Systems Integration

5 Tips to Overcome System Integration Challenges

Mar 22, 2017

Almost every business unit uses some type of specialist software to increase their own productivity and collaboration.  This is great for individual teams, but not for the company as a whole. It results in information silos across the business, which lead to inefficiency and duplication of effort. The obvious answer is to integrate these disparate solutions so that data can be shared widely.

In theory, system integration is exactly what’s needed to unlock the value of your company’s data and accelerate internal processes. In reality of course, integration is complex and time consuming.

Here are our 5 best practice tips for successful system integrations:

1. Find the simplest solution that works

The KISS (“Keep it simple stupid”) principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. It was coined by Kelly Johnson, lead engineer at the Lockheed Skunk Works – creators of the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. You can read the story here.

When it comes to integrating systems, the KISS principle is a good one to bear in mind. Don’t be tempted to splash out on risky BDUF (big design upfront) development. Rather break it down and build only what you need, when you need it. This will give you agility and enable you to overcome any unforeseen challenges.

2. Automate as much as possible

Take some time to work out how to avoid human intervention when building your integrations. The more you can automate, the better. You’ll get the job done faster, with fewer errors.

3. Build it so that you’ll know when something fails 

If you have no way of knowing when something has failed, you won’t be able to fix it. Ensure that your system integrations have have monitoring and viewing/notifications capabilities that will alert you when failures occur.

4. Opt for multiple, smaller integrations over large, more complex ones

Simpler, smaller integrations are often more robust and create fewer dependencies than huge, complicated solutions. Remember that KISS principle…

5. Choose system integration software that allows you to maintain or change easily

There are several system integration tools you could use to automate data synchronisation or to integrate workflows and processes. Linx is one such tool.

Linx is a powerful, intuitive piece of low-code system integration software. It is one of the only solutions that combines the power of no code development with advanced business integration which makes it great for fast integration, but is also a powerful API development tool too. Linx provides a canvas for integrating almost any version of any system into another system, given the presence of APIs. It enables you to build and run numerous integrations on the same machine, and offers one-click deployment of new versions.