Ever feel stretched so thin that you can’t manage the workload? This is exactly what ineffectively rendered integrations can do to your management system. Integration pitfalls run deep and the result is an information system that isn’t a system, but a poorly drawn web of siloed software struggling to work in unison. Besides putting your business in an operational rut, poor integrations lead to high costs both in resources and operational efficiency.

Costs and Maintenance  

If you’re using a siloed system, an information management system that relies on software that isn’t designed to communicate together, integration is a must if you want to work with the multiple tools to run your business. The problem is that integration can be complicated and expensive. Some software just doesn’t work well together, in which case more complicated integrations are required to optimize data flow. The more complex the integration, the bigger the price tag – but that’s just the edge before the fall.  

Intricate or multiple integrations are prone to recurring dysfunctions that require continual maintenance to resolve. This forces businesses to invest more money in internal labor, middleware, and outside consultations just to keep integrations working. Despite this, system bugs tend to persist. This could eventually compromise the functionality of the system as a whole.

More Work, Less Productivity

Due to ineffective integrations between siloed software, you’ll actually end up doing more work than was originally intended. If system dysfunctions continue, this can create gaps in the data shared between the various software. This means staff must reconcile the information between multiple applications just to make sure the information they need is accurate. Integration problems can also cause errors and delays for several key functions that demand more work to resolve, and slow workflow.  

Data Deficit

According to a 2016 report from Informatica and Capgemini, 40 percent of U.S. businesses feel that IT integration issues pose a significant challenge in operationalizing big data and turning it into a trusted business asset. Today, companies rely on data for everything from sales to accounting, or any other major function needed to pilot operations. All of this information is run and collected through individual applications. If integrations are not fully aligned, the system is prone to having duplicate or inconsistent data throughout the various software. Siloed applications remain separate entities instead of a unified system. This compromises the value of the data itself, as staff will struggle to access and utilize accurate data just to do their jobs.

Ascend the Rut: Go Lean by Using a Platform

Instead of using many applications that will require integrations to work together, focus on using a business IT platform to run your business. The benefits of a single platform are undeniable because there’s no need for excessive integrations to be written or supported. Software built in the same platform, like a CRM such as Salesforce, are designed to automatically streamline data within the system. This lets you circumvent integration pitfalls altogether, freeing you to focus more on customizing and automating your system to achieve your highest goals.

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