There was a day, not so long ago, when our applications didn’t talk to one another. In other words, they weren’t integrated. Let’s use Facebook examples because whether we like to admit it or not, we are all using it. You haven’t always been able to upload photos from your phone’s camera album right onto Facebook. You used to have to get out your digital camera, find the cord, plug it into your computer, and then wait for your photos to upload.
Even more recently, you weren't able to share your Instagram picture on Facebook right from Instagram. Integrations made all of this possible and saved us all a lot of time. Users wanted these integrations and to them, the idea seemed pretty simple. Get something on their smartphone phone from one place to another with just one simple click. Now, we all just assume our iPhone applications are going to talk to each other and share information; sometimes this information is in the form of pictures, sometimes it is a location, and other times it is a contact, but no matter what, we want all of the data on our phone to be able to talk to the rest of the data on our phone. In the world of business, it’s the same thing, but instead of Facebook and Instagram, we are talking about your QuickBooks™ and your Salesforce™ integrating or your ToolWatch™ and Jira™. These integrations make our lives easier, eliminate workarounds, and save us time. But does that really make integrations the unsung hero of your work day? At Ryvit, we think it does. Integrations change the way we go about our workday, every day and make our lives a whole lot easier. The truth is, businesses can’t function today without our data talking to each other. In other words, our data needs to be taken out of silos. We need one point to access it all and we need to be able to manipulate it and we want to do all of that right now. The possibilities are endless when you know your data is integrated, flexible, and accurate. So how do integrations help you every day?
- Integrations make Workflows
A workflow is a process, but not all processes are workflows. For a process to be a workflow it needs to take a piece of work from start to finish. Integrations allow for workflows that are truly complete through the entire process- inception to completion. A piece of work can be passed from one application to another or pull data from multiple applications to complete the entire workflow, making the days of your employees so much easier. With the right integration platform, you will be able to validate, transform and supplement your data to fit integration needs.
- Integrations make better Business Intelligence
When all of your data is in one place, you can make better business decisions because you aren’t getting one-sided data. You have the ability to push and pull data from multiple applications to yield meaningful metrics when you have a fully integrated business. More data = better decisions. Business Intelligence is a huge way to put integrations to work right away for your company. Having real-time synchronization or cross-integration analytics will lead to a smarter overall business.
- Integrations demand Accurate Data
Integrated systems will perform well because before they can be launched, the data will need to match, uncovering any inconsistencies. No longer will you need to track down which address is the correct address for a customer who is in the system as Mr. John Smith and John Smith. There will be one truth for data and accurate data will create the opportunity for saved time, better business intelligence, and thorough workflows.
- Integrations create Efficiency
As demonstrated through the points above, integrations make for a more efficient work day and a more efficient company. Efficiency is realized through the workflows, the business intelligence, and the accurate data. This efficiency also creates time for you and your employees meaning they can focus on other tasks and improve that bottom line.