When your business grows, the tools you use to manage business functions must grow with you. Many businesses use the building block approach, adding one software on top of another. Each software does its own handy thing, but none of them tie together.
Sound familiar? If this is the story of your growth methodology, you’re missing out on the benefits of software integration solutions. These are the tools that allow you to grow organically, always knowing where you stand and where you plan to go next.
Still need to convince your C-suite? Here’s why you and your team can’t afford to ignore integration as a growth strategy, and challenges you can expect in the transition period.
What Is Software Integration?
Software integration is the process of merging two or more distinct systems into one unified system, either with either a mono-directional or bi-directional flow of data between systems.
This allows your organization to integrate disparate systems into one system that shares data fluidly. This allows you to eliminate duplicate data since you can see all your data from various sources regardless of where it originated.
The net result? A leaner, smarter system that allows your team to know where they stand and where to go next.
The Challenges of Integration
The biggest integration challenges occur when you’re beginning the process. Let’s say you have two separate systems for bookkeeping and account management. This worked when you had a few customers and the time to handle data manually.
But as you grow and acquire more accounts with more complex transactions, you’ll add more data and processes to handle data. It might seem like the right choice at the time, but the inevitable effect is data silos, repositories of fixed information isolated to a single department and outside the view of the rest of the organization.
This will eventually slow down the whole system to the point where basic data processing tasks are bogged down by the volume of data. Some data is known to be useless, and some data you may not even know you have.
The challenge of software integration is bringing all of these processes into one system that can handle (and disperse with) all of those data silos.
The Benefits of Integration
While the adoption process itself can be tricky to navigate at first, the benefits of integration make it well worth the invested effort.
The single biggest benefit is efficiency. When your system isn’t running dozens of unnecessary background processes and your team isn’t bogged down in small admin tasks, your workflows can progress with far greater efficiency.
In addition, your information will no longer be segregated between departments, which means that departments will no longer waste time and effort keeping each other in the dark by accident. If everyone can see the same data, everyone can leverage the same data.
Smarter Software for Your Biggest Challenges
If you see an ugly picture of your business’s worst inefficiencies, it’s time to invest in software that solves your biggest challenges rather than adding more processes.
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