In past few years, more and more organizations have come forward seeking integration of their systems. The major factors that have made system integration, the most sought-after solution to deal with inefficiencies and business underperformance, are real-time visibility of the entire data, and automated processes. The integration of disparate systems aligns the processes for a streamlined work-flow between them.
Getting the systems integrated, no doubt, can be the wisest decision for any company, however, there are a few things that should be determined before investing time and effort in the process.
You need to integrate your systems! The moment you realize this, should not be the very moment for you to call the integration expert to get the things done lickety split. You first need to be sure about your requirements, and before that your existing system and its limitations. Whether you opt for integrating new to your existing systems, or are looking for hybrid integrated solution, you should have every know-how of your old system, related issues and challenges, which you will be required to convey to your integrator expert.
System integration involves all the systems to connect. There may be single or multiple objectives of the company behind system integration. Whatever the objective may be, to leverage the best of system integration, it will be great if all the departments determine their objectives and get in-line with each other, so that the process-flow maintained in automated systems, does not get stuck in other systems. So, it becomes imperative for every system and every department to become an integral part of this transition, as this allows meeting the objectives of the growing business in entirety.
If you are seeking integration of your systems, it will be better if you look out for those that already exist. Custom solutions can be expensive, and may take too much time to develop. In case, the off-the-shelf solutions do not cater to the needs, a custom integrated solution is the answer.
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Whatever you opt, a custom created infrastructure framework or an off-the-shelf one, it is important to define and identify what all will be required in the newly integrated system, so that it performs the way it is supposed to. This may be any new feature or field required to be added to the new system so that the automated system is able to function, and present what is expected of it.
The integration of multiple subsystems provides organizations, a complete view, and a good control over their data resources. It benefits by automating the processes, for improved efficiency. But alongside, the integration process also poses data security challenges.
While identifying these security challenges associated with integration process, it is important that your system integrator is aware about data breaches. You can also reduce the chances of risk by training your employees on some important security tips to be kept in mind, and prevent hackers and viruses from entering the system during the process.
Right before integrating the system, the data should be cleaned, defined, and structured in the old system, as structured and manageable data is easily accessible and can be integrated well in systems; and this can be a great value-add to how the business functions.
Data-Mapping in the New System
Once the data is cleaned, well defined, and set in the right structure, it should be entered or mapped into the new system. However, be sure about the fields that are already there in the new system, and the ones that need to be entered specifically. If the required fields do not exist in the new system, then they will be custom-created in the new system.
Standard Nomenclature of the Fields
To prevent any kind of discrepancy arising while data transfer from the old system to new, make sure to follow a standard nomenclature of the fields, both existing and created. This will allow the perfect matching of all the fields.
Data Review for Resolving Issues, If any
After the data is entered in the new system with standardized fields, run a review test to spot or identify any issue, and resolve or eliminate it. This makes the data clean, understandable and usable. It is however, important to make sure that the data is duplicated.
Data Validation Before Movement
Once the data review is over, data validation is required to be done to counter issues that may happen in the future. So, before the data is entered into the new system, these issues need be sorted.
It is always wiser to involve flexible platforms in the system integration process as they readily communicate with other systems. The software can be modified through the source code easily, so that it can be integrated with other systems around. This certainly unleashes the possibilities from the shackles of limitations led by the constraints of standard software.
It is obvious that you will be needing a capable developer, when you choose to go with the custom developed integrated solution. But before that, prepare yourself to answer to their questions associated with your existing old system, and of course, the challenges and requirements. These questions will decide their course of action.
To ensure the smooth integration of systems, that promises to meet all the requirements of a growing business, it is imperative to consider these factors that are though just associated with initiation of the integration process, yet serve the purpose right.
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