Application Integration Strategy - Knowing when you need one

An application integration strategy can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Having an ordered movement of work between applications and components saves time and saves money. Here are 10 reasons why you could need an application integration:

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  1. Passing work between applications today

You’re already doing it. You do it every day, so get a strategy around it. Increased use of technology in business means creating a strategy for this just as you would with any other department of your organization. The need for a strategy increases when you have already invested heavily in best-of-breed applications, and users want to incorporate a cutting edge point solution application. A recent purchase or development of an integration due to changes in the organization could also signal the need for an integration strategy to ensure your invested dollar is being used in the best possible way.

  1. Out of date current practices

Handwritten forms, printouts, and reports sent via email are all different ways to share data between teams, but these ways of sharing are outdated. Automated sharing through integration is more efficient and reliable for your team. Import/Export workarounds are inferior to integrations. Think about what happens when an import fails halfway through. A true integration can handle the order of operations, workflow rules, stored procedures, and concatenate and parse data.

  1. Scalability

Look at the software you currently have. Is it software that offers scalability through multiple software copies?  If your IT is bogged down with report writing because access to all of the data is not available to the users needing it, you are not working at the scale you could be. If you are unable to properly scale through the current software you have, an update could do you some good.

  1. Predictive Analytics

Many organizations could use help ensure the decisions they are making are the smartest decisions possible. The right integration will give you a comprehensive executive analytics dashboard. The predictive analytics that are yielded from such a dashboard are irreplaceable for your organization. The ability to pull data from multiple applications will increase your ability to make smarter decisions.

  1. Changes on the horizon

Changes to your operations could mean an increased need for an application that involves information sharing with current applications. Especially if you frequently experience changes in product or service offerings or changes to your competition. Having a strategy in place will make this transition smoother and more effective in the long run.

  1. Visibility at all levels

An application integration strategy can bring all levels and departments of your organization together through streamlined data. If the current state of your business has department leaders reporting different results and these data discrepancies are costing your team time to reconcile the data, you are not up to industry standards. This could be negatively impacting your organization and having one truth for the data will bring visibility to all levels.

  1. Adaptability

Let’s say your sales doubled overnight, would your team be able to keep up? Would you still offer the same level of service to your customers? If your accounting team wants visibility into daily operations, will it disrupt a workflow? If your team and your technology couldn’t adapt to changes in your organization, it’s time to look into an application integration strategy.

  1. Load Balancing

Dividing the work that a computer needs to do between two or more computers should be a thing of the past. If it isn’t in your organization, look to the future and the increased efficiency that is possible. Your end-users shouldn’t need to operate “swivel chair” integration, either. It is inefficient to use multiple applications on various computers, shuffling back and forth to get the data they need. Getting more work done in the same amount of time can be achieved through a strong strategy around application integrations.

  1. Cloud Computing

Moving to the cloud can complicate integrations so you should have a plan in place, this includes hybrid clouds. The cloud opens up a lot of possibilities and many organizations are moving toward the cloud for data integrations. Your managers and employees in the field will be able to access the latest data on their mobile devices without a trip to the on-site office or trailer when integrations are hosted on the cloud or a hybrid cloud. Making sure you are ready to make the leap to the cloud will increase the benefits you reap from the cloud.

  1. Regulations

If your company has to uphold regulations such as HIPPA or others, an integration strategy could be beneficial. Regulatory changes may have to be made quickly and this organizational need can be built into your integration strategy.  This can keep headaches to a minimum each time a regulatory change is made. Audit trails are an important compliance liability for your company, as well when it comes to meeting regulations. The ability to track the chain of data operations from who, when and what was changed at each piece of information is essential and needs to be done independently from the application. If this is a need your organization has, an integrations strategy should be made.   Contact Ryvit for help getting started.

Creating Effectiveness in your Company

Many companies get in a groove, get comfortable and go with it. Your employees know what to do to get the job done and everyone knows what to expect. We have all been there, we get comfortable and fall into a routine. However, there may be room for improvement. Are there inefficiencies you are letting slip? Is your company staying adaptable? Are your numbers being tracked, and if they are, what are they telling you? These are all factors you should consider regularly to keep your company performing at the height of its ability. Make sure your company is as effective as it can be by auditing your effectiveness.

