Why Are Some People Comfortable With Disconnected Islands of Information?

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Wouldn’t it be amazing to have your own little island? Your own private beach, your own coconut trees. Nobody else to disturb the tranquility or mess things up! If only we could have that kind of control in all aspects of life…

That’s why many people today like having their own islands of information – their own contacts, documents, and records, with no one to tell them, “No, you can’t do it that way.” They can also do things and then not have to worry about affecting somebody else. It’s comfy and safe. And frankly, it even can stem from a desire for job security – without their help, you’re powerless over your own data.

But that isn’t good for your growing enterprise. It means more time searching for and collecting information. It means you’ll see three different people doing the same thing, and knowing that you’re paying all three of them to do it! It also means that you’re making decisions without all the facts, and your employees might be flying in the blind as well.

As a company evolves, it’s easy to go with the path of least resistance. For example, building a bridge between your ERP and CRM systems costs extra time and expense. In the moment you might not consider it to be a worthwhile expenditure, but think long-term – Now those two systems are collecting duplicate information. Which is correct? Which needs to be updated?

Or perhaps fear of change plays into it. Why change your whole system, when you could just purchase add-on software that supposedly fills the need? But ask yourself – does the third-party software integrate fully with your existing system? Or is it a separate data silo?

Wouldn’t it be better if any report, any metric, or any other information you need would be extracted from one single data source? One source of information that can be trusted because updates and changes are shared with everyone?

Sometimes you can’t even tell what works until you see what doesn’t. It’s only when the problems crop up that we see the need for a change.

Ask yourself:

  • Do your business systems create their own “islands of information”?
  • Do any of your employees work on their own private “island”?
  • How could better data integration benefit your team?

Indeed, you might find big gains in a newer, more modern, and more integrated solution. Let us evaluate your business processes and show you how your data can get off the “island” and reside in a much more accessible place!

Check out the INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Ways Disconnected Software Systems Complicate Your Life

When you are ready to connect your systems, into one single version of the truth, CAL Business Solutions can help. Contact us at [email protected] or 860-485-0910x4 to start the conversation and tell us about your ERP goals.

By CAL Business Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Acumatica Partner, www.calszone.com

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