Commuting is common and routine for most, whether it means a two-lane country road, a slow moving grind through traffic on a six-lane freeway, or catching public transportation. Along these lines, every business needs some level of integration for their diverse system, but a cohesive strategy takes into account each business’ unique challenges and strengths.
I commute 53 miles, each way, through the heart of a major metropolitan city on a jam-packed freeway, and then over a toll bridge. Before I fully understood the idiosyncrasies of this daily journey, I found myself growing increasingly frustrated with the drive and traffic. A seasoned commuter can tell you the slightest change in your departure time (even just 15 minutes) can drastically reduce the overall commute.
To survive the drive—whether it takes five minutes or 45 minutes—one must integrate all available information. To do this efficiently, all data must be reviewed before a plan can be set into motion. Once a plan is identified, it must allow for flexibility to accommodate real-time events which are unavoidable, including accidents, weather, or road closures.
Typically, a business’s journey is not round-trip like a daily commute, as companies must be on the quest to only move forward. Though they must be aware of the many pieces of information affecting the journey.
A solid integration process allows companies to utilize incoming data as well as adjust to real-time events quickly; this saves your business time and energy. Much like the commuter who spends less time in the car or on the train, a business can spend less time with routine data and more time on what matters to get ahead of the competition.
See if your company’s integration strategy is a traffic-filled nightmare, or just a quick trip, with our interactive Integration Maturity Model.