Increased Process Efficiency and Reduced Latency
The elimination of redundant manual tasks and inefficient processes results in increased efficiency and reduced latency. With a revenue-sensitive set of business processes, such as order to cash processes – where time is literally money, it’s crucial to take latency out of processes. Efficient business integration enables the fast turnaround of orders, invoices, payments and other documents that are involved in the order to cash cycle.
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Error Reduction and Quality Improvement
Business integration allows organizations to automate systems, implement automated validations and look-ups, and provide on-demand visibility. This ensures accuracy of the information, introducing higher levels of quality and a lower level of errors.
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Analyzing process activities “on the fly” to make timely critical business decisions requires a tool that provides end-to-end visibility to both technical and non-technical users. In Nahid Jilovec’s white paper, Top Ten “Must Haves” of an Integration Solution, Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) is cited as a major piece of your integration solution to ensure that all processes are running smoothly.
A good integration solution should provide real-time views of all end-to-end transactions, processes and events through the use of configurable dashboards, flexible report creation, and rules-based alerts and notifications. With a BAM solution, you can define what data will be displayed and how. For example, you can apply filters to your key performance indