The most popular session at last month’s Empower the User Conference in Reston, VA was the final presentation of the day. “Beyond Integrations,” presented by KTL Solutions own Barry Crowell and Frank Reese showed the standing room only crowd how system integration improves efficiency. From reducing data entry to improving organizational insights, integration of disparate systems supports business productivity.
Integration is a function of exchanging data with external systems and your financial system. Most businesses use multiple software applications that are industry specific packages and separate from the financial or ERP system. Examples include:
- Membership management
- Customer Relationship Management System
- Ecommerce System
- Inventory Management
When systems are separate, reports only reflect the information from one system unless data is re-keyed or reports are combined manually. Either way is inefficient and prone to errors.
Factors for Choosing Method of Integration
There are multiple methods used to integrate systems and selecting the right tool requires a well thought out approach. When evaluating tools, consider the following:
- Who will run the integration?
- What technologies will the integration connect?
- What are the business requirements for the integration?
- To define how the integration will work, build a flow diagram.
- How much data will be integrated?
A programming professional can help you make the right choices for your specific requirements. Consulting with a person experienced in your industry provides you with better insight in to what other organizations like yours are doing.
If your people are spending time entering data or creating the same reports over and over again, you are wasting valuable resources. Isn’t it time to talk about integration options for your organization? Contact Gary at [email protected] and to