A company’s digital development and data utilisation quickly hit a brick wall if information does not move between systems in the desired manner. Integrations are one of the cornerstones by which both cost-effectiveness and general project efficiency can be improved, as long as they are implemented in a sensible manner.
Kokkolan Energia was using several systems that employed point-to-point integrations. This meant that the company was lacking an overview of the state of its integrations. Information still had to be manually transferred between some systems.
“This was because we had no clear understanding of how information flows, how it is utilised, and whether it could be utilised in other ways as well. We had not been engaging in comprehensive development,” says Petri Syrjänen, Development Manager, Outsourced ICT at Kokkolan Energia.
“These kinds of point-to-point integrations result in a “spaghetti architecture” whose maintenance and development becomes very difficult and expensive. When you create locks between systems, it becomes difficult to replace them when necessary.”
Kokkolan Energia also had some data-centric projects coming up in the near future, which made sorting out the integration platform a priority.
“Renewing our integration solution is a basic building block in moving towards more modern system architecture, in which data moves in a controlled and monitored manner, and integrations can be built much more agilely and cost-effectively. It also enables us develop businesses and processes much more quickly,” says Syrjänen.
The renewal also sought to improve operational reliability.
“Integration management and troubleshooting was laborious and time-consuming, so we wanted to get them covered by advanced monitoring.”