Three Ways Disparate Systems are Draining Your Business
Data is the new oil, fueling the machine of the digital economy. Modern businesses need a secure and reliable mechanism to manage, move, and process data. Disparate systems obscure data visibility and limit connectivity, acting as a virtual roadblock that can slow response time in both a customer-facing scenario and during the day-to-day backend operations.
Disparate systems can cause slower access and a limited range of information for customer support, which can hurt engagement, and damage the overall customer experience. At the same time, data has the power to drive businesses strategy and decision-making. Spotty and unreliable data or limited data access can quickly lead businesses down the wrong path.
Here are the top three ways that disparate systems are negatively affecting your business:
1. You have data silos
It is common for today’s organizations to operate with IT ecosystems made up of a wide range of applications, systems, databases, and microservices, likely running on-premises and in the cloud. In some cases, they are operating outside of IT’s purview throughout an organization’s departments, branches, or divisions. What’s more, many of these systems do not connect natively, leaving various data silos to exist across the IT infrastructure. Assembling a comprehensive view of your business data can often be a challenge, where you may run the risk of discrepancies with the data and operational inefficiencies.
2. Declines in productivity and operational efficiency
Business users understand how important integration is to operational efficiency. In some cases, a line of business user may lack the resources or programming experience to manage an ad hoc integration. As a result, they seek out help from IT in order to meet their objectives. In that all-too-common scenario, IT will see an influx of requests to integrate disparate systems and applications, and if they are limited on resources, this influx can quickly create a productivity-killing bottleneck.
3. Business response time is slow
Lengthy timelines and clogged IT project backlogs hinder rapid response efforts within a fast-paced and dynamic business environment. Creating direct, explicit, system-to-system couplings is a complicated integration process that slows your business’s response time. You need a scalable way to perform integrations that can grow with your business.
How to Bridge the Data Disconnect with iPaaS
Your integration project doesn’t have to be difficult and IT shouldn’t be overloaded with those large and time-consuming integration megaprojects. An integration platform as a service (iPaaS) can provide a simple, yet robust solution that bridges the data disconnect within your organization.
iPaaS refers to a set of cloud-based integration tools that connects both cloud or on-premises applications and services. It handles the configuration, deployment, and optimization of an integration for the user. Using pre-built, reusable connectors and process rules, iPaaS enables users to make faster, less error-prone integrations among multiple applications and services. With iPaaS, data integration is simple enough for the line of business to manage and secure enough for IT to offer their approval.
Read article, “What is iPaaS?” to learn more about how iPaaS can help bridge the data disconnect within your organization.