Livestax officially launched their Digital Services Platform at Web Summit 2015 in Dublin

The speed of change is accelerating in enterprise and the public sector, leading to a need to separate systems of record, such as ERP and large scale applications, from web and mobile applications, or the systems of engagement, that are demanded by users.

IT departments are under increasing pressure to deliver on these changing requirements and are resorting to external digital services – shadow IT – to deliver the innovation and responsiveness they need internally, and users are expecting.

How can enterprise and the Public Sector deliver efficiently if the software we make people use does not reflect the way they expect to interact with technology,? As the speed of change accelerates inside enterprises and the public sector, the demand on IT departments has led to the need to separate ERP / large scale applications (systems of record) from the web / mobile applications (systems of engagement) demanded by users.

The rise of shadow IT is testament to this trend as teams within organisations resort to external digital services to enable them to be innovative and proactive.

Livestax is a solution to this problem. The Livestax Digital Services Platform allows organisations to rapidly create web apps and allow departments and individuals to do the same, using any web technologies they choose.

Each organisation has an AppStore where users choose and use apps to create their own experiences and views.

For the enterprise and the Public Sector, IT is secure, it’s under their control, and it’s scalable. And for the user, it brings the familiarity of the web to their professional technology use.

Reducing IT Costs

Securely opening up digital services to users through Livestax can reduce IT costs for enterprises in a number of significant ways:

  • Licensing – By running systems of record ‘headless’ using APIs to surface data into a digital service, organisations can make significant savings on user licenses.
  • Open technology – Building digital services out of non-proprietary, open source technology is significantly quicker and more cost-effective than developing in proprietary languages on vendor platforms.
  • Separation of concerns – Simple web apps keep digital services extremely simple and modular, which means no code duplication, complicated architectures to maintain, expensive and risky hard integration or long project cycles.
  • No training needed – Livestax is designed to support agile working and thinking which means apps go live quickly and can be user-tested and improved in super-fast cycles. Working the web way means giving people data in ways they are familiar with. And that means hefty training fees and time away from work on training courses can be a thing of the past.

Why Hard Integrate, When You Can Loosely Couple?

Livestax’s unique Communications Layer technology allows web apps to talk to each other inside Livestax. This means that data integration can be done ‘on the glass’ – inside the browser, enabling a separation of each apps concerns, keeping apps simple and fast to build. Livestax makes re-using technology extremely easy.

The AppStore can be used to share Apps inside the business (or with trusted users outside the business) so they can be re-used with different Apps to create different experiences without needing to recode.

By creating user experiences this way it removes the need for expensive, hard integration at the system level. With Livestax, enterprises can help their users work the web way without compromising innovation or security.

At the same time, IT can use their existing security systems to maintain central control of data but without stifling creativity and innovation at the edges of the business.

Securing The Digital Eco-Sphere

Livestax enables organisations to securely blend their own systems and data seamlessly with third party cloud applications / external data sources in simple friendly experiences for their users, without compromising or modifying existing data security or user authentication processes.

For organisations looking to provide a level of abstraction between the underlying APIs and the digital services they provide with apps, Livestax adds an additional layer of security and flexibility.

By having a rules-based service that validates each URL that is passed from an app to an API, IT departments can hide system URLs, switch services and provide service intercepts all without touching the live app environments. Seamless, secure and providing unique flexibility for organisations to react in realtime.