Benefit from your structured data sources!
Forget about custom-made web services that are expensive, rigid and complicated. Bring your valuable data sources (internal or external) into the actual CMS and achieve great benefits. Here is how we can help you to get more out of your data!
The problem with most Content Management Systems!
Very often the CMS itself becomes a barrier when utilizing structured data sources (i.e. backend system like CRM, ERP, etc.). The CMS struggles to bring these valuable data with the same structure and meaning to the web. Very often the data loses its original structure and meaning when transfer to HTML and web. The lack of structure on the web is one of the main factors why integrations are difficult. The reason is that the CMS simply can’t handle structured data. Why? Because the CMS is page oriented. Structured data doesn’t come as pages, but as sets of data from a database or as Linked Open Data (i.e. DBPedia). How have web development traditionally solved this challenge?
Traditionally the above mentioned challenge has been solved with building customized functionality outside the CMS, as illustrated to the right. This works, but it's not really a good way of doing it! Why? Customization is very often expensive and rigid, and it has to be maintained over time in order to work. It is also difficult to really reuse your data with HTML, PDF or MS Word. Why not share data via HTTP protocol and give your end-users restricted access to your structured content, - the data itself in various reusable formats as XML, Json, Atom or even RDF?
How Webnodes provides a solution to this challenge?
Webnodes Semantic CMS let you bring your structured data into the data model of the CMS. We have built our CMS on top of a customized ORM system that creates ontologies for your specific business domain. Then it’s much easier to integrate with other sources of data, as we can mirror that same structure for your ontology or data model. We don’t build customized web services, but utilizes built-in data endpoints in the CMS. Webnodes lets you open up your data and interact with your customers, your own organization and your suppliers in a new and much more efficient way.
Data endpoints make it easier to share and expose your content and data in multiple formats with your end users or online customers. You will still render HTML to various browsers and devices as before, but you can do so much more with your data. One example of a unique benefit with OData endpoint is the support in MS Excel (Power Pivot). You can connect your website to MS Excel through the endpoint (URL), and download your structured data that you have access to, into Excel. Data available in Excel can then easily be used to create advanced charts without technical skills. I.e. data from your customers, plotted with selected products, as shown below. These charts are then dynamic and real-time. Your integrations are no longer rigid, but highly dynamic and flexible. One change in one of your data sources will immediately be reflected where that data is exposed or shared with others.