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Remove Inefficiencies If each step of your workflows do not directly add value for your customer, they need to be revised. Being systematic with the necessary changes to your workflow is the best way to make sure each issue is properly addressed. Any gaps between what needs to happen on a daily basis and what actually happens need to be closed. Any wasted steps that are duplicate or create delays are important to eliminate. Allow your company to have sustainable long-term value added to workflows by making them as effective as possible. Adaptability Ask yourself this question- if yours sales doubled, would your team be able to sustain maximum service levels? If you aren’t sure of the answer, your adaptability and ability to respond to rapidly changing market factors may not be where it needs to be. Mistakes and adjustments should be anticipated in your master plan. Adaptability is more than being agile, you also need to anticipate unexpected expenses and build room into your budget for these situations. Track the Numbers If this is not something you’re doing already, you need to start. This is where you can see if what worked on paper is actually working for your company. The numbers will tell you without a shadow of a doubt areas where errors can be corrected. Take this opportunity to truly test your process.   Creating effectiveness in your company is all about being informed. You need to intimately know the way your company works and how it will react. Knowledge about workflows, your ability to adapt, and the numbers will ensure you will make necessary adjustments to stay ahead of the pack.   [button size='' style='' text='Link to Full eBook' icon='' icon_color='' link='https://ryvit.com/wp-content/uploads/Fundamental-Elements-of-a-Successful-Software-Company.pdf' target='_self' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']

Do you need a Chief Security Officer?

Cyber security is an increasingly important topic. Whether you are in the construction, financial, legal, healthcare, education or many other industries, your data needs to be both accessible and secure. Internal and external security threats can affect your operations, earnings, and level of trust your clients have with your organization. With the growth of cloud-computing and mobile technology the demand to keep sensitive information and data secure will only increase.

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Few companies can afford the disruption to operations caused by a security breach. Enter a Chief Security Office. This C-level professional will lead the charge for security measure of data within your company. CSOs usually possess a master’s degree. They will make the procedures, guidelines and direction for information security policies within your company. These guidelines should be set in place to protect information and data from internal and external threats. The CSO will be responsible for the planning, coordinating, developing, and implementing of all cyber security measures.  They can also educate other employees on data security measures and best practices. Not every company is able to add another C-level position to their organization just yet. With or without a Chief Security Officer, all organizations should have a data recovery plan so they do not lose their data and information. If a CSO is not currently in your scope, consider doing outsourced IT. This alternative will fit you data security needs and other tech needs your company may have. They will be able to assist you in doing a technology-based risk assessment annually, which is a best practice when it comes to data security. This can give a baseline of the measure that need to be taken to keep your sensitive information and data safe. An outsourced tech provider can assist you in creating a data classification policy and verse you in cyber liability insurance. Deciding if you need a CSO can take a good deal of internal auditing and planning. This tech-focused executive can be replaced by outsourced IT. Take your time in researching the benefits and costs of each option.

Modern Day Matchmaking in the iPaaS economy

Finding your perfect match means more than just a feeling when we talk about the iPaaS economy. Ultimately your perfect match needs to help you accomplish one task- outsell your competitors. Customers demand all of the workflows be accessible from one interface, they want to use one dashboard, and they want to access it from anywhere. Here’s how to outsell your competition: Focus on the Technology itself Ask your software provider what you are really getting. The technology needs to be:

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Reliable- First are foremost your technology needs to do what it is supposed to do all of the time. No one has the patience to deal with spotty technology or an application that is unreliable when you need to use it. The technology we have available at our fingertips is expected to perform.

Usable- Can the end user open this up and figure it out? Sure there could be a little bit of a learning curve, but too much of one and interest in your tool will be lost- no matter how much easier it could make their lives. The technology should be intuitive.

Portable – Having a mobile-friendly tool is necessary to compete today. Many professionals work from multiple devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Make sure it’s all going to be mobile friendly and powerful even in the palm of their hands.

Accessible- Today, everything must be easily accessible. This goes hand in hand with the tool being usable and portable, but it takes it one step further. Can the end user open the tool and go? What steps stand in the way of that happening? These steps should be eliminated to create ease of accessibility.

Performing – The tool has to meet all of the needs of the client. They need to be able to be able to have that all-in-one experience. Streamlined tools perform well for professionals today. Having technology that meets all of these requirements- reliable, usable, portable, accessible and performing is step one in outselling your competition because it leads to happy customers. Make sure your customers know your technology solution in and out to help manage their expectations. If they have new requirements for your tool, be responsive. This will help them understand that you are doing everything in your power to get them what they need and will keep your from gaining any unhappy customers who could damage your reputation. Find a software partner who can deliver to you a superior product and your clients will be happy.

The Tech Review all CEOs should do

Whether you are the vision creator of a startup or leading the charge of an established corporation, technology is changing and with that, your business practices around technology might need a refresh. Leaving all of your company’s tech-related decisions up to the CIO or CTO isn’t enough anymore. Creating a strategy around technology is essential to define your company’s path forward so as the CEO, get involved. To make sure you are starting in the right place and heading in the right directions, take a look at these 5 areas of your technology.

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  1. Your current strategy

That is the place to start. If you don’t have an expressed strategy yet, take a general survey of what tech updates have been made recently and the impression of where your company was headed with technology. If you do have a strategy currently, gain an understanding of what department heads and employees need from their technology and where the current strategy is falling short. Making sure your strategy is well-defined will create fewer technology distractions as you move forward.

  1. New Projects

As a CEO, how do you want to approach new technology projects in the coming years? Different tech issues can be solved by a number of existing solutions or by custom-coded solutions. Each has their benefits and drawbacks, but as the CEO it is up to you to decide which way your company will head. Make a decision and be consistent. Take into account the opinions of subject matter experts at your disposal. Many projects in the coming years will be shaped by this decision.

  1. Efficiency

Isn’t efficiency why we invest in technology? Your technology should be helping your employees make the most of their time each day. Take a look at efficiency in your data centers, support centers, and IT systems. You want all of these systems to be as efficient as possible to increase profitability. If your employees are not selling and working in the most efficient way, your tech strategy needs to encompass changes that will help them do so.

  1. Consider your customers

If your customers don’t have the tools they need, work this into your technology strategy to stay competitive. Create a survey and listen to your customers’ feedback about your technology. What preferences do they have in communications they receive from your company? Is your website meeting their needs? What’s not easily accessible? They drive your business so they should be considered in key technology decisions. Building a great customer experience is worth the investment.

  1. The right team

During this process, you will need to have the right team in place to help you understand your current state and what changes are needed. Make sure this goes beyond senior management. When you have this team, set parameters to communicate what can and what cannot be done when it comes to your technology assets. Communicate your company’s risk profile to these individuals. This will allow your team to make the right decisions for your organization.

Use Ryvit to Compete & Win more Marketshare

   Ryvit gives you an edge and helps you gain Marketshares. Our powerful integration platform opens up endless possibilities. Here are a few ways Ryvit will help you compete and win. You have what your Competition Doesn’t Integrations. You will be able to interact with any of the applications within the industry you are in. We build it for you and your competition won’t be able to keep up. We create an ecosystem that will be beneficial for you. Your customers will have something out of the box that works for them.

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This will streamline their capabilities to work across applications and once data is entered and workflows have been established between applications, an entire infrastructure within their operating model will be available. These benefits are unmatched in the industry. Increase Customer Value over Time Your customer will be able to integrate your solution in addition to accounting applications and project management applications. Your clients can integrate six, ten applications in a single platform with you being the center focus of that interoperability. Create Stickiness with your Customers & Increase Retention Once you have that, they are never going to leave.  Why would they? In order for your customers to have what you are already providing them, they would have to incur higher costs to develop and deliver a similar solution. A single platform with data able to automatically flow between systems is a much greater value.  The ability to recreate would be too costly. Generate incremental revenue There is a co-beneficial arrangement for partners on the Ryvit platform.  We expand market awareness with customers already on the platform looking for a solution like yours, they know they can easily connect to your application and we generate revenue for you. The ability for you to sell the natural benefits of the automation, integration and workflows that we provide is something that will set you apart, increase your close rate and your retention rate.  You can expect to see those types of performance statistics improve for your company if you onboard with us.   Our mission is to help you improve revenue performance.  If you do well, we do well.  We are here to help you bring additional value to your client base.