How Flexibility Helps Organizations in Battling Disrtuptions
August 3, 2022
All sizes of businesses rely on a variety of tools to help them manage the difficulties they encounter today. And, perhaps, seize the possibilities that may arise tomorrow. Organizations constantly adopt new technology and concepts in order to successfully achieve these goals. However, because it saves resources and reduces time to market, it is always preferable to innovate without completely changing the way a system works.
An extensible software solution enables businesses to adapt to shifting market conditions during unpredictable economic times. This is better than having legacy systems and then merely crossing their fingers, hoping for the best.
When an information system is highly adaptable, developers may make changes to it without impacting the system’s basic operation. This is done to help their businesses remain competitive. It is considerably simpler for developers to add new features and functionalities to their existing software platforms thanks to extensibility features. Additionally, flexible products—even new ones—are built from the ground up to interface with third-party applications.
Benefits of Flexibility
By utilizing flexibility, organizations have additional resources to use with current software and tools to handle changing business concerns. The technical staff makes the whole company more ready to capitalize on the quickly changing market trends by taking this into account when they develop their systems and architecture.
For instance, KloudPLM’s ability to be extended is one of its key features. The platform integrates all the features of the Sales force’s contemporary cloud because it was developed using the multi-tenant software architecture of Salesforce:
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Customization vs. Extensibility
Although extensibility and customization are not the same things, extensions may be utilized to successfully completely alter a business program. Developers may add new features and utilize the platform’s built-in capabilities in new and varied ways thanks to extensibility. Furthermore, it enables them to do so without altering or modifying the platform’s core structure.
The inability to completely personalize no-code or low-code software aimed at citizen developers is one of its main drawbacks. Developers may completely alter user interfaces when they can use the UI extension points of a platform to collaborate with their preferred front-end design tools.
In light of the fact that all forms of organizations may benefit from extensible design techniques, extensibility is the mechanism that enables developers to step in and add their own magic. For instance, some providers of digital process automation platforms let developers modify the software to accommodate certain corporate needs. Only the functionalities that the majority of businesses require the majority of the time may be natively provided by an e-commerce or digital process automatization platform.
So, let me give you a brief, that how extensible software benefits you:
Customizable Data Models
Extensible platforms use highly configurable “objects” called data models. These use a range of data types to establish business workflows and share information. Each of these comes with several out-of-the-box functionalities. These include user interface (UI), reports and dashboards, search, list views, application program interfaces (APIs), and many more.
For example, In KloudPLM Object Manager enables you to create, view, edit, and delete custom objects, manage fields, manage object relationships, and perform other related tasks. All of these capabilities can be manipulated to apply to any team’s needs across your whole product lifecycle. From conception, R&D, and supplier management to finance commercialization and sales. Different modules can introduce new functionalities to connect these teams together and share crucial information that’s typically kept separate.
Workflow Adaptability & Maintainability
Effective user interface (UI) needs to be intuitive, performant, productive, and mobile to ensure the success of an application within organizations. When business processes are performed manually, users often have to navigate multiple use cases within the application. So any old mundane task can take up time and resources.
Even minor disruption to these cumbersome workflows could lead to one of many potential errors, making it difficult to maintain projected timelines. With an extensible software system, these same processes can happen in seconds. When it comes to optimizing these tasks, Flow is the preferred tool when designing processes that require user interactions and input.
Additionally, flow builder supports the creation of forms and includes several out-of-the-box screen components, like text boxes, radio buttons, and file uploads. This custom UI can be integrated directly into the KloudPLM user experience. In addition, the UI flow may also be configured to invoke a process that was built using the Process Builder or an external web service.
Maximizing IT Resources
When working with an on-premise solution or a mixed bag of rigid, disconnected systems, organizations feel the brunt of the consequences. As enterprise users relay interface requests such as new reporting functions or editing capabilities. IT Teams are flooded with tasks to stand up to every new configurability. And the only way to do so is by writing brand new code or adding clunky plug-ins to existing systems.
Extensibility—as the term suggests—extends the platform development power to the end user. For instance, when using the Propel platform, they’ll have the advantage of the Salesforce Lightning App Builder, a drag and drop, point-and-click development tool that makes it simple to build custom user interfaces. Moreover, these user interfaces can be designed to be role-based, customized for specific teams and even specific individual users.
An extensible platform, like KloudPLM, therefore, leaves the IT team out of it, freeing them up to innovate processes or bulk up security as needed—a crucial defense given the recent rise in corporate cyber attacks.
Any competitive edge might be the key to keeping ahead in this era of ongoing change. The capacity of extensibility to interact with other company software systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, computer-aided design (CAD) software, and several others, is a vital time-saving feature.
The KloudPLM platform is built on standards and is extendable. More precisely, our integration platform supports integration technologies as well as industry-standard REST and SOAP-based APIs. Schedule a demo today to provide the best flexible PLM for your organization.