Many businesses struggle when it comes to managing all their data. Running one system for accounting and sales and another for inventory management can make it impossible for a business to stay ahead of the curve with their activities.
It might seem simpler to keep operating with spreadsheets and isolated systems – but this often comes at a cost to the efficiency of your business operations.
So, why is systems integration so important?
Keep data in one place
The benefits of keeping all your business data in one place can transform how your business operates. As many small businesses rely on spreadsheets to store data from forecasting to stock levels, these spreadsheets must be constantly updated in parallel, then compared to ensure your business is running smoothly. The result? Data ends up not being aligned – your forecasting system might show that you need extra safety stock, but your inventory management system hasn’t got the memo.
Integrating your systems keeps all that data connected, meaning you can rely on your systems to provide seamless integration between different functions, keeping everything running smoothly.
Keep things simple
In the name of keeping things simple, systems integration makes day to day business easier. Gaining access to up to date data across functions keeps you informed, meaning you’re more able to respond in the right area at the right time. Systems integration makes identifying problems in your supply chain easier, by providing a 360° view of your activities.
If you’re looking for a way to strip back some of the complexities and keep things simple- systems integration is it.
Increase business efficiency
The importance of systems integration is as simple as maximising your business efficiency. By getting your systems running synchronously you can save time updating, reviewing and comparing multiple systems. Relying on multiple systems can be arduous and struggles to give you the best result for your efforts. The new way of working via integration streamlines your processes and allows you to focus on solving problems and boosting your processes.
In short, systems integration can reduce the time you spend trudging through data and increase the value you yield from your systems.
Integrating your systems can save your business money too. Not only is operating various systems expensive, but it increases the risk of mistakes which can cost your business valuable expense. Lost or late orders can be a drain on business expenses and customer retention rates. Systems integration mitigates this problem by providing you with a holistic overview of your functions.
The benefit of being able to respond quickly and in the right business area when a problem presents itself is invaluable, and integrating your systems makes this a reality.
The mass of benefits derived from systems integration show how it can contribute invaluably to your business success. Remove reliance on spreadsheets and slow data and keep your business ahead of the curve with fully integrated channels. Get in touch with workhorse today to find out more about how we can support systems integration for your business.