Investing in digital technologies to transform business operations is nothing new. But implementing and maximizing value from mature technologies can be challenging in the absence of a cohesive business infrastructure of IT systems, software, technologies and applications. System integration (SI) is the answer to the connectivity challenges that can prove disruptive to digital transformation.
Your business has a number of disparate systems with different levels of dependencies and integrations. Or they may work entirely independently of each other, although this is rare given how common it is for information in an organization to touch at least five different systems.
Through digitalization, you may expect to improve data collection and sharing, generate data-driven insights, improve productivity and agility, and so on. For these gains, it is essential that your existing IT systems and the new systems, platforms, hardware or software you implement, work in harmony.
System integration is the process of connecting different IT systems to deliver a whole functionality and to also ensure that each integrated subsystem functions as desired.
Interconnectedness between various systems supports digital transformation in a number of ways, as explained below.
Why consider System Integration?
The prospect of digitally enhancing the organization may be daunting for employees. A good SI strategy provides data from multiple sources on one platform, and creates an integrated architecture offering simple interfaces that employees can adopt more quickly. A flexible, simple-to-use environment also allows you to conduct business more easily with suppliers, clients, partners and other stakeholders.
Implementing and maintaining different systems and applications is bound to drive up costs. Managing applications and data from a single platform is cost-effective. Imagine all the money you can save by removing several costly licensing fees and subscriptions from the picture. In addition, system integration cuts down on data storage space as all the information is maintained in one location.
The ability to access data in real-time is a game changer for organizations. For example, end-to-end data visibility enables you to identify disruptions in your supply chain, which helps reduce costs and risks while allowing you to make performance improvements continually. During major disruptive events, the ability to access data at any time, from anywhere, is imperative to making smart decisions that keep your business running smoothly.
If you use IT solutions to perform business tasks, you need system integration. And when you’re ready for digital transformation, system integration and uncovering integration efficiencies should be one of the first things you do.