Digital Transformation and Integration Strategies: You Can’t Have One Without the Other
In today’s complex technology world, most companies have hundreds of applications running critical business processes. Each of these applications has its own set of data. Often, the data from one application overlaps data from other applications. And ,often, the data doesn’t match. This causes a great deal of frustration for users and managers of the data and creates redundant business processes across the organization. As the applications and interfaces change throughout the organization, the data becomes even more difficult to manage. Plus, there is a significant risk of making poor decisions based on incorrect, or out of date, information.
DCG Software Value & The Spitfire Group addresses this problem along multiple fronts. We create an integration strategy that allows developers to create interfaces between applications with a single standard that is easier to manage, reduces development time, and improves maintenance. To do this, first, we identify the “golden” record for data that will be used as a master record. This includes customer data in one place, inventory data in one place, financial data in its place, and so on. We then use tools that manage data across applications in a real-time manner. This keeps all of the data in all of the applications up to date with the correct data and reduces processes among multiple applications. Reports are generated from the “golden” record so that information is always accurate.
As more and more organizations add applications, upgrade legacy systems and move towards a digital transformation strategy, the strategic integration of data and applications is no longer a “nice-to-have” but a “must-have.”