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The Datamation universal Information Platform (uIP)  
Brings to software solutions what the assembly line brought to manufacturing of hardware products.

Delivering business solutions the Datamation uIP way

The figure below shows how a Datamation uIP installation can be tailored for individual customers' current, as well as evolving needs. Meaning change is effected without having to go through major overhauls every time new technology comes along. What is more, our modular approach makes the Datamation uIP scaleable to support the smallest SME through to the largest multi-national corporation, simply by adding new application modules, data modules or multiple uIPs.

Delivering value with the Datamation uIP

Creating a tailored solution:

  • The Datamation universal Information Platform (uIP): Provides general purpose functions such as search, navigation, import (including validation and cleansing) and export. In addition, it provides control functions that ensure that the data in its database is always readily usable and fit for the purpose without any overhead to translate the data.

  • Packaged Modules: Add functionality that "specialise" the Datamation uIP for specific application areas or industry sectors. These modules are delivered by Datamation and / or its development partners

  • Bespoke modules: Tailor the Datamation uIP solution to the exact needs of individual customers.

The Datamation uIP seamlessly fits within installed infrastructure:

  • Import: Facilitates input of data from external databases or datasets. Imported data is placed in a "quarantines" area of the Datamation uIP database. If necessary, validated and cleansed before being approved to include in the database. This ensures the Datamation uIP database integrity at all times.

  • Interface Modules: These are packaged and / or bespoke modules that synchronise the uIP with external functions. Furthermore, the modularity of the Datamation uIP database makes building of such interfaces significantly simpler than traditional methods.

Help rationalise installed infrastructure and continue to meet evolving needs:

A Datamation uIP represents the ideal platform for rationalising existing installations as well as evolving the solution as business needs dictate. That is, over time getting rid of "dead wood" as well as adding new functionality. All this is done progressively with minimum disruption to day-to-day operations.

  • Migrated Modules: Our experience has shown that the business functions, of any old system represents only a small fraction of the overall functionality of that system. The rest being general purpose functions such as data management, search, navigation, reporting. With the Datamation uIP providing such functions, replacing the business functions of the old system can be with a fraction of the effort that went into the development of the old system. Furthermore, any migrated module removes one disjointed system.

  • Create a holistic view of data held in disjoined systems (not shown in the figure): Migrating old systems is particularly effective with small bespoke applications. Larger systems demand another strategy to reduce impact on day-to-day operations as they may affect a large user base. Here we first create a "master" view of data from related systems, e.g. multiple stock systems. This is not replicating all the data in these systems (as-is view), but only the part from each that is relevant to creating the to-be master view, see Managing Complexity application scenario.

  • Add new functionality (not shown in the figure): When new functionality is needed to a uIP-Powered solution, it is effected by adding a new packaged and/or bespoke module rather that customisation of the uIP-Powered solution.

  • Retire old functionality (not shown in the figure): When certain functionality reaches its "sell-by date" the related module is simply retired. However, the data created by that module lives on and is seamlessly usable by whatever module replaces it.

Expand and scale up the solution:

  • Connecting to other uIPs: Provides the ability to configure and scale up a Datamation uIP to meet virtually any business requirement. For instance, starting as a pilot in local area and rationalise the applications in that area. Then repeat the process in other areas, each around a separate uIP environment. Then connect the different uIP environments. This approach provide local autonomy to the data, while still conforming to corporate structure and governance.

  

 

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