System integration is a critical part of any company’s infrastructure. A superior level of integration gives a company the ability to hold a strategic advantage over competitors and leverage that advantage to gain market share.
System integration projects are designed to achieve one of several possible goals, which can include:
- Reducing the amount of data entry or manual processes required to run the business
- Increasing the efficiency of information gathering and reporting by providing a centralized solution to merge non-integrated systems into a centralized repository with all information
- Reducing the possibility of getting different answers to the same question caused by working on non-integrated systems
System integration projects bridge the gap caused by the diversification of software systems found in most corporate systems today coupled with the necessity for streamlined operations. Over time, companies can end up with a whole suite of systems, resulting in disconnected information. Although these separate systems may still be necessary, the fact that they aren’t integrated often prevents the company from functioning efficiently. In today’s corporate environment, ERP, CRM, and WMS systems are crucial to managing core operations. Additionally, information ends up in smaller, less critical applications, such as Excel, Access, or other similar information stores. With a properly designed project, all critical information throughout a company can be leveraged to provide quick and easy access to all systems, without employees having to manually bridge the gaps.
The Northlake Partners has a team of individuals with over a decade of experience designing, implementing and managing systems integration projects to help clients address their technology needs.