Over the last ten years, the advent of mobile computing and ‘always on’ client expectation has forced IT departments to begin integrating many disparate systems into one central point of access. The power of emerging technologies often requires you to overcome complex systems integration challenges, both within your own organization’s walls, and with your external partners, suppliers, and clients.
The Need To Integrate
Widespread adoption of cloud hosted solutions has created a need for IT departments to rethink their system typologies with integration being the largest challenge.
As the end user becomes more and more mobile, their is greater and greater and pressure on the IT infrastructure to provide real time access to the client data via a single interface.
Social networking has empowered the end user and created a culture of ‘instant communication’. Social networks are fast becoming more and more integrated into content delivery and mobile applications.
More than just a buzz word, big data is a concept that has had more of an empowering effect on corporations then virtually any other technological advance since the PC itself. To take advantage though, all systems need to be completely and efficiently integrated to create a central data point.
SCAD Makes Integration Easy
Uniform data pool
The users work in only one system. Accessing several isolated systems is not necessary to get a current overview and/or to carry out activities. Therefore the risk of “working parallel” where no department knows what the other is doing is a lot lower. Apart from that the data is much more transparent and their plausibility can more easily be corroborated
Centralised data storage
Having all available information at only one location saves on computer storage space (and costs). Additionally the multiple upkeep of data, when these are newly created, changed or deleted is avoided. This reduces the proneness to errors and leads to a higher data consistency.
Data in real time
Interfaces always lead to a time lag. Therefore a situation can have changed during the transfer from one system to the other without the user noticing. Working in a uniform solution with real time date minimises this risk.
Integrated view to the entire process
At any time every process participant can see which part of the process is currently being worked on or which activities are currently being conducted. Interdependencies are also a lot more transparent so that the possible consequences of measures can be better estimated.
An integrated solution allows faster statements to current numbers and developments. For example all preparation activities necessary to make the data comparable between systems (for example when using different material numbers) are omitted. It is also no longer necessary to elaborately „glue together“ an analysis through various applications. Critical processes can therefore be identified far earlier and necessary counter measures can be taken.
In the case of a software update in a heterogeneous IT landscape it must always be checked whether it can lead to conflicts with other systems in use. Possibly interfaces have to be newly configured and implemented. Also updates naturally happen quite often. This too repeatedly ties up resources which are then not available for the usual operations.