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How Amalto uses Platform 6

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Founded in 2005, Amalto Technologies provides innovative enterprise-level solutions enabling B2B integration and electronic document exchange services, automating master data and transactional data flows between clients’ internal solutions (ERP, CRM, billing software) and their trading partners (customers, suppliers, logistics providers, banks…) or cloud solutions like Salesforce and SAP Ariba…

Over the years, Amalto developed a strong relationship with flagship customers like Chevron, Iron Mountain, Clean Harbors, Suez, Thales, and many others. The typical Amalto client has revenues ranging from a couple hundred million dollars to a few billion dollars.

While the majority of clients leverage Amalto to streamline their Order to Cash process thanks to the integrated submission and reception of electronic transactions (like Purchase Orders, Advanced Shipping Notices, Invoices…), others focus on areas like Procure to Pay, system integration or logistics.

But regardless of the scope of business processes, transaction types, connected trading partners and systems, Amalto has always been applying the same approach: for each client, Platform 6 is used to develop a custom B2B application based on the client’s requirements and to run it in a private cloud mode (Amalto hosts a set of dedicated Platform 6 instances for each client).

Over the years, this approach has proven to be very flexible, secure and efficient. It also paved the way for Platform 6 to become the solution you know today:

  • A solution created by developers for application developers;
  • A solution to build apps able to support complex B2B scenarios, involving integration with external systems, data transformation, enrichment and validation, workflows and user interactions, etc.;
  • A solution with a proven stability and performance track record.

More recently, Platform 6 was also enhanced to be blockchain-compliant and blockchain agnostic, making it the perfect solution to build, package and run decentralized, enterprise-class, blockchain applications. These new features are already getting significant interest from leading Amalto clients willing to leverage innovation to keep their competitive advantage.

Platform 6 is now available for any organization to develop and market their applications, and, like Amalto did, grow a strong business with a loyal customer base and a solid stream of recurring revenue.

The Genesis of Platform 6

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It all started in 2006, when we founded Amalto Technologies, a B2B integration service provider, helping major clients automate the flow of business documents between their internal solutions (ERP, CRM, billing software) and external systems – trading partners (customers, suppliers, logistics providers, banks…) or cloud solutions (Salesforce, SAP Ariba…).

 

From a middleware to a platform

We initially developed a middleware, able to support back-end system integration and the exchange of electronic business documents. Over the years, it grew into a full platform that allowed Amalto teams to build and run high-end B2B transactional applications matching very specific and elaborate client requirements. Platform 6 was born.

Applications developed on Platform 6 support complex document processing (data validation, transformation, enrichment, orchestration), a wide range of options regarding secure connectivity and they benefit from a responsive design web interface providing end users with the ability to run reports, display dashboards, handle workflow tasks – and, obviously, search and display transactions, etc.

 

The low-code platform for decentralized transactional applications

Amalto experts always keep close tabs on innovation and early on investigated how blockchain technologies would fit in the enterprise world and B2B integration space. The team soon realized that, with a few additional features, Platform 6 would be the perfect solution for developers to build and package enterprise-class decentralized applications leveraging blockchain.

Therefore we decided to grow the scope of Platform 6 scope in a few directions:

  • Adding the ability to integrate with leading enterprise blockchain frameworks, starting with EthereumAllowing to easily package a developed application and install it on any Platform 6 instance (this was not needed before as each application developed by Amalto is specific to a particular client, therefore does not need to be distributed)
  • Creating a mechanism that supports a freemium business model while enabling organizations publishing Platform 6 applications to generate revenue from the usage of their published apps.

With these additions, Platform 6 now offers a unique solution for a startup, a systems integrator or any organization with development skills to build and package an enterprise-class decentralized application in a few days or weeks, then to install it and run it on any Platform 6 instance.

And in case you were wondering, Amalto is leveraging Platform 6 more than ever!

Platform 6 at Gartner’s Application Strategies & Solutions Summit

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Organized every year by research firm Gartner, the Application Strategies & Solutions Summit looks at the future of applications, and its two facets: legacy modernization and innovation. With almost 2,000 attendees and 60 analysts, it is the ideal venue to reflect and discuss on how blockchain will find its place in the enterprise application stack and how such technologies drive business transformation.

The 2018 edition is next week – November 27-29 in Las Vegas (at Caesars Palace). The Platform 6 team (Emmanuel and Yves, specifically) will attend the Summit, with several goals in mind:

  • Attend analyst-led sessions and absorb their vision on the future of applications and especially decentralized applications (DApps)
  • Meet with Gartner analysts to get their feedback on the first strides of Platform 6 and actionable input on where we can take the solution, how to go to market with it and ensure its success
  • Network with peers in the software industry and executives/managers in various enterprises, to gauge their expectations

There are already a number of meetings lined up… and expectations for more to happen informally.

If you are going to be there, or know that one of your colleagues is attending, let us know! Just reach out at contact@platform6.io and we’ll be happy to schedule a meeting.