Welcomer is an open source platform for connecting silos of data. It connects existing silos without requiring any change to the silos. Each connection is independent of any other connection. For a given item of data, parties who initially share data have access control over later third party sharing. Relationships remain until any party unilaterally decides to break it. Applications establish and maintain relationships with permissions and rules of access to data elements. Using applications with the Welcomer platform, across silos, keeps access rules consistent and permits their propagation.

Typically an existing application starts to use Welcomer to improve its performance. It changes one current connection at a time to use Welcomer connections. For example, a large organisation may have an existing organisational budget application that collects data from operational systems. The application can use Welcomer to change the collection of data without affecting the functionality or operation of the systems that create the silos. Externally everything looks the same. Internally Welcomer connects and remembers the data transfers for use in other applications. The budget application evolves. It can reflect on its performance and automatically improve.

The Welcomer platform is distinguished by what it doesn’t do rather than what it does. Standards emerge rather than being defined. Functionality happens incrementally rather than in well-defined discrete steps. Importantly costs reduce with each change meaning funds for improvement come from operational budgets instead of a capital budget. Welcomer coexists with any application and is an ever-changing organic system that is separate from but integrated with other systems. It has a value derived by reducing costs. As it evolves, it adds value from new functionality made possible from the history of data transfers.

The Welcomer platform reduces the cost to transfer value. On the Internet, the transfer of value is the movement of data. Instead of moving regular money we can transfer credit, or the promise to pay. Credit has value. Money has value plus it has an interest cost and a cost of inflation. By using credit, we remove interest and inflation costs. Eliminating them reduces the cost of all transfers of value. The savings are large depending on the length of time the credit is in place.

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