Get practical with data integration

by | Dec 15, 2015

It’s easy to get excited whenever we hear about the possibilities of new enterprise solutions. Great pitches, great specifications and a great vision of a pioneering corporation on the cusp of taking that technological leap. Let’s face it. We’re constantly sold on the benefits of data integration everywhere we turn.

Whether it be through articles we read, word-of-mouth recommendations, or a deft sales presentation, there’s no doubt that integration is the new business bandwagon of the 21st century.

Ensuring viability

Are you a business decision-maker? Take a breather and stop for a moment to ponder. Though software may be the primary responsibility of any company’s IT department, their benefits are still very much business driven.

Put simply, business decision-makers should carefully brainstorm and strategize how data integration can actually deliver tangible productivity. There really isn’t a point in migrating to a new system when it’s only a technological upgrade instead of a business-related one.

For starters, make it a point to engage with the various department heads in your company. Find out what works for them and what needs to be improved. Armed with the feedback, draw out a chart to weigh the pros and cons of integration, then re-engage the heads again to get their buy-in. Do this right and you’ll have a seamless transition.

Ensuring scalability

At some point in the near or distant future, growth will take place. Instead of waiting until then, it’s important to take scalability into consideration when selecting an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. And we’re not talking just within the same market. Integration should be viable across geographical boundaries as companies expand overseas in both matured and emerging markets.

Every business is different. Use this piece of advice to ask the right questions.

Migration downtime

What are the opportunity costs to a business when migrating to new ERP software? Who are the parties affected? What is the right time to do so and how long will it take?

These are valid questions business decision-makers should ask before making any form of commitment. As opposed to what many may think, going LIVE doesn’t have to take days or even weeks. It can be cut down to a couple of hours with the correct planning and execution. Not to mention, the intuitive ease of use where new software is concerned.

Migration: Whose responsibility is it?

Migrating from an old system of silos to a new integrated one is a disruptive process that affects the departments involved. While convenient, getting your IT department to shoulder most of the responsibilities during this period may not be the wisest thing to do. This is because they lack day-to-day operational insight and understanding.

The responsibilities should lie instead with respective department heads to galvanize their teams to lend support when needed. Everyone stands to benefit from integration, so it’s only right that everyone puts in their fair share of time to make it happen.

Conclusion

We’ve discussed some hard truths business decision-makers have to confront prior to giving the green light on an integration exercise. Don’t get us wrong. They turn grand visions into reality. Their intention is to encourage companies to equip themselves with the best technology in the market – and to do so seamlessly.

Are you looking at a minimally disruptive approach to integration that is progressive in nature? Consider Deskera’s cloud-based ERP solution as a seamless starting point.

Go a step further to find out about the basics of corporate compliance and their role in determining whether an ERP software is viable for business use:

10 Compliance Hacks for SME Bosses

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