System integration is designed to optimize an organization’s productivity by allowing separate applications, tools and software to work as one convenient, interconnected entity. It also increases operational responsiveness—specifically, the ability to respond to changing conditions and customer interactions as they occur.
At Dorian Solutions, our developers tailor your custom software to your business needs, ensuring the appropriate systems are integrated seamlessly with other internal and third-party IT systems. We’re also here to help you understand your options so that you can get the right system integration for your business.
Here are the common types of system integration and information on how they can increase not only your ROI, but the overall functionality of your business:
Integration with a Custom Front-End
One option is to build a custom user interface for your application. You may consider building a web page or portal to use as the primary way to talk to your current system. With a custom interface(or front-end), you can control how a person interacts with a current piece of technology, often pulling in supporting data from other systems. This allows you to control your workflow experience, while continuing to use the systems you already have.
Advantages of Front-End Integration
● Keep your already-working systems
● Reduced operational costs
● Designed based on your specific needs
● Responsive features
● Secure coding
Front-end integration also helps develop different levels of access for different users, customers, and/or supply chains. For example, a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application grants users different levels of access to information (i.e.: accounts, contacts, data, projects, transaction history, etc.) depending on whether they’re an admin, employee, or client.
Additionally, all of the presentation layers—meaning the layers of information embedded into an application that vary by user— can share the same services and require just one sign-on to
access all functionalities.
Back-end integration gives users the opportunity to interact with one application instead of using several separate applications. Similar to front-end integration, user interaction with applications is determined by their user roles, which means not all users have the same access to all applications.
Examples of a backend application include merging data together form different systems or processing a credit or debit card transaction with a third party. No matter the situation, the backend software is an essential component of processing information since it helps two or more systems communicate and deliver information to the user.
Advantages of Back-End Integration
● Automatic information exchanged between systems
● Custom-tailored functions
● Data integration
● Internal + fast testing
● Scaled services
Bolt-on software provides users with the ability to upgrade their systems operations and streamline their entire work process. This type of software is added—or, in other words, “bolted-on”—to an existing system to let you do more than you originally could.
Workflow customization that improves performance
The greatest advantages of bolt-ons is that they provide additional customization beyond a core system, which helps organizations meet their unique business needs. For example, if your company needs accounting services, an accounting program can be embedded into your existing system to incorporate accounting tasks into your workflow.
For those of you interested in integrating bolt-ons, it’s important to note that not all bolt-on modules integrate seamlessly with an organization’s core system. Bolt-ons may have connectivity issues, unfriendly user interfaces or even inhibit some capabilities of the existing system. Fortunately, at Dorian Solutions, we can help you decide if this is a good fit for you based on your exact scenario and our integration knowledge.
System Integration Designed for You
To ensure your business processes work for you, connect with a Dorian Solutions software developer today. At Dorian Solutions, we are more than developers, we’re solution experts that are happy to answer any questions you have regarding your custom software development needs. Call us for more information about our services and get personalized system functionality designed with you in mind.
Want to learn more about the types of System Integration we can use for your business? Connect with us today!