One benefit that companies seek from a modern digital transformation strategy is agility, which gives these organizations the flexibility and adaptability to better serve customers, to improve business processes, and to evolve within their industries.
And companies must modernize their IT systems to achieve not only IT agility but business agility as well. The shift to digital requires companies to have more flexibility on their front-end applications so that companies can say “yes” to their customers, while also requiring more agility on the back end to connect and orchestrate data.
In order to modernize IT systems, however, there are several steps an enterprise must take.
Modernizing IT systems doesn’t end with a purchase of a new solution; it also involves:
- Shifting certain applications and workflows to the cloud, such as ERP, TMS, supply chain management, procurement, and payroll solutions
- Adopting modern SaaS applications, such as expense management, performance management, HR and benefits, and CRM platforms
- Evolving purpose-built and mission-critical legacy IT systems into more manageable solutions
Part of these modernization processes require system integration, which is a strategic process that connects an organization’s functions from varying technologies and streamlines the disparate hardware, software, and communications solutions.
The goals for systems integration initiatives are simple: improve working relationships with customers and partners, while increasing workflow efficiency and lowering operational costs for the business. Because of the complexity that comes from a system integration, however, there are some landmines that companies must recognize and avoid. Here are the top five ways to eliminate system integration issues that hinder your IT modernization efforts.
Eliminate System Integration Issues
Development teams and IT departments are no doubt wrestling with myriad new and existing applications, as they embark on a digital transformation strategy, many with different architectures and payload formats. A single integration platform, however, can provide the ability to connect and centralize the best-of-breed systems and applications that enable business processes and tackle these following issues.
- Consolidate Disparate Applications
Rather than continuing to rely on disparate, legacy, and outdated systems, modernizing your IT environment allows you to streamline communications, while gaining more automation, control, and visibility , which strengthen those partner relationships.
- Built-In Connectors for the Most Common Applications
A centralized platform comes pre-loaded with application, SaaS, and B2B/EDI integration connectors to power an enterprise, whether it’s on-premise or in the cloud. The right solution allows you to customize and integrate applications to suit your business needs without any additional scripting.
- Automate Common Business Processes
Automation saves time and money by replacing manually initiated processes with software that reduces errors, enhances your work and process flow, while lowering expenses and improving efficiency across the board.
- Reduce Dependency on Customized Solutions
Remaining dependent on customized solutions also means you sink more up-front costs into your tools, and it requires developer sources that have inherent risks, as well as needing developers to communicate throughout the software development cycle.
- Free Up Valuable Resources for Other Projects
By automating the majority of your business processes, your precious IT resources to spend valuable time on other core tasks. A digital transformation strategy means that time-consuming projects are no longer a burden on employee resources and bandwidth.
A Truly Scalable Infrastructure
Whether you are adding a SaaS solution to help drive business outcomes, moving large amounts of data into a cloud integration platform, or your business is a service organization that thrives on delivering faster responses to customer requests, you rely on integration to make data flows work. Regardless of what kind of business you do, you need a scalable infrastructure to support any-to-any hybrid integration, data transformation, fast and secure file transfer, and end-to-end visibility of all the data flowing through your dynamic ecosystem.
The Cleo Integration Cloud platform helps businesses all over the world eliminate the system integration issues and complexities that hinder IT modernization projects. The solution enables business and IT agility to accelerate ground-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud integration processes to easily connect applications, and storage and business platforms, integrating your entire ecosystem.