5 reasons why integration between your software vendors is so important
Software integration combines different systems that solve a common business need or challenge to form a unique solution. With the wide range of software available, finding a solution that works for all aspects of your business can be overwhelming. Finding a core solution that integrates with various software applications removes the need and confusion caused by multiple interfaces, effective integration collates all software into one easy to use system.
Advanced Business Managers’ core accounting software integrates internally with a wide range of systems to give your business an extensive solution that meets all of your requirements. For example, a significant integration is with Opmetrix, a premium mobile sales solution designed to focus sales teams on automating day-to-day operations in the field, helping them achieve effective management, time-saving and accurate customer data recording.
Our top 5 reasons why integration with software solutions such as Opmetrix is so important include:
- Better data flow and consistency
- Better data accessibility
- Error reduction
- Increased employee productivity
- Save time and money
Better data flow and consistency
Software integration allows automated exchange of data, keeping information consistent between all systems. 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. As a result, companies with multiple aspects of their business can see data move through the pipeline. For example, in a sales scenario, from inquiry to closure, there is a consistent and accurate flow of information throughout the process.
Improved Data accessibility
Having all data collected and stored in one place with a single view significantly improves accessibility. Accessing data anytime from different areas of your business makes those needing it work more efficiently. In addition, improving data accessibility removes the time wasted searching across multiple platforms or through files of paper, giving your company and its employees more time to focus on more critical aspects of your business.
Business information is scattered across multiple software interfaces and 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.
Reducing errors also increases the validity of your reporting, providing an opportunity to gain an efficient overview of your business and identify areas of improvement and what’s going well.
Increased employee productivity
Confusing and inefficient systems 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 motivation and increase resistance to improving processes. Integrating your system gives employees more time to focus on essential tasks, removing 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 opportunities to master one system while still having access to all the different tools provided by the integrating systems. In addition, increased confidence leads to increased productivity as employees can get tasks done faster as their understanding grows.
Saves time and Money
Software integrations significantly reduce the costs involved in most of your business processes. Streamlining your processes ensures your business runs more efficiently, giving you more time to focus on increasing productivity and profit.
Integrated systems are significantly less expensive than having several large, costly 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 fully integrated system removes the burden of this task and significantly reducing costs. In most cases, software providers will offer integrations at no additional cost.
Ultimately, companies not utilising the multiple software integrations available are stunting their own growth. However, there are many advantages to integrations, and working with companies that allow these is the first step towards creating a more efficient and productive workplace.