The Benefits of Interoperable Frameworks

September 1, 2021

When it comes to successful operations, decisions can only move as fast as the data supporting them – meaning waiting on reports puts companies at a clear disadvantage. Historically, companies have relied on disparate software solutions to feed their reporting. While these siloed applications can sometimes be integrated through aggregation after the fact, different point solutions often make the final system harder to manage and understand. Interoperability is the preferred way to deal with large databases that must serve multiple departments, sites, or divisions.

  • Interoperability is a newer concept and refers to the interconnected nature of work processes and how change in one affects risks in other ways. This is crucial, as the interrelationship of one risk to another is key to contextually prioritizing risks from an Operational Risk Management (ORM) perspective. An interoperable platform built with ORM in mind assembles all the risk contributors into a complete risk registry so that risk can be viewed through one lens that aligns with the organization’s risk tolerance and business objectives, no matter the department or role looking at risk. Interoperable systems don’t require after-the-fact integration, because they are all working from the same data sets and using the same set of parameters from the ground up – creating a single source of truth.

  • Aggregation focuses on assembling disparate work processes after-the-fact to create an over-the-top information view from a reporting perspective to simplify metrics; but this process assumes data sources are easy to pull from to integrate. Aggregation requires utilizing visualization tools to use the information from various data sources to create a presentation layer via dashboards, portals, and KPIs.

Most traditional data solutions rely on aggregation alone, which comes with several shortcomings. The most significant of these shortcomings is that aggregation doesn’t lead to a single, relevant source of data that companies can use to reduce and eliminate redundant processes. Aggregation also often leaves the final system harder to manage moving forward.

In contrast, companies seeking true Operational Excellence must leverage opportunities for interoperability – because aggregation doesn’t lead to transformation. While aggregation gathers data from the system, interoperability is what builds and utilizes a master data set to generate key insights – enabling your personnel to reach data-driven decisions faster. In short, aggregation means more data and interoperability means better data, leading to more operational insight.

Transformation is driven by more insight, not by more data.

To simplify the process and accelerate the implementation, organizations can leverage an interoperable framework solution through the Operational Sustainability® (OS) OESuite® software platform.

The goal of implementing any kind of software platform, for most companies, is to maximize efficiency and profitability. Our eight unique framework solutions, from Process Safety to Mechanical Integrity, are built from a library of more than 40 interoperable OESuite® modules and features to provide a single source of truth across your organization. This kind of approach simplifies training and eliminates the need for after-the-fact point solution aggregation.

In complex systems, every moving part affects something else. The only way to holistically see, understand, and address the cumulative effect of those interactions in near real-time is through a framework of interoperable modules with mobile capabilities. All OESuite® Framework solutions are built to utilize an interoperable data set and work together to build a complete picture of your operations – which will help your organization achieve new aspects of Operational Excellence.

To learn more about the OS approach to interoperable frameworks, visit our OESuite® Software page.