Interoperability:

Challenges and Solutions

Perhaps no one has more on their plate than CIOs and technology teams responsible for the complex integration of all the software solutions that have been updated, upgraded, migrated, and replaced over many years.

Few have the resources or capacity to manage this digital transformation without highly-skilled support. Skyward Apps’ principals, project managers, and lead software engineers have been involved in creating interoperable applications and managing massive data integrations since we opened our doors.

Interoperability is not just a technical challenge but a business challenge

Companies have invested a great deal of effort finding processes that work for them. Our goal is to interlink these processes without having to change them; adapt the software to the business, not the other way around.

We develop web-based applications that connect functional silos to reduce departmentalized thinking and create an end-to-end value chain. See how our clients have created interoperable solutions to overcome problems

Interoperability testing: isolate the problem fast

The more that technologies need to interact, the more critical it is to test for bugs early and often. Interoperability testing can ensure software between systems can connect seamlessly, with no loss of data or functionality.

The earlier a problem is identified, the easier it is to fix and the faster developers and project managers can get through a version. In our experience, organizations can reduce the time to diagnose and resolve a problem by 10 to 60% if it is identified by advance testing.

This is why interoperability testing is necessary

In testing for interoperability, we check and validate that APIs interact as expected and that data does not get modified as it is routed from one application to the next. For example, different software may restrict what you can use as a username. If one system flags certain words, but another allows them, it can be a nightmare to determine why your highly valued user isn’t able to access your website, pay their bills or buy your top-shelf product.

If you do business with organizations outside the U.S., something as simple as differences in number formats and conventions can create havoc with your application. In Europe, numbers are written with decimals whereas numbers in the U.S. are written with commas (1.000.000 vs 1,000,000). Without early testing, you could end up with some lengthy delays as you retrace your steps to search for the root cause of the problem.

Experience matters

Interoperability testing is a skillset best acquired through experience. We find problems other developers miss. Skyward’s team has more than 100 years of experience developing and testing the custom software necessary to connect APIs and the APIs that connect applications between companies, partners, and vendors.

You have a talented team but never enough resources.

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