System integration is a smart solution to leverage automation and streamline business processes. For most businesses, digital transformation happens gradually, as it should.
That said, if your approach to digital transformation started on a small scale and ramped up over time, the chances are you are using multiple standalone business applications. This could mean different departmental functions have dedicated systems and that these were deployed in an ad hoc manner to address pain points as they were required. While there isn’t technically anything wrong with this approach, it can get complicated. Here’s why.
Most organisations are divided into various departments. If each department uses a different platform or runs on a unique system, it can be tough for your finance department. For example, managing budgets can be extraneous, because expense data is coming from different places and will likely be in different formats. Again, this isn’t the end of the world but it does add unnecessary complexity.
There is a smarter way to root out the complexity. Tasks would be far simpler if all the systems spoke the same language, if all critical data could be found in the same place and if everything worked together.
System integration explained
When you have several standalone applications, you’re far more susceptible to human error and inefficiencies, because humans are using makeshift strategies to bridge the gaps that exist between these disparate systems and platforms. System integration brings together different programs, allowing for smooth and often automated functions. This avoids systems interfering with each other, or demanding multiple actions from users.
The major benefits of system integration include:
- Streamlined processes. Everything is in one place and people no longer have to bridge the gap between disparate systems.
- Scalability is simpler. There is less replication of information because everyone can make use of common resources and systems.
- Increased sales. You can offer your customers a better, smoother experience.
- Data access. Real-time data contributes to better insight, which improves decision making.
- Cost saving. Increased efficiency, greater productivity and better decision-making resulting from standardised and automated processes.
However, there are some disadvantages to be aware of. Having several different programs could indicate increased security. And when everything is in the same place, should a hacker or cyber criminal infiltrate your system, they’ll have access to all of your data rather than just part of it.
Additionally, there may complexity to upgrading an integrated system. This is because you aren’t transforming several different programs into one, you’re simply linking them together. In line with this, businesses still incur the cost of running various programs.
Why not find a smarter way to system integration? Nebula is here to help you find the right solution for your business. Using real-world experience and proven practical approaches, we can help you manage complex Hybrid Cloud Networks and Unified Communications environments.
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