Moving From Pieces to Harmonic Processes

Software Integration – Moving From Pieces to Harmonic Processes

Achieving business objectives requires a seamless flow of information between all business functions.

Multiple business departments need integrated information flow:

  • To retain customers
  • Capture customer information
  • Follow up with clients
  • Receive a customized request for a product or service
  • Product design
  • Manage processes
  • Deliver finished goods
  • Collect payments

Further, to execute complex processes efficiently quick data exchange between applications through efficient software integration is necessary.

Achieving an ideal solution requires one of two actions:

  1. Integrating and customizing existing applications, which can be time consuming and result in a hodgepodge of programs strung together with complex coding and programming processes.
  2. Adopting flexible applications designed, developed, and supported to work together.


Costly Integration

How to Eliminate Costly Integration Efforts

With such a plethora of software choices and platforms that solve specific needs, integrating new platforms and software is extremely important if the goal of your company is to operate in realtime. If your company does not operate from a single platform that acts as a system broker and federates the exchange of information between systems, your company is failing and should be alarmed. If your company has more than one brokering platform, the company is even worse off because more than likely the brokers are disconnected. Resultantly, your company did not solve the original disparate systems problem.

A highly integrated approach runs circles around varying components fused with complex programming and unique applications.  Most vendors sell components that must be modified to meet each customer’s unique needs and individual areas of a business. Expensive consultants and systems integrators glue the pieces together, resulting in a new software configuration for each customer. As new versions of the software are released, the customized configurations must be upgraded and reintegrated—all at the time and expense of the customer.

If you’re serious about operating in real-time, then you should have a team of highly skilled individuals that understand federation and platform brokering, also known as integration. Not just a team, but a well trained and knowledgeable team. Don’t take the expertise factor lightly. An unseasoned and inexperienced team can cause more harm implementing a federation layer than not having one at all.

System integrators are in abundance. Their existence is the result of sometimes rash decisions to solve an immediate problem by buying additional software, which may not be plug-and-play friendly. It’s understandable that difficult decisions paired with emotion and lack of knowledge of one’s own system can lead to an additional software purchase that fixes what ails you now. However, consultants exist to provide advice before a purchase, not after the purchase, to fix what is broken and potentially avoidable. Integration considerations also include the ramifications of additional software purchases. Bring in a consultant for his or her experience in stopping problems before they happen instead of fixing the broken pieces formed by a lack of knowledge regarding optimal integration implementation.

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You Can Benefit from Software Integration

You Can Benefit from Software Integration

In 1997, Paul Strassman stated in The Squandered Computer, “Aligning information systems to corporate goals has emerged as the number one concern over the last five years in surveys of information systems executives.” Today, his words are still valid. Software integration is an important component of a strategic plan to help your business effectively compete.

Paul A. Strassman, The Butler Group—Former Director of Defense Information, Dept. of Defense, and CIO for Kraft, Xerox, and General Foods.

What is Software Integration?

Data and information travel between different software applications. Passing from one application to the next may cause changes that translate, repackage, or regroup data and information, which can become lost or incorrectly transformed. Frustrating to management and staff, time is wasted reentering data and information, and the possibilities for errors increase each time.

Overall, software integration can either improve company operations or become a detriment without the right expertise to guide the process. Taliferro IT Consulting possesses the right expertise for implementing seamless information alignment to company data that is easy to retrieve and manage. Moreover, a company will benefit from significant savings in worker hours by eliminating the need to enter information into several applications.

Eventually, disparate and unaligned systems are costly to companies. To solve your software integration challenges, we focus on how all your systems exchange data, and if the exchanges consistently occur. A real-time, valuable assessment of your business does not result from poorly integrated systems.

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