The Difference Between Data and Application Integration
There are many things to consider when thinking about bringing multiple sets of data, or software together. Whether you already have some applications in place, or your data is in one big spreadsheet, the processes are much different. As we mentioned in previous posts, relying on a single spreadsheet to house all of your important company data, and then manually mining that spreadsheet to create reports, is just not efficient. More importantly, it’s not reliable.
Data Integration vs. Application Integration
On the surface, these two things may not seem all that different. However, they are. Integrating data is a completely different process than integrating applications. Data integration at its core brings all of your data together in a standard, non-redundant way that doesn’t sacrifice the quality of the data. It’s not an easy process. Application integration is different, however, whereas its purpose is to make sure all of the applications you are using can talk to each other in an efficient, easy-to-use way.
How to Integrate Data and Applications
When you’re looking at different integration options, it’s important to take a step back, and try to figure out what you really need to integrate. If you’re working with a technology firm, they can certainly take a look at what you have, what your pain points are, and then develop a solution to integrate your data. They can also help your applications talk to each other in a way that helps your company get access to the data it needs at the touch of a button.
Can it work with our ERP?
Many companies have a custom ERP they are already working with. It may house important information about their customers, their prospects, employees, financial information or other relevant company information. People in each department may manually be pulling data from the ERP. In fact, someone else may be tasked with turning that data into a report. There has to be a better way, right? There is. Through integration.
Ready to explore integration?
If your company is currently using multiple applications, and you’ve always thought it’d be easier if they all talked to each other, then application integration is a great solution to solve all of your pain points. Here at Aspirant, we have a team of skilled professionals with a wealth of experience integrating all sorts of applications to help businesses become more efficient. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call today. We’re eager to learn how we can help.
Phil is Aspirant's Technology Director with a focus on providing enterprise-grade solutions. His 30 years of experience have given him the opportunity to work across many markets, industries, and applications. Phil is leading a team of skilled web and mobile developers building strategic solutions for our customers.