Abstraction Layer

Why Does a Large Enterprise Need an Abstraction Layer to Become an “Intelligent Enterprise?”

Abstraction Layer 101

There is a much-quoted expression about the rise of China that

“China creates many jobs but no Steve Jobs”

Sadly, the ability to blend great business acumen with deep technological understanding and vision is a gift few people have. This is particularly true in large enterprises, where technological understanding needs to span across many disparate systems.

The “intelligent enterprise” is one with a clear vision which can be effectively executed by the seamless interaction of people, process and technology. (see Mckinsey Report)

In the digital age this means reinvention: a move away from an enterprise where people either understand the business or the technology, to a cohesive integrated team that truly understand both the what and the how.

A blended abstraction layer is the key to this reinvention.

The blended abstraction layer provides a single view of all the enterprise’s digital functions grouped with the business capabilities.

An enterprise’s digital functions grouped with the business capabilities

With a modern abstraction layer, each component is treated like a building block. Simply find, combine and deploy to build an “API Product” that provides the backend access to your existing applications. This product is used to enable the process and data requirements of any digital Application.

It sounds simple, but behind each component is a detailed design that contains all the metadata needed to describe it. Then, when it is applied to one or more output templates, real code is generated and automatically fed into your source repositories. As templates focus on translating the abstracted design into a specific technology, any component can be made available with any number of technologies, rather than being limited to only one.

So, with a properly designed and managed abstraction layer that enables everyone to understand and use components, your enterprise has the key to reinvention into an intelligent enterprise.

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Want to learn how to build this abstraction layer of digitalized business functions? Find out here.

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Jeremy Sindall

Jeremy is Founder and CEO of digitalML. He specializes in helping the largest enterprises use an abstraction layer of digitized business functions to gain competitive advantage over both incumbents and digital disruptors.

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