Integrated systems are like a bridge:
Information enters at one end and
moves smoothly to the other end.
Unfortunately, this is a more realistic scenario of how software systems are used in many businesses.
Joe in sales buys a great prospect tracking system.
Mary in operations invests in a fantastic order entry system.
George in manufacturing chooses the best production software on the market.
Susan in logistics buys her packing and shipping system from the company that manufactures her scale.
Frank in accounting selects the same general ledger and invoicing system he used in his old job.
What’s the result?
Mary’s department has to rekey the same prospect information Joe’s department already entered when a prospect places the first order.
George’s department has to enter the same orders as Mary’s department so items can be managed in the production system.
Susan’s department has to enter all the customers, orders, and products so the shipping system can create packing labels and handle shipping.
Accounting has to rekey orders, customers, and all other data required to generate invoices.
In this scenario, you have five great systems that optimize the process internal to a department while creating information silos that don’t share across departmental boundaries.
You may consider integrating systems before buying software, but what if you’re like the company in our example and the disconnected software packages are already in place?
SOFTWARE INTEGRATION SERVICES
MAY SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM
Some of the software integration alternatives that
may eliminate your information silos include:
Reports that consolidate information from multiple sources.
Batch transfers of information from one system to another to eliminate duplicate data entry.
Real-time replication of information from a source system to other systems that need the data.
Modification of systems to look for data outside the boundaries of the application.
The best solution will be unique for you, customized to work with your company’s software and achieve your business goals.
It’s best to choose software that shares information across departments and optimizes your company’s overall business
process, but if that didn’t happen, consider software integration services that might allow your information silos to start
communicating. Reporteq is a California-based software integration company that has helped many clients eliminate information silos by automating data transfer among applications. Some of the data integration processes we have implemented include:
DTS (Data Transformation Services)
SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services)
COM (Component Object Model Technologies)
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