Four essential features to look for within a systems integration solution
Updated: Jun 25, 2019
Modern businesses demand software automation and integration to leverage the systems they utilise daily. It is most likely the data coming from numerous disparate systems doesn’t match or isn’t even the same digital language. Such a problem may cause your organization many complications, ranging from data errors to unexpected operational issues. Thankfully, adopting a proven integration solution can help address that issue.
Here are four must-have features of any proven systems integration solution:
1. Support for multiple data formats
You're engaging and doing business with various parties such as suppliers and customers, interacting with internal and external systems that form part of your value chain. All these information sources and endpoints may speak different languages and therefore require multiple different data formats. The integration solution you adopt for your business must provide support for these data formats in order to ensure compatibility, examples are XML, JSON, CSV, TXT and so on.
2. Data Flow Visualization
Before choosing a fully-fledged software collaboration tool, be sure to check it for the data visualization functionality. The system should support the creation of visual process flows, offering an expanded view of data integrations. This way, it provides higher visibility of management information for better decision making and ensures you can quickly adapt the integration flows within your organisation in the future when your business demands change.
3. System Security
Any integration solution no matter if its on-premise or cloud based should provide you with functionality to secure or immediately remove the information when it has been processed. You may want to find out about the HTTPS protocol or encryption techniques in use to minimize the risk of data breaches.
Likewise, integrated security introduces a critical layer of data protection. For example, a secure tool may support single-sign-on, centralized system administration with a reduced risk of unauthorized access.
4. Standard Integration Objects
How do you plan on mapping your data between disparate systems? You're better off using a standard integration object suite that supports a range of connectivity options, including WEB APIs and REST. Access to SQL files also expands your system's multi-format mapping and translation capabilities.
When your business data is coming from disparate sources, you need a way to read and process it seamlessly and in real-time. Hopefully, a data translation system with the above features can help your organization with these objectives.