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Staying competitive—quickening agility, creating efficiency, developing strategy, maintaining an environment of innovation—is dramatically changing the manufacturing and distribution landscape. Delivering products faster and more accurately than anyone else is what makes businesses stand out, and it takes more than software implementation to achieve this edge.
Creating a connected enterprise through robust system integration is the key to thriving in the manufacturing and distribution industries. ERP, CRM, and eCommerce software solutions offer functionality to streamline processes and provide visibility; however, businesses can’t achieve maximum performance efficiency if the software isn’t connected.
Below are a few reasons system integration projects fail and ways to avoid common mistakes!
Lack of Business Process Consideration
Software integrations are sometimes performed without consideration of the company’s business process. The integration project won’t add value to your enterprise if it cannot support your workflows and operations.
We recommend defining the needs of your organization to ensure your integration project is successful. Business Process Modeling is a strategy that identifies pain points and gaps, and maps out a vision for your company’s future operations. That way, you can be sure you’re aligning your integration with a robust business process.
Lack of Technical Expertise
Inversely, if integrations are attempted by teams that lack the proper technical knowledge, integration projects will likely have errors or fail. If you are considering only the business process and are missing the technical expertise, you could jeopardize data quality, experience slow processing, or incur security risks.
Some businesses buy integration tools under the assumption that minimal training will be enough for them to successfully complete the integration- don’t fall victim to this mindset. Do your research, and if your team doesn’t have the capabilities to seamlessly use the integration technology, enlist third party help.
Consider using Datix, a consulting firm that has the full business and technical expertise to help you integrate the software.
Lack of Access to Back-End Systems
Integration solutions can’t exist in a vacuum- they must be able to connect to multiple back-end systems. Your integration solution should have the ability to connect with multiple frameworks, endpoints, and applications. Additionally, if your integration service doesn’t support your vendor, your integration project can’t be a success.
In turn, we recommend doing your research to ensure your integration solution has a strong relationship with your vendors.
Failure to Manage Large Data Volumes
Scalability is an extremely important feature in integration solutions. If your solution cannot keep up with the copious amounts of data, upgrades, and other changes that may interfere with integration, your project will struggle to succeed. Therefore, we recommend a solution that is reliable and scalable, regardless of the data volumes.
A scalable solution will not only help your integration project now, but it will continue to help you succeed in the future. Because your business isn’t static, you don’t want your integration to be either, so it’s best to have a solution that will grow and expand with your company.
The Solution – Unity by Datix
While this is by no means an exhaustive list, the expert consultants and developers at Datix are fully capable of avoiding common integration issues. Further, they know how important system integration is, yet how taxing the integration project tends to be- that’s why we created Unity.
Unity is a pre-built integration, and unlike other API solutions that require extensive coding and mapping, Unity is rapidly installed and fully managed by our consultants. They will ensure the solution is implemented in line with your unique business requirements.
Moreover, Unity is scalable and compounds ROI, meaning you don’t have to be concerned with add-ons, upgrades, and other changes interfering with your integration. Regardless of how much data or how many users your business accumulates, Unity will meet your organization’s demands.
Designed to integrate with Infor ERP, Epicor® ERP, Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM, Salesforce, Magento, Hubspot, and more, Unity eliminates data silos, complicated integrations, coding, errors, and hassle. It’s the easiest way to form a connected enterprise, and each user can operate out of one system.
Contact the experts at Datix to learn more about transforming your business with Unity.