Digital Transformation, Technology • September 12, 2023

The Composable Partner Ecosystem: A New Era of Resource Collaboration

Manufacturing is evolving rapidly, driven by technological advancements and changing market demands. A smooth and effective transition to digital transformation isn’t just a goal—it’s now a necessity for manufacturers in order to remain competitive.

However, this transition comes with many challenges. As companies move to paperless manufacturing and onward to smart factories and a Model-based Enterprise, a host of issues arise: integration of multiple enterprise systems, cybersecurity, cloud applications, effective data management, the necessity for constant upskilling, and many more. In most cases, it’s simply not possible for a single vendor to offer a comprehensive solution that addresses all of these issues, especially over time as technology continues to evolve.

What’s needed is a new level of collaboration in the industry, so that the complex pieces of the puzzle fit together smoothly and easily for every manufacturer. That is exactly what iBase-t is developing now, as we bring the same innovation and agility to our partner programs as we bring to our products.

Enter the “Composable Partner Ecosystem”

Partnerships are nothing new, of course. Our goal is to go beyond traditional partnerships by creating a true ecosystem of companies that are able to work closely together to meet the specific needs of each customer and project. We call this the Composable Partner Ecosystem because it enables us to create a virtual organization for each customer, drawing on the vast resource lake of iBase-t and our many world-class partners.

I want to emphasize that these are not just future plans. The Composable Partner Ecosystem is already taking shape today and currently includes a network of the most applicable iBase-t partners. These range from the innovative disruptors to the largest and most established firms, and from every category of provider such as consultants, cloud service providers, systems integrators, and other software vendors.

By bringing together all of these companies and institutions in one dynamic ecosystem, our customers and partners alike can tap into a host of new benefits and capabilities.

What it means for customers

First and foremost, if you’re a customer, the Composable Partner Ecosystem means access to a pool of experienced, qualified resources aligned with your goals, objectives, and timelines in order to deploy and scale digital transformation on a global basis. This benefit becomes increasingly important as you move along the digital transformation journey and the challenges grow more complex. Instead of just a pool of resources, you have a vast resource lake of expertise and technology to help with every stage of the journey.

The Composable Partner Ecosystem also supports smooth and seamless geographic growth, because our partner program is global. Whether you open a new plant in the next state or on the other side of the world, our goal is to provide the same experience and results, using local resources where appropriate while maintaining the continuity of knowledge and management that are essential for success.

Perhaps most importantly, you need to have confidence that your technology solutions today will help you move forward into a future that is certain to continue changing. This will require a diverse set of technologies and capabilities working in close collaboration—exactly what the Composable Partner Ecosystem is designed to provide.

What it means for our partners

If you’re a partner in our ecosystem, you benefit in many ways. iBase-t’s Composable Partner Ecosystem is a collaborative platform, opening doors for partners to co-create solutions, leverage mutual expertise, and drive innovation.

For example, you gain access to broader and deeper resources that you can use to scale up the scope of projects you can confidently undertake. Your sales efforts can be more effective too, since you can draw on all the resources of the ecosystem. And not least, you can form collaborations with a growing circle of other partners to uncover new opportunities and penetrate new regions or industries.

Importantly, as a partner, you also gain a technical advantage through our in-depth training and certification programs which enable you to become an expert on the Solumina Manufacturing Operations Platform. Furthermore, continuous training initiatives from iBase-t ensure that you aren’t just equipped for today but are perpetually aligned with evolving industry demands, guaranteeing you remain at the cutting-edge of knowledge.

Shaping the future through collaboration

iBase-t’s Composable Partner Ecosystem is still in its early stages, but the foundation is set and our vision is clear. Even today, digital technology in manufacturing is increasingly reliant on collaborations that cut across many different technologies and areas of expertise. It’s a trend that is only going to grow over the next few years.

The goal of the Composable Partner Ecosystem is simple: to make collaboration across complex technologies and services as smooth and seamless as possible, for both partners and customers alike.

If you’d like to learn more about our Composable Partner Ecosystem, as a customer or as a partner, please contact us at [email protected]. We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Daniel Flick
About the Author

Daniel Flick

With more than 40 years in the industry, Daniel’s experience spans Industrial Software, Complex Manufacturing Systems, Consulting & System Integration with direct & indirect large-account sales and worldwide channels. A seasoned market maker, Daniel has sold complex solutions, built sales forces and managed global alliances and programs for companies including Siemens, GE, Teradyne, Schlumberger, and Atos.
As VP of Global Partner Ecosystems, Daniel leads the iBase-t alliance activity with Resellers, Consulting & System Integrators, Technology and Academic Partners. Daniel has a passion for partnering and is adept at building emerging technology go-to-market partnership programs across discrete and process industries. He received his BS degree in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University.