Computer systems and Apps to support your business are widely available, highly functional and, these days, cost effective. Implementing those systems is easy, often merely a case of signing up to a cloud application. It has never been easier to automate key tasks. However, there is an important caveat to that ease of automation. If you source different software applications without thinking about how they will work together, this can lead to problems and inflexibility in the medium to longer term. At an early stage, it is important to consider the overall flow of information and the framework within which the systems should work. If you are considering e-commerce or other connected systems across the Net, then you will probably require your data and process flows to be automated and to work to best practice levels. In this increasingly connected business world, you can also integrate your systems with those of your business partners, who are part of your extended business flow, sharing data and speeding responses both upstream and downstream in your value chain. Examining and optimising these process flows can increase the agility of your business, promote the sharing of data between systems within your business and reduce time wasting and errors due to re-entering data more than once. Mapping your process flows and identifying the key data that is required for them to work effectively is also an initial step towards identifying and eliminating waste and streamlining business flows.
Guide to Integrating Systems
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