What slows down an integration project?
Traditionally, integration projects are long, slow and expensive things. They rely heavily on third parties to do their bit and can often hang in the balance of a few lines of code or packets of data.
Luckily, we now live in a world where the next generation iPaaS and similar solutions can enable us to quickly move on our integration ideas and innovations, without letting cumbersome technical challenges stand in our way. However, the hangover of these ‘old ways’ of doing things can still get in the way. Whether it simply having faith in what is possible or tackling through some of the internal red-tape.
In my experience, just demonstrating to others around you that things can be done quicker than expected, can act as highly effective catalyse for bigger bits of work. Taking action on a few very visible quick wins, can be a great way to get integrations projects moving forward and moving fast. Here’s my top three:
Quick win #1: Where are things being done manually?
Look for where people are struggling to get things done on a day-to-day basis because they require too much work-by-hand. This could be moving data from one system to another with an export/import, a regular email exchange to update other teams or even an ‘automated’ integration that keeps breaking and needs on-going human intervention. Find the manual tasks that a well-performing integration would solve and get it automated, centralised and up in the cloud! Using integration platform as as service, such as ONEiO, can shorten the setup on time on work like this to less than one day, so it’s a really low-risk/high-reward approach to showing other teams who are bogged down with manual work, what value investing into further integrations can create for them.
Quick win #2: Start with departments who can lead the change
Integration is typically a very IT and Service Management led activity. However, teams such as sales and marketing now use just as much software and cloud-based services as many IT teams do, and their needs for high functioning integrations is just as high. Not only this, but in some organisations, these teams can carry much more clout and influence in terms of accelerating projects and investment. If teams using software such as Salesforce, HubSpot or Marketo can start to see the power of these tools talking more effectively, can feel the impact of better integration, you can start winning some pretty powerful friends! Having other departments, teams and people advocate the changes you want to create is one of the most effective assets to leverage with other stakeholders, when trying to campaign for project work.
Quick win #3: Get an integration up and running… tomorrow?
The great thing about modern integration solutions is that you can take advantage of pre-built and configured integrations. For example; if you are using ServiceNow and Jira, across your various IT and development teams, and you want to improve their ability to collaborate and share data… setup a simple integration that will enable that to happen.
Using tools such as ONEiO, will allow you to use out of the box and intelligent integrations, which can start working the moment you switch them on. No need for fiddling with API’s, weeks of testing or even any downtime on those tools. Just point, connect and go-live. Again, by demonstrating what can be achieved in no time at all and in a way that immediately creates more time and resources for other teams and managers, you are going to gain support for further expansion.
If you would like to take-action on these quick wins or perhaps other integration ideas of your own, what would help? Beyond bringing in technical solutions, talking to experienced experts will often give you the insight and confidence you need to start making important and effective work happen.
You can get in touch today with our team of integration specialists, who would love to hear about your integration goals and support you in creating high-performing integrations across you whole software and services ecosystem