At some point, every business will require integrate systems. When teams and processes become dispersed and incompatible to manage, a desire is born to bring these systems closer together. This is known as business integration.

A modern method of business integration can provide a variety of benefits for businesses that utilize it. It improves performance by removing the gaps between systems and applications. It also allows for a reduction in manual documents that need to be processed, reducing mistakes and the cost of handling these documents. Furthermore, it is able to reduce maintenance costs by consolidating solutions onto a single platform.

A modern approach to business integration can help align IT with business objectives by converting IT assets into services. This can help to bridge the gap between IT and business objectives by ensuring that technology is being purchased, used and managed according to the company’s goals.

Before tackling a business integration project, businesses need to establish the most important goals and the method by which they will be achieved. By developing a strategy that is specific, quantifiable, achievable and timely (SMART) businesses can provide the clarity and focus needed to make integration a success. It is vital that the plan is closely aligned with the company’s culture and that all stakeholders are included in the planning of the initiative. This will help to build trust and ensure that the project is successful throughout the entire duration.