“With this approach the customer does not need to operate the platform itself - we handle all the business-critical software operations and maintenance.”
Cybernetica’s interoperability solution Unified eXchange Platform (UXP) is already used in a variety of different locations across the world, from Japan to Ukraine, from Namibia to Tunisia and Greenland, and many others. The traditional approach to UXP is well suited to countries and large organisations that have the resources, technological maturity and will to implement the platform on-site and invest in its maintenance.
In recent months, we have been rolling out a new interoperability as a service approach to complement our interoperability product portfolio. It’s called Managed UXP and - as the name promises - the whole process from implementation to maintenance will be wholly managed by Cybernetica. Some of our partners have already either given it a test or are in the process of starting to use it.
Who can benefit from interoperability as a service?
Think of it like Spotify or any other favourite streaming service - you get to enjoy the music, but somebody else is responsible for maintaining the whole record collection. Plus, you pay a reasonable monthly fee for the service, instead of paying a bigger lump sum to get permanent access to the whole Spotify infrastructure and servers.
The same goes for interoperability, too. If you’re a public sector institution, a business or any type of entity about to kick-start their digital transformation journey, but lacks resources - for example, you may have limited technical staff - then it makes sense to employ the interoperability as a service approach. This way you get the service with its full spectrum of benefits, but none of the implementation and maintenance responsibility.
The technical side of things
According to Maksim Ovtšinnikov, Head of Data Exchange Technologies, Managed UXP reduces complexity and risks, while increasing productivity and resilience. “With this approach the customer does not need to operate the platform itself - we handle all the business-critical software operations and maintenance,” explains Ovtšinnikov.
One big difference between our regular UXP and the Managed UXP is that it’s a cloud-based service. If your processes or business is not restricted by strict no cloud-policies, this would be the best way to implement interoperability. However, the Managed UXP contains all the features of the traditional UXP, such as consent management and data access tracking for the end user or legally binding evidence of data exchange. Additionally, interoperability as a service can also be used as part of a hybrid solution, where some organisations in the data exchange ecosystem use the Managed UXP and others don’t.
Of course, as with any Cybernetica product, we also provide any and all advisory, stakeholder training, and whatever guidance the customer needs before committing to the product.
Option to trial the service
Perhaps the biggest benefit with the Managed UXP is the possibility to trial it before use. Data exchange solutions that facilitate interoperability are a crucial part of digital transformation on any scale, however, they can be relatively complex. The possibility to actually test-drive such a big component of any digitalisation process is totally novel and likely the first of its kind.
After the first announcement of this exciting product development at the UXP Webinar in December, our team has been running a number of trials and proof-of-concepts around the world. Now, we’re ready to take the next step and start rolling out the Managed UXP to more customers. If you’re looking to either begin transforming institutional data exchange processes or are already on the journey, reach out to our team who’ll be happy to either set up a Managed UXP trial or provide further advice on how to best proceed.
If you're interested to learn more, reach out to our Digital Transformation Adviser Adhele Tuulas at firstname.lastname@example.org