In today’s modern environment, businesses are constantly being forced to seek new ways to remain competitive and competing on cost alone is no longer enough. These days businesses want quality, good customer service, reliability, and speed. Customers need to feel valued by their suppliers and when they place an order, they expect to receive it quickly, with no issues.
As a result, businesses are being forced to become more responsive, more connected with their customers and suppliers, more accurate and more efficient, and the key to achieving all of these, is the way they manage their data.
The world spins on data. While retail businesses are constantly being told to store as much Big Data as possible, manufacturing businesses are increasingly being told to start utilising their data, and using it to make better and more informed decisions. Every business holds some sort of data, whether it be order information, product design sheets, stock keeping information or production schedules, the business environment depends on data collection, storage and use in order to continue to evolve and progress.
But what happens when all the data held in your business fails to integrate? What happens when your warehouse records do not communicate with your eCommerce system? What happens when your production schedule does not communicate with your sales order information?
Solving the CIO nightmare
Ask any CIO, project manager or technology consultant about their worst nightmare, and they’ll likely utter the words ‘systems integration,’ or worse – ‘data migration.’ It’s enough to send shivers down any business’ spine, but there have been efforts in the past to relieve this problem. Manual data exchange, flat file transfers, and file transfer protocol have all been introduced to help ease the flow of data across an enterprise, but all three threw up more issues around data entry errors, integrity and security, than they actually solved.
In the early noughties, Service Orientated Architecture introduced data integration as a service, an architectural pattern in computer software design in which application components provide services to other components via a communications protocol, typically over a network. This solution addressed integration challenges, but failed to correctly interpret transferred data, was not flexible enough to respond to business changes and quickly became quite complex.
Then some bright spark advanced the use of Application Program Interfaces – or APIs to you and me. Having previously been used as rules for software development to define operations, inputs, outputs and structures, APIs have since been advanced to make it easier to add new features into existing applications, making data integration a reality.
But what does this mean for your business data? How is this going to help your enterprise become more responsive, more informed and more efficient?
Opening up APIs without the need for coding
API management made it possible for technology businesses to build their own data integration solutions with API management capabilities built in, enabling businesses to connect and integrate multiple data streams and applications without the need for complex coding, and this where DataSwitch can really start to make sense of the data held in your business.
DataSwitch has been purpose-built by K3 Syspro to help businesses communicate and integrate various data streams. It’s a powerful data manipulation and systems integration tool which works with SYSPRO ERP to help you better manage, utilise, and analyse the data held in your business.
It acts as the most useful middle man in your enterprise, integrating your front-of-house retail solution with your back office SYSPRO ERP system, to scan the warehouse and inventory levels the moment an online order is placed with your business. It can exchange data between your Advanced Warehouse Management (AWM) solution and third party distribution centres. It can provide seamless Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) collaboration between multiple business systems and even improve internal processes by automating certain workflows in your organisation to ensure accuracy and performance are consistently maximised. And what’s more, DataSwitch can be used effectively by anybody in the workforce, so your business does not have to invest heavy sums in hiring a professional developer.
DataSwitch has already become the trusted data partner of choice to more than 300 businesses across the globe, who all leverage the system to provide added value benefits, such as improved customer service levels and enhanced supplier performance. As businesses everywhere adapt to new technologies, embrace the Internet of Things, and take steps to automate as much of their supply chains as possible, DataSwitch is already providing an effective competitive edge. And during a time when data storage, usage and analysis is helping businesses stay ahead of the market, DataSwitch could provide the edge that your business needs.