As infrastructures grow in the expanding, ever-changing world of IT, so do the divides between departments and systems. Between servers, storage, applications, networks, and the different teams in charge of managing it all, unity can sometimes be an elusive goal for IT Managers to attain. The crux of the matter is that heterogeneous infrastructures are extremely complex – and not in a good way. Their inefficiencies eat away at budgets, from high operational costs, to the added software and hardware costs. There is an answer to solve this chaos, however. End to end integrations.
Imagine operating from one centralized platform. With end to end system integration, visibility increases, automation rates skyrocket, system monitoring and controls improve, and data collection for logistics and business analytics evolves dramatically. Also, with simplified deployments, your IT staff can reduce labor and administration costs while speeding up application and platform launches.
But not all system integrations reap such efficient rewards. The secret to a successful end-to-end integration involves the following purposeful steps:
Start by integrating networks. The key here is to make sure your company’s platforms play well with one another. If you have systems from multiple vendors, including Macintosh, to IBM, Windows, and beyond, then protocols are the key technology needed to bridge the gap. Don’t rip and replace – capitalize on past investments.
Next, unify storage. Allow data to be accessed from multiple sources. This includes databases, file systems, and other storage devices. Conjoining applications follows closely behind. This includes having new applications work and function with existing ones.
Once the applications are taken care of, setting up a cohesive management strategy is next. Management interoperability is where businesses and IT departments reap the most rewards. After connecting systems, operations, and data, administrators / account managers can achieve more with extra time to devote to other projects.
The final and most important building block to any end-to-end integration is testing. This is a continuous step, and the only way to detect incompatibilities and configuration errors before a catastrophe strikes. By utilizing live database and network connections, you can make sure your software, systems, and unit-tested components are working together flawlessly.
ProShip, Inc. was built to align with our customers’ challenges and guide them to precisely the right solutions. Our core competencies in systems integration and software development allow us to assist customers in building IT plans that will evolve with their enterprises. Call on our specialized team of IT and software engineers to discover the value and competitive edge that your company can gain through an optimized, synced, and interoperable IT environment.
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