Today’s services organizations commonly leverage ERP, Software as a Service (SaaS), and other cloud services to collect and utilize the data they need to effectively do business. However, these systems frequently lead to information silos, creating cloud integration challenges across organizations. Being able to overcome these challenges through an effective integration strategy means that a company’s solutions can be put to far better use.
The Advantages of Agnostic Integration
In today’s ever-changing landscape of applications and shifting business demands, adopting an agnostic integration platform can help a services business remain agile. Agnostic integration means that a platform can interface with any type of operating system and database, preventing incompatibility, data corruption, and vendor lock-in. An agnostic approach is designed to simplify integration between key systems of record and other apps that help support the services business lifecycle. This approach will not only help a company integrate a wide variety of systems, but also react quickly and efficiently if one integrated solution is replaced with another.
The following benefits of agnostic integration can provide tangible benefits for a services organization.
Simplify Data Integration
Multi-cloud strategies are being employed by more and more services businesses. While having more tools available than ever means that businesses can find new ways to work, it also means that an agnostic integration platform is the only way to prevent increasingly complex business processes that rely on manual data aggregation due to incompatible operating systems.
Simplifying data integration means that businesses can spend less time on consolidating and coordinating their information, and more time applying it to their processes. Services businesses can save time by eliminating redundant data entries, improve team efficiency by creating projects in just one system, and log time for team members in a single workspace.
Accommodate Large Amounts of Data
Using multiple applications for both project and resource management means that a services business will begin to generate large amounts of data that will only increase in volume over time as more employees and clients come on board. As such, application integrations should be prepared to handle large amounts of data coming from a variety of sources, as well as different types of information.
Having your integration platform focus on the right types of connections, such as CRM,GL, and HCM, to accommodate the large volumes of data and integrations that your services organization depends on means more effectively managed projects. Successful integration and management creates large quantities of actionable data, which positively affects everything from project planning and bidding to workforce staffing and billing, while still maintaining the high level of security found in cloud ERP solutions. When an integration platform incorporates project management, resource management, and business intelligence, an integration platform goes beyond simply aiding the flow of data and becomes an Operational System of Record. This will help strengthen the many solutions upon which your business depends.
Orchestrate the Flow of Data
An agnostic integration platform can interface with a wide variety of disparate systems, interlinking them in ways that are not possible without the presence of an intermediary solution. When designed well, these platforms can help orchestrate and automate the flow of data within a business, sending needed information to the right systems faster and without the need for time-consuming manual processing.
The result is that data silos are broken down and data is brought together for cohesive insights, which can help workforces act in more efficient, profitable manners. With better data management, services firms can gain real-time visibility into projects, stay informed about project health, better track pipeline, and more.
These many benefits and more all begin with leveraging an agnostic integration platform designed to make the most of each solution and the data being produced yet rarely used to its full effect.
Mavenlink Launches Microsoft Dynamics Integration
Mavenlink has now launched its integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition, offering users the ability to link a best-in-class ERP and CRM with our modern services platform. The result is an Operational System of Record that coordinates and orchestrates your services business’ many different solutions for greater insights and better-equipped teams.