5 reasons software integration is so important
Software integration brings together different systems that have each been designed to solve a particular business need to form a unique solution that allows these software’s to work alongside each other. With the wide range of software’s available it can be overwhelming to find a solution that works for all aspects of your business. Finding a core solution that integrates with a range of software applications removes the need and confusion caused by having multiple interfaces, effective integration collates all software into one easy to use system.
Advanced Business Managers’ core accounting software integrates both internally with a wide range of ABM modules but also with external software solutions such as Opmetrix, NETSTOCK , Alchemex, to give your business an overall solution. Continue reading to find out our top 5 reasons that software integration is so important.
Better data flow and consistency
Software integration allows automated exchange of data which keeps information consistent between all systems. This means when one system’s data is updated, it is updated across all systems so there is no opportunity for disparaging data. Not only does system integration improve consistency but it ensures better data flow with real-time syncing. Companies that have multiple aspects to their business can see data move through the pipeline, for example in a sales scenario, from inquiry to closure, there is an consistent and accurate flow of information through throughout the process.
Improved Data accessibility
Having all data collected and stored in one place with a single view significantly improves accessibility. Being able to access data anytime from different areas of your business makes those needing its work easier and more efficient. Improving data accessibility removes the time wasted searching across multiple platforms or through files of paper which gives your company and its employees more time to focus on more important aspects of your business.
”The automated reporting module enables reports to be scheduled for on a regular basis to our team of sales agents across Australasia ensuring they always have current data available.”
Business information that is scattered across multiple software interfaces can lead to lower productivity and increased errors. Observing and moving data between systems significantly increases the opportunity for error, with data being lost or entered multiple times. Integrations can aid this by moving data automatically into one interface so there is no need for manual entry/movement which increases accuracy and reduces errors.
Reporting is only as good as the data you have in your system so reducing errors also increases the validity of your reporting, giving you the opportunity to gain an efficient overview of your business and identify areas of improvement and what’s going well.
Increased employee productivity
Inefficient systems that aren’t user friendly don’t allow your staff to work at their optimum level. Making staff do manual and tedious tasks such as data entry between systems can decrease their motivation and lower their job satisfaction whichincreases their resistance to improving processes. By integrating your system, employees have more time to focus on important tasks and it removes hours of mundane data entry and processes ultimately leading to increased productivity.
Reducing the number of interfaces your employees have to work with boosts their confidence as they have more opportunity to master one system while still having access to all the different tools provided by the integrating systems. Increased confidence leads to increased productivity as employees are able to get tasks done faster as their understanding grows.
Saves time and Money
Software integrations significantly reduce the costs involved in almost all your business processes. By streamlining your processes, you make your business run more efficiently, giving you more time to focus on increasing productivity and profit.
Integrated systems are significantly less expensive than having several large, expensive systems. Having a range of systems that don’t talk to each other requires businesses to have experienced professionals that have to spend hours on manual tasks, accessing data from all areas to get an overview of the whole business. Simply having a system that is fully integrated removes the burden of this task as well as significantly reducing costs. In most cases, software providers will offer integrations at no additional cost.
Using ABM Billfeeds Golden Homes- Waikato/Taranaki were able to speed up their invoicing processes saying, “It’s faster, and easier to process and the scanned invoices are easier to bring up when needed…The main benefit is the time saving, the fact that you have visibility over documents, to find detail and go to the source documents faster.”
All companies are different and have specific needs in regards to software systems in order to work at their optimimum level. Ultimately in this day and age, companies not utilising the multiple software integrations available are stunting their own growth. There are so many advantages to integrations and working with companies that allow these is the first step towards creating a more efficient and productive workplace.
ABM integrates with a wide range of systems and the team is always interested in hearing about other integration opportunities, so get in touch with the team today to find out more!