Friday 7 February 2020
Inside Learning Technologies e-Magazine Page 25
The benefits of an integrated platform ecosystem In this article, we’ll take a look at why integrating the platforms in your organisation can be so powerful. Across the software industry, open source continues to be a disruptive, unstoppable force. The dynamism and innovation network effect of open source is thriving, making it difficult for proprietary vendors to compete. Many organisations struggle to manage ecosystems comprising multiple disparate systems for learning, HR, performance management, internal communications, sales and many more.
Different teams are likely to be responsible for each different system, meaning that useful knowledge and information gets trapped in silos. Communicating this information effectively can be challenging, so bringing teams together with technology is a natural way to get everyone talking and support the exchange of knowledge. Integration saves time An integrated platform ecosystem not only ensures that everyone has access to all the information they may need from across the organisation, but also helps to produce a learning space greater than the sum of its parts. Any learning professional (or, indeed, HR professional) will tell you how much they hate manually managing data. Whether they’re juggling paper-based forms, diligently copying and pasting into Excel spreadsheets or inputting information one record at a time, it’s an incredibly slow process. Now imagine multiplying that by the multiple systems your organisation uses - this is a lot of time wasted. Integrated platform ecosystems ensure that each system ‘speaks’ to the others, allowing for easier transfer of data, increased consistency and instant access to up-to-date information across the board.