Lingk provides consulting and development services for teams seeking to implement with a comprehensive strategy to increase employee productivity, partner and customer engagement.  Lingk has proven expertise implementing flat file automation strategies and SaaS platform API integration layers with industry data models for both organizations and technology providers.

Partnering with Lingk has enabled us to more rapidly define a CEDS-aligned Unizin Common Data Model and plan the mapping and integration of data sources.
— Steve Scott, Chief Technology Officer, Unizin

Use Cases

Platform Integration Layer

For SaaS platform providers, Lingk understands the need to accelerate providing an engaging experience for both partners and customers. Building an engaging integration layer attracts the industry ecosystem to integrate with the platform and provides a competitive moat for accelerating a recurring business model - while keeping platform implementation services costs low. For example, SaaS technology development teams can maintain their focus on developing new product capabilities, while Lingk provides the consulting to implement a modern platform API strategy and the development of the platform integration layer.

Flat File Automation

For flat file automation, Lingk understands the messy manual processes used to move data between local file stores, APIs and legacy systems. Modernizing legacy flat file processes without external support can place a heavy burden on employees, impacting productivity and morale. For example, operations teams can maintain their focus on their day jobs, while Lingk provides the consulting and implementation to automate manual flat file processes. 

Operational Data Store

For operational data stores, Lingk understands the use cases needed to support customer success, real-time dashboards and personalized communication experiences.  Building an operational data store with industry alignment provides a solid basis for cross-functional understanding of the data model, simplifies building concrete APIs, and can support alignment with any data store technology.

Data Warehouse & Data Lake

For data warehouses and data lakes, Lingk understands the need for storage that aligns to data science and big data analytics scenarios.  Building a data warehouse or data lake with industry alignment ensures that data scientists have a clear understanding of the data by using contextualized data.  For example, Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) has proven successful for analytics and reporting use cases like IPEDS government reporting and longitudinal state reporting in the education industry.


Consulting Approach


Lingk starts by documenting the business problems and processes associated with your needs.  What data entities and automations are important? What parts of the employee or customer lifecycle are critical for success?  What existing applications, internal systems and partner systems have data that need to map to your data model? What technologies will be used for storing the data (SQL, NoSQL, etc). 

Strategy and Data Model Creation

Lingk then moves on to modeling your data needs along with industry alignment and providing a recommended strategy and data model or dictionary for your review. 

Integration and Analytics Planning

Lingk dives deeper into each of the systems that need integration with your data model and the best practice techniques that will need to be employed.  A thorough evaluation of the capabilities of your data repository, APIs, dev portals and analytics technologies will be key to understanding how third-party systems can automatically push or pull data into your repository.

Recipe Library, Automation and Integration Layer Implementation

After integration and analytics planning, Lingk moves into reusable recipe library creation, automation and integration layer implementation phases using the Lingk Platform – a big data processing and automation delivery model to ensure self-service, low cost integration with third-party systems and flat files into your data repository or platform.

SaaS Teams Build with Lingk

Integration and analytics are two hot topics on any product roadmap. SaaS products built with Lingk accelerate time to market, deliver a strong ROI and are well positioned for long term success.  Lingk provides SaaS products with a reusable recipe library, flexible data connectors (industry, on-premise and cloud), a powerful in-memory Apache Spark-based data architecture that can scale for analytics and AI, and best-of-breed integration design tools (SQL Recipe Editor and Visual SQL Wizard).


Specialized consulting engagements

Do you have special flat file automation, big data processing, reporting and analytics needs, or want to build a custom solution?  Our Lingk data experts are available for specialized consulting engagements. For a free initial consultation, contact us online and talk to one of our data experts.