mission forward but also to help navigate obstacles and be successful.

  • Our Catalyst team is here to partner with you and design and analyze your innovation strategy, providing a roadmap to help you discover exactly what you need and how to realize your goals.
  • Our Griffin Lab is the space where innovation really takes shape. They create demos, sponsor hackathons, promote co-creation, and take on competitive challenges.
  • The Axway Marketplace gives you free assets to rapidly launch your project forward with opensource policy frameworks and full documentation on our GitHub repo.
  • Our Community Portal is a place to collaborate with our SMEs, partners, and other customers to realize solutions to the challenges you have.

Connectors

Ever traveled outside the US? You would think as a global community we could get it together for something as simple as wall plugs. But if you have been around, you probably carry one of those international converters that allow you to connect to at least four different types of plugs. Heck, you even need different connectors for Europe vs. the UK! Beyond just plugging things in, there is added complexity to in the voltage. Be careful taking your 110 V tech to a 220 V country! And that is just the start of the considerations. You have imperial vs metric for measurements. You have the same language is spoken in different countries (e.g., Portuguese in Portugal vs. Brazil) having different words for different things or even the same word for different things.

Alas, the same applies to RVs. Remember my friend who got stuck at the bridge, well that wasn’t the end of his troubles. Having a modern RV, he simply expected everything to connect. No different than the European plugs to the US ones, his RV required custom connectors beyond simply running an extension cord. Within a year he had a growing connection of connectors for power, plumbing, and more. If it isn’t even easy to plug in play with something as simple as power outlets around the world, you can imagine the difficulty with connecting applications and APIs created by entirely disparate teams of developers!

API Management

Axway provides a number of solutions to help with this challenge. For starters, we have our API Management (APIM) solution. By insulating connections with an API abstraction layer, you can handle the transformations and conversations as needed, normalize connections, mediate security tokens and overall rationalize the connection experience. This applies to more than just a static stream though. Axway APIM enables you to do protocol conversation, for example enabling web socket flow to enhance your API consumption experience. Our new AMPLIFY Streams solution also allows you to convert request/response type APIs to one-way streaming APIs!

Add to this our AMPLIFY Integration Builder solution, offering over 150 iPaaS connectors, and we provide that “international plug kit” you need to tie your applications, modern or legacy, in with applications like Salesforce, SAP, ServiceNow and more!

Handling the load

What a journey my good friend has had so far with his RV, eh? Surely his troubles are already over, right? If only! Next was parking it in the driveway. A few cars and balls moved around and he was ready to pull in to the driveway he had worked so hard to pour himself to house his new RV. He had done it for his sedan and it worked like a charm, so he repeated the process, complete without digging footers to reinforce the new section for the heavy load his new means our travel would need. Can you guess what happened next? CRACK!

As new omnichannel experiences are brought to bear, with new means of accessing data such as APIs, and new revenue streams against our legacy services, you will see an increase in load on your network. That is the point, right? Drive more customers and more traffic to increase revenue, but this also increases the load in a way you may not have planned for in the past. Axway can also help with these challenges. Our elastic API topology allows you to scale up and down to handle whatever load comes your way.

We take it a step further as well with our new Amplify Streams solution. This enables you to take your classic request/response APIs and change them into event-driven streaming APIs in minutes. By sending changes out to subscribed clients, you remove a massive amount of load from clients constantly polling the back-end for changes. Not only does this lower your load and give you more control of your traffic, but it also allows for real-time updates for time-sensitive systems and decisions.

Axway provides the solutions and expertise to help you with your digital transformation (DX) journey. You can go it alone, like my friend and his RV, and ultimately get where you are going. It is possible–but anyone who tells you DX is easy is lying. Transformation is disruptive. To overcome roadblocks and enable success, you need a partner to help you navigate and avoid the hazards on your journey. Looking to get started? Axway is there to help!

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