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Advancement in technology have allowed businesses all over the world to move their operations to digital systems. Pre-COVID, there was a general reluctance and a “wait and see” mentality – today, many of them have accelerated the migration and undergone a total digital transformation.
However, when you have multiple operational silos within one organizational sandpit, it can be difficult to make all the systems work play together nicely. As such, let’s talk about the various benefits of systems integration or put simply, the art of bringing together the various systems and making them work as one solution.
What Is Systems Integration?
Take this example – you’re are a business owner with your teams divided into various departments. This helps you to keep the different business functions organised. You have implemented accounting software for your finance department, a CRM solution for your sales department. Now, you are thinking to grow your headcount and need a better system for HR.
All three software systems, though operating independently of each other, will have some common data that both the HR and finance departments need. Your sales and finance departments must be sharing data as well. Since you introduced all three systems separately, you might have even used three separate vendors to install these systems at your organisation. You must do something about linking these systems so that they work together instead of staying disjointed. This process of interlinking multiple systems and/or applications is called systems integration.
Key Benefits Of Systems Integration
- Automation And Streamlining
One of the most important consequences of the systems integration process is the fact that all relevant and related data is aggregated. This means that data recovery and processing is much simpler and easier across all systems. Working with Cornerstone, your business will end up with an integrated system that will help automate and simplify your business processes through well-established data flow channels.
- Accessibility, Accuracy, And Collaboration
The systems integration process involves compiling data from multiple sources and storing it in one location. This means you no longer have to wait for manual data synchronization across multiple systems. Instead, if a subsystem changes data, it is automatically updated for other systems as well. One of the main benefits of system integration is the availability and access to real-time data. Automatic data updating and synchronization also leads to greater accuracy as the chances of users accessing outdated data are minimized or completely eliminated.
Since the latest data is easily accessible, all users can work simultaneously, allowing better user collaboration and training on a more streamlined system. In addition, the immediate availability of data enables more timely decision making across departments, thus improving the entire business process.
- Efficiency And Productivity
An integrated system achieves greater efficiency by eliminating the need for repetitive manual data entry. The resources saved can then be spent on more value-added business activities, making the workforce not only more efficient, but also more productive – two key benefits of system integration
- Cost Efficiency
As noted in the previous section, an integrated system eliminates the need for repetitive tasks. As a result, essential tasks can now be performed more efficiently using the same resources, reducing unnecessary costs. Central storage also eliminates the need for multiple datastores for the same data. This reduces the cost of excess and unnecessary data storage space.
- Availability Of New Performance Insights
With data spread across multiple departments or subsystems, the ever-increasing volume of data makes it increasingly difficult to keep tabs on overall business performance and to ensure no inconsistencies. With an integrated system, not only is relevant data available on demand, but the efficiency of each department is also easily determined via a central dashboard. An integrated dashboard has access to the central data store. It will allow you to display the relevant data according to your needs, making your analysis or performance data even more meaningful. By selecting the right metrics, you can view service-level progress or perform a holistic review of your business – all in one place.
Pulling the previous benefits all together, the consolidated advantage of cloud integration is scalability – the ability to ramp up your business without having to add an inefficient proportion of effort/financial resources in your solution infrastructure.
Properly integrated systems can process 100 transactions or 1000 transactions without complaint and with robotic efficiency – it is not designed to fully replace the human workforce, but rather a new set of tools to augment their performance to your business.
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We hope that the key benefits of system integration above have given more insight on the benefits to business.
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