Every business must integrate systems at some time. When processes and teams are too dispersed, disconnected and difficult for managers to manage, the desire to bring these processes closer together arises. This is known as business integration.

Modern business integration methods can provide a range of advantages to businesses who use them. First, it can help improve performance by eliminating breaks between systems and applications. It also helps reduce the number of manual documents that need to be processed reducing errors and the cost associated with handling those documents. It can also cut costs by combining all solutions into one.

Finally, a more modern approach to business integration may help to align IT with the business by transforming IT assets into business services. This helps to eliminate the gap between IT and business objectives by making sure that technology is acquired, implemented and maintained in line with the business’s goals.

Before embarking on a journey of integration into their business, companies must establish their top goals and the means by that they will achieve them. Businesses can gain the clarity, focus, and determination they require to tackle integration successfully by establishing a plan that is specific, measurable, attainable and timely. It is essential that the plan is in line with the company’s culture and that all stakeholders are included in the planning of the initiative. This will increase the likelihood of buy-in and help the initiative succeed throughout its entire duration.