Modern Business Integration

Modern business, no matter how big it is a complex process. Even small businesses utilize hundreds or tens of thousands of business, marketing, and operational applications to function.

These applications should work seamlessly to achieve the results that are most crucial to the business. Business integration aims to achieve this by enabling and connecting the participants in an eco-system to work as a whole.

The proper design is vital to an effective business integration. Most often integrations are created in a way that makes it difficult to change the design. The wrong design choices could lead to a system which is difficult to maintain and use, and also costly.

In the past, business integrations were primarily focused on integrating IT systems and software, such as ERP and CRM solutions. This type of integration is called application integration. It is typically achieved through APIs or other tools which allow the connection between different systems. These types of integrations are usually restricted in scope and require a dedicated technical team at the site to manage and maintain.

The essential element to modern business integration success is an integrated approach that focuses primarily on the integration of business services. This is accomplished by identifying the services required and mapping those to the appropriate technology. It also involves the creation of the required integration components, such as connectors or data mappings, as well as an efficient testing and deployment procedure in a controlled environment. Afterward, a monitoring and optimization process is put in place to ensure the business integration continues to meet its goals.