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The need for continuous change in order to stay ahead of the curve has made digital transformation a norm today. Enterprises are increasingly aiming to modernize their legacy systems and create an agile IT infrastructure that conforms to constantly evolving market requirements. However, organizations with limited resources find it onerous to single handedly and successfully upgrade their infrastructure without affecting any existing system or process. Hong Kong-based TORO enables such organizations to transform themselves digitally by creating a cohesive ecosystem using application programming interfaces (APIs). As a provider of integration platform as a service (iPaaS), TORO breaks down data silos in an enterprise’s legacy systems, software as a service (SaaS) applications, and business processes to create an interconnected infrastructure. Consequently, the company delivers a mechanism for organizations to incrementally install new systems as well as update the existing ones while ensuring minimum or zero impact on the remaining applications.
A revamped infrastructure helps enterprises benefit from vast amounts of data that was previously locked up in silos. “Organizations look to monetize their proprietary data and processes in order to pave the way for new business opportunities. We assist our clients to unleash data from legacy applications with well documented and easily discoverable APIs,” points David Brown, founder and CEO of TORO.
What makes TORO unique as an iPaaS provider is its ability to consume, publish, and design APIs using the industry standard OpenAPI Initiative. By connecting data silos across legacy systems and business processes using OpenAPI, organizations can upgrade their business applications, enhance existing services, and even build new microservices. Since security is paramount in these digital transformation projects, TORO enables organizations to seamlessly implement OpenAPI using OAuth security protocols.
“We target midsize enterprises that have similar integration and digital transformation requirements as large companies but are significantly underserviced by our competitors. As a result, we have developed an enterprise-class, low-code integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that is accessible to midsize companies,” adds Brown. A low-code platform leads to clean and concise code that is much easier for organizations to read, understand, manage, and interpret.
TORO caters to midsize enterprises from various industries including healthcare, education, e-commerce, finance, governments, and more; all of them face the same challenge pertaining to digital transformation— modernizing their IT infrastructure. “We currently have a project wherein we are modernizing the legacy application for an organization that performs background checks worldwide,” states Brown. TORO provides the client with an API-based framework using its integration platform that proxies the legacy system’s APIs without changing the legacy system at all. By taking this approach, TORO is providing a mechanism to gradually replace the backend services of the legacy system with modern microservices. The company first picks and isolates a system to break down the associated data silos and then wraps it around a new microservice to eventually upgrade the client’s entire infrastructure.
The effectiveness of TORO’s solution will be further increased by incorporating big data. The integration platform’s upcoming version is expected to natively support a whole suite of big data applications.