The high costs of integrating your systems

Are the high costs of integrating your systems getting you down?

Technology and business platforms continue to evolve and it seems that each department manager wants to either keep their existing system or is reluctant to upgrade because let’s face it nobody likes change.

As IT managers and CIOs our jobs become tricky because we are faced with either convincing the business owner to upgrade systems or convincing the overall business that the costs of deploying a brand new system that links all functions together would be better.

If your decision is to “Re-platform” the business is up for a long scope and design session followed by a costly deployment period. The risk to an IT manager or CIO not to manage the stress can be very exhausting with a lot of pressure on you to ensure all of the needs are met from the stakeholders.

If your decision is to “Join existing systems” then you may look to engage a system integrator AKA an SI to perform the joining work. For IT folks that are experienced with System integrators this can sometimes end up being a very costly exercise.

Luckily technology has advanced to an extent that most decent systems have the ability to push and pull data seamlessly. However there is always a challenge with compatibility, language defaults, monitoring, security and error reporting. To ease the cost pain for joining business systems there are platforms now such as Octerpus that enable in house IT departments and system integrators to self-manage the data feed management and connection of the systems. Not having to rely on an external third party is a benefit from a cost and a deployment aspect.

Integrating Saas Systems becomes quite easy especially if they have XML, csv, or cloud based elements. The ability to integrate website, inventory systems, and accounting or CRM systems becomes easier to manage if the CIO and IT team have complete visibility ongoing basis.