System integration is ideal for businesses looking to enjoy the benefits of customised architecture and apps without having to pay for custom development. It combines hardware and software products, for instance, off-the-shelf software and pre-configured components are integrated to meet key business goals.
We know the benefits, which is why NJCSI will highlight the vital benefits of systems integration for your business. Integrating your existing systems will help save your company time and money. Rather than employing a number of systems to accomplish day-to-day tasks, business leaders should strive to implement as few systems as possible, which can be tightly integrated.
With the right APIs (application programming interfaces), different programs can connect and, essentially, communicate with each other. When everything speaks the same language, people no longer have to waste valuable time moving between platforms and processes that don’t work together.
Systems integration enables employees to achieve tasks faster, but without compromising quality. By enabling information to be instantly shared with the entire business, via integration with all departmental tools, users can report on real-time information. Employees can access data regardless of their location or time of day, ensuring that there is no downtime while they wait for one system to update another. Integrated mobile apps allow a quick and easy-to-digest view of critical data.
When system integration is done properly, real time alerts and additional mobile capabilities improve response times, and because you have the freedom to bring together different platforms and programmes, you can build the right solution depending on your needs.
A single data source of data makes it easier to maintain data integrity so when employees are only working on a single system, all data is stored and comes from the same place. In this way, data integrity is easier to handle and more reliable, because there is one source of information, found in a single location.
Duplicating data in several systems will lead to reduced accuracy. Because data is often used to make strategic decisions, it needs to be accurate and consistent. If different departments get different data from your systems, and base decisions on this conflicting, inaccurate data, this will lead to confusion and require additional time to reconcile. By reducing the need to duplicate data entry in multiple systems, you can also vastly reduce the probability of human error. Similarly, if one department doesn’t know what the other is doing, there can be quite a bit of confusion and repetition of tasks. When everyone can see what their colleagues are working on, collaboration is streamlined and more efficient.
By enabling all departments to share information seamlessly you are also encouraging collaboration and communication between these groups. Visibility and transparency of data from differing business areas encourages discussion and teamwork to reach common goals.
The ability to integrate systems with the tools required to adapt to a changing environment enables a business to remain competitive and ensure its systems are as future-proof as possible. Ultimately, systems integration will bring many benefits to your organisation – the ones listed here are only a few – from costs savings to greater flexibility and improved accuracy of information and data.