Building event-driven applications to harness enterprise data

By Karin Kelley

As enterprises become increasingly mobile, they are generating a greater amount of corporate data. In new, cloud-based environments, this information comes from four main areas: employees, customers, service provider partners and the IT infrastructure. In order to work through this massive amount of cloud data, enterprises are developing mobile, event-driven applications and IT architectures. These new dynamic applications are not standalone; instead, they function as components of a larger IT ecosystem.

By recording and storing interactions between the various constituents of the business and their devices as events, enterprises can identify complex patterns of behavior and intent. This information allows brands to optimize critical business applications in accordance with changing processes and requirements. At the very least, a data-driven approach must consist of five basic pieces: automation (which involves elements such as messaging and mobile device management), event and stream processing, data analytics, social collaboration and the cloud.

The benefits of event-driven applications and IT

By using event-driven or rules-based applications and IT infrastructures, enterprises can analyze the data being produced and make the necessary correlations to improve performance and manage threats. Furthermore, they can use this information to model and deploy automatic responses to events (both good and bad), allowing them to make the organization more efficient overall.

Here are six benefits that enterprises will acquire through integrating event-driven programming into their applications:

  • Automate business processes and workflows
    Event-driven applications help to increase the responsiveness of business processes, threats and opportunities. If you add event handling into the mix, you can analyze and respond to events automatically, allowing you to decrease the amount of time needed to execute critical business workflows.
  • Make applications more interactive
    By recording how users are actually engaging with their applications through actions such as keystrokes and mouse clicks, enterprise developers can easily determine how to make their applications more usable and responsive.
  • Increase flexibility
    Event-driven programming gives developers the tools they need to review, analyze and adapt to user behavior quickly and easily. In addition, they can automate their application changes with pre-defined event handlers that can trigger certain functions as the user navigates through the application interface.
  • Integrate data between interdependent systems
    Enterprise IT environments that run on large, distributed infrastructures can leverage the captured data inherent in an event-drive architecture in many ways. By doing so, they can enable seamless integration between interdependent systems.
  • Create context and collaboration
    An event-driven architecture enables enterprises to query the large amounts of data generated in order to create a user experience that is based on context. In other words, they can leverage data that’s based on the user’s login location, his or her desired action and the devices on which he or she accesses the applications and data. Event-driven applications also make it easier for multiple teams to work together in an efficient manner, as they enable the seamless exchange of data in real time.
  • Ensure compliance
    With recorded events and a rules-based approach to application development, enterprises can keep track of application changes, make necessary rollbacks when compliance is compromised and understand why those changes were applied in order to pass inevitable audits.

Overall, the key to unlocking the power that big data offers starts with applications and the IT infrastructure that supports them. Without event-driven applications and a rules-based approach to programming and architecting the underlying infrastructure, this data would be essentially useless. In this new dynamic and distributed world, enterprises cannot afford to stick to the static IT approaches of the past.

Written By

Karin Kelley

Independent Analyst & Writer

Karin is an independent industry analyst and writer, with over 10 years experience in information technology. She focuses on cloud infrastructure, hosted applications and services, end user computing and related systems management software and services. She spent nearly eight years…

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