Having the right software and technology is essential to growing a business – yet many companies feel the constraints of inadequate systems. Outdated applications, manual processes, and countless integration challenges consume time and resources. So how do you know when you’ve reached the tipping point? This next post in the blog series takes you through the second sign that you’ve outgrown your systems.
Sign 2: Numerous Integration Hassles
A second sign that you’ve outgrown your current systems and infrastructure is significant time spent integrating disparate systems and aligning data from multiple sources. If your company has grown through one or more acquisitions or is running different systems in various areas of operation, you may be spending too much time troubleshooting and maintaining integration points – and not enough looking for opportunities to reduce costs and improve productivity.
Over half of the small and midsize companies participating in an independent Forrester Research survey reported the “ability to integrate with other systems” as a very important criterion when selecting potential software.2 Forrester also listed “improving integration between applications” as one of the top four business goals of IT departments.
A single comprehensive application can handle all key business activities, eliminating the complexity and expense of integrating multiple systems. You spend less time on system maintenance and more time planning and implementing innovative functionality. With fewer integration points, a company can focus on systematic reviews of business processes, identifying and prioritizing opportunities to cut waste, redundancy, and costs.