As your business continues to grow, your IT department is forced to grapple with a number of technologies that have been added over the years, often creating technology and data silos. Suddenly legacy infrastructure is unable to communicate with newly installed technologies causing productivity and collaboration to come to a screeching halt. This happens all too often because companies don’t plan in advance for how to successfully implement new technology.
If you consult with the head of your IT department, chances are you’ll learn that he or she feels there are a number of systems that all work well on their own, but don’t communicate with each other when used in totality. Here’s a closer look at how system integration can better your business:
- Preparedness: Business systems today are built with the overall goal of being implemented into existing technologies. A basic example of this is how cloud servers like Box and Dropbox are now set up to fully integrate with the Microsoft Office Suite (a standard in businesses). By integrating your systems now, you are preparing them to speak with future technologies that may need to draw information from them like Microsoft Power BI.
- Automation: There are a number of business functions that can easily be automated once your systems are fully integrated. For example, if you have one system that checks inventory and another that files orders, you still need a human to gather the information and then manually complete a request in the system that files orders. However, by integrating the two systems, once your inventory checker notices a supply needs to be replenished, your system that files orders can automatically complete its function without human interaction.
- Business intelligence: In the age of big data, business intelligence, or being able to successfully mine your organization’s raw data, is a growing trend. By integrating your systems you can gather enough data points from disparate technologies that will help tell a more detailed story of your business and its needs. To read more about business intelligence, read our post here.
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