Do you want to learn how Composable Architecture can provide super powers to your digital assets?
Then enjoy this article introducing the newest innovation coming from Smint.io.
The term Composable Architecture is used very often these days. But what does this term actually mean, and why has the concept of Composable Architecture become so important?
To understand this, you have to know that many software systems today are still designed to be very self-contained. Such software products are called monoliths. Monoliths prevent rapid innovation and fast iteration in an organization because they are cumbersome and every change and extension to the monolith requires a lot of effort.
Composable Architecture, on the other hand, is a very modern approach to designing and building software systems that emphasizes agility, flexibility, and scalability. At its core, Composable Architecture is centered around the idea of breaking down large, monolithic platforms into agile, specialized tools. These tools are modular technology systems, each with specific expertise and purpose.
To put it simply, Composable Architecture is like building with LEGO bricks for software. Organizations can now pick and choose top-notch technologies, while maintaining a very flexible system landscape. Clearly, that is the way to go forward for successful businesses.
Smint.io now transferred the beneficial concepts of Composable Architecture to your digital assets, introducing its newest innovation: the Composable Asset. Let’s find out about that in this blog post.
Smint.io Portals: born composable
In general, Smint.io Portals as a platform follows the principles of composable system design to the extreme.
Its flexible and open connectivity layer effortlessly brings together information from all those different tools in your organization, into a unified, beautiful digital content experience for your users.
This means, that digital assets from, e.g., your Digital Asset Management system (DAM) or your Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution can be seamlessly leveraged and presented to your users, enhanced by informational context, personalized to the needs of your users, and branded nicely and consistenly.
Our new Composable Asset now not only enables you to bring your systems together, but it takes the concepts of composition to an unprecedented new level.
Elevating the game: the Composable Asset
In short, using Composable Assets is like building with LEGO bricks for digital assets.
In Smint.io Portals, you can now bring together metadata and individual digital assets from your different systems into a new “virtual asset”, which we call a Composable Asset.
Sounds rather confusing, doesn’t it? Let’s dive right into real-world examples and you will quickly understand what I am talking about.
Real-world example: the Press Release
I am sure it is easy for you to imagine a press release.
Typically, a press release consists of several key elements:
- Header image
- Date and location
- Additional inline images
- Downloads (videos, images, PDFs, …)
- Contact data
- … (you can imagine 😊)
In Smint.io Portals, a press release is now a Composable Asset, with the different parts coming from the different systems you have in your company:
- The top level object containing metadata like title, location, text, etc.
- References to digital assets coming from your DAM and/or ECM, e.g. providing the header image and the downloads
The complete press release, including all references, can now be handled in Smint.io Portals as if it were a single asset.
Your users can download, collect, share, comment and rate your press release easily. Moreover, the press release can be displayed and illustrated nicely on a specialized press release detail page.
So: say good-bye to content duplication and copying things around. Press releases in Smint.io Portals are composable, and you are no longer constrained by the boundaries of any content silo.
Real world example: the Product
When it comes to a product, it also consists of different parts, with data and digital assets coming from a Product Information Management (PIM) system, and additional marketing assets coming from a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system.
These data and assets typically find their way into e-commerce systems, serving their primary function. The consumer touchpoints are meticulously managed in this process.
However, our customers often require to present product information to retailers, office colleagues, or other business audiences. They usually want to provide the product information to those audiences on a so-called Product Detail Page (PDP).
Because the involved systems are isolated, it presents a challenge for many organizations to easily and consistently provide the product information to e.g. their dealers.
You guessed it: that’s where our Composable Asset chimes in. A product can be easily represented by a Composable Asset, combining the information coming from different integrated systems together.
The complete product data set, including all references, can now be handled in Smint.io Portals as if it were a single asset.
Your users can download, collect and share products easily. Moreover, each product can be displayed and illustrated nicely on a specialized Product Detail Page, which can even display additional assets related to your Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) easily.
Composable Architecture has revolutionized the way we design and build software systems. With Smint.io Portals, you can take this concept to the next level, creating Composable Assets that leverage different content sources like DAM, PIM and ECM, AND are flexible, efficient, and scalable at the same time. It’s a powerful approach that’s well-suited to the demands of modern organizations.
The solution to your next requirement may lie in creating a Composable Asset.
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