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BEESWAX DYSON CASE STUDY

Connect Standalone Apps to Improve Data Flow

Background

Beeswax Dyson Farming is the agricultural subsidiary of Dyson Ltd. in the United Kingdom. With over $25 million in sales each year, Beeswax Dyson is a major component in the United Kingdom’s ag industry. Beeswax Dyson strives to move farming into the future while retaining its family-oriented roots.

Background

Beeswax Dyson Farming is the agricultural subsidiary of Dyson Ltd. in the United Kingdom. With over $25 million in sales each year, Beeswax Dyson is a major component in the United Kingdom’s ag industry. Beeswax Dyson strives to move farming into the future while retaining its family-oriented roots.

Challenge

As an early adopter of digital technology in agriculture, over its lifetime Beeswax Dyson has implemented several pre-Web 2.0 standalone applications to manage  various aspects of its business. While these applications have served the company well over the years, new developments have illustrated that the economic value of data multiplies when it can easily flow between digital systems. Dyson’s business was reliant upon the conflux of data from all of its standalone systems, which were solely supported by the manual copy and pasting of data from one place to another.

Despite best efforts, the manual processes created regular cascading data errors, and the company needed a way to provide an audit trail of data integrity from one end of its system to the other. Human interaction needed to be removed from processes that could be automated, both to better ensure data integrity and focus human resources where they could have the most impact.

Challenge

As an early adopter of digital technology in agriculture, over its lifetime Beeswax Dyson has implemented several pre-Web 2.0 standalone applications to manage  various aspects of its business. While these applications have served the company well over the years, new developments have illustrated that the economic value of data multiplies when it can easily flow between digital systems. Dyson’s business was reliant upon the conflux of data from all of its standalone systems, which were solely supported by the manual copy and pasting of data from one place to another.

Despite best efforts, the manual processes created regular cascading data errors, and the company needed a way to provide an audit trail of data integrity from one end of its system to the other. Human interaction needed to be removed from processes that could be automated, both to better ensure data integrity and focus human resources where they could have the most impact.

Challenge

As an early adopter of digital technology in agriculture, over its lifetime Beeswax Dyson has implemented several pre-Web 2.0 standalone applications to manage  various aspects of its business. While these applications have served the company well over the years, new developments have illustrated that the economic value of data multiplies when it can easily flow between digital systems. Dyson’s business was reliant upon the conflux of data from all of its standalone systems, which were solely supported by the manual copy and pasting of data from one place to another.

Despite best efforts, the manual processes created regular cascading data errors, and the company needed a way to provide an audit trail of data integrity from one end of its system to the other. Human interaction needed to be removed from processes that could be automated, both to better ensure data integrity and focus human resources where they could have the most impact.

Solution

The solution to these challenges was the Beeswax Dyson Data Exchange, an architectural plan for a new data flow strategy through the Dyson system. The plan was built on five key pillars:

  • Workflow Diagramming. Skyward mapped the critical points where the data interchange would have the greatest impact.
  • Data Ownership Analysis. Skyward conducted an analysis of the data flow to create a document illustrating the allowed states for individual data streams, in compliance with the GDPR.
  • API Creation and Extension. Skyward configured the Data Exchange to utilize existing APIs and import from legacy software using customized services.
  • Traffic Control. The entire process was driven by a central data flow controller that dictated what data would be moved where and at which times. 
  • Metrics and Audits. The Data Exchange allowed Dyson to track its product through from the beginning to the end of its production and distribution process.

Solution

The solution to these challenges was the Beeswax Dyson Data Exchange, an architectural plan for a new data flow strategy through the Dyson system. The plan was built on five key pillars:

  • Workflow Diagramming. Skyward mapped the critical points where the data interchange would have the greatest impact.
  • Data Ownership Analysis. Skyward conducted an analysis of the data flow to create a document illustrating the allowed states for individual data streams, in compliance with the GDPR.
  • API Creation and Extension. Skyward configured the Data Exchange to utilize existing APIs and import from legacy software using customized services.
  • Traffic Control. The entire process was driven by a central data flow controller that dictated what data would be moved where and at which times. 
  • Metrics and Audits. The Data Exchange allowed Dyson to track its product through from the beginning to the end of its production and distribution process.

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