Data integration refers to the process of combining information from various sources. It’s something many companies do to manage information in an efficient and productive manner. It’s also about making information more accessible to those that need it.
I can guarantee you that all businesses will use information from a variety of data sources. For example, they will have one database linked to their e-commerce website. They’ll also have another to manage customer relationships. And they might even use data from both sources in a third database, such as an accounts system.
These days we live in a world where efficiency is the order of the day. Businesses must be as efficient as possible to have the competitive edge. Getting faster and easier access to their data is one way to make that happen.
If you haven’t already got a data integration plan, here’s why your business needs one:
You want instant access to the most valuable data
Let’s face it; all databases contain information we seldom want or need. The last thing you want to do is waste time sifting through queries of unneeded data.
When you create a data integration plan, you decide which data is most useful to your firm. That means when you run streamlined queries, only the information you need gets returned.
You can merge data from various sources
Let’s go back to my earlier example of the company that has three databases. Let’s say when a customer orders from your online store, you want to generate an invoice for them.
You would have to use your accounts system and raise an invoice. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of manual interaction needed. But, if you integrated your data, you could use one unified system to manage various data sources.
You want to make your data less complex
In a non-integrated environment, the plethora of data sources can make accessibility complex. That means you would have to spend a lot of time sifting through your data until you get to the usable stuff.
Data integration solutions from Simego make it possible to simplify accessibility. It also reduces the need for end users to have specific software installed. Of course, that also means there are fewer software licences to buy. It’s a win-win situation in anyone’s book!
Datasets become more valuable
What happens when you have the possibility of merging datasets? Your information becomes a whole lot more valuable! There are now limitless opportunity to scrutinise and report on the data you have. It’s now possible to adapt the datasets you have so you can get access to several data dimensions.
Collaboration is now easier than ever before
One final food for thought is how data collaboration is easy. Imagine you’ve got a project where your team comprises of people from different departments.
In the pre-integration days, each person would need extra software to perform data mining. They would also need more time to access the information they need for their projects.
Post-integration and the landscape is somewhat different. No-one needs any special software, and everyone has access to the same data.