22 Jun The Challenges of Siloed Business Productivity Solutions
In life, work is the constant. How you do it, especially across an organization, is anything but. Even the best businesses grapple with selecting and connecting systems to ensure business management is fully integrated throughout it’s expanding operations. All too often, the decisions surrounding optimizing systems and processes take a backseat to short-term goal, but it doesn’t have to. You can keep your teams running and connect the systems to save time and money.
All the proper planning can still result in business process inefficiencies and software integration challenges. To get to the root of the problem and work towards a solution, you must look at causation. The growing landscape of apps can be overwhelming – our Project Managers use Project Online, our Developers prefer VSTS, sales can’t work without SalesForce, and our service team needs ServiceNow. The software supporting your essential business processes can take many forms, come from different vendors, be homegrown, or include a complex network of spreadsheets. As businesses evolve, their system architecture should follow to enable long-term scalability.
When teams operate using disparate systems, many business challenges arise affecting flexibility, productivity, and ultimately, can cripple growth. Below are three main obstacles caused by siloed software systems.
- Employee Productivity – Labor is one of the most significant costs of doing business, and it’s only getting more expensive. When employees are forced to work with inefficient and disjointed processes, it increases error rates and takes time away from their core duties. With disconnected systems, essential processes can take longer to be completed and is often erroneous. When systems fail to connect, there’s only one thing to bridge your gap – your employees. Those labor-intensive and manual processes take away the agility your company needs to grow and thrive all while costing time, productivity, and money.
- Lack of Visibility – When systems aren’t integrated, you have overlapping sources of truth hosted in multiple databases. Reporting across your entire organization, finance, sales, marketing, etc. is crucial to view business performance in real-time. Most companies fail to capture these insights due to the extensive time commitment required to gather, extract, and analyze data from multiple sources. For the rare organizations that do, countless hours are wasted connecting data is often already out of date. As a result, businesses are less agile in their decision-making process as they lack accurate information to make an informed choice.
- IT Maintenance Costs – When using multiple applications that aren’t linked, IT wastes both time and money to integrate, maintain, and update the software. Often, upgrades are required forcing more extensive work to be performed to ensure all versions work together. In the end, IT spends valuable time while maintenance costs shoot through the roof.
Connecting Your Systems
To keep your business growing and hitting its targets, it’s essential to have your business productivity applications integrated into one unified system to enable communication and comprehensive insights. Integrated business software, like OneConnect, is transforming how companies operate allowing them to push past their growing pains and take their business to the next level. Implementing an integrated business productivity solution to enable unified work management yields tremendous cost savings and improves business productivity.
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