Software integration means to bring several types and functions of software together to create a single point of truth.
Most businesses grow along an organic path and with that, systems will evolve slowly. If we had foresight and a deep understanding of how a business will grow, we could probably anticipate every software and process need. However, companies are run by humans and we are unpredictable.
The ultimate culmination of integration is the management dashboard: The place for management and director teams to visually understand and present complex sets of data that has been collected from multiple sources within the business.
A dashboard becomes the centre that joins the data gaps. It is one location that can display your choice of data. You or your management team can decide what data needs to be seen. It can be organised into graphs, charts, lists, percentages or whatever makes it visually easy to understand at a glance. It can be high level or much more detailed and can be exported to reports suitable for board meetings, bank and investor proposals as well as employee performance reviews. Your dashboard is your business intelligence analyst.
Most importantly, dashboards are windows into the business where previously there have been blind spots.
The 3 vital jobs of a dashboard are to:
- Give visibility where previously you’ve had little or none
- Increase confidence in making decisions as you are backed up by the data
- Report just one single point of truth so you can be reassured that what you see is a clear and accurate account of the business
Achieving a coherent and integrated business brings myriad benefits and we will support any business who needs guidance, planning and deployment to reach this.
Some businesses can’t fit what they do into standard software. That’s when we can create Middleware to make those connections. There may be no existing blueprint for what you need but if you show us the challenge, we’ll find a way to structure a plan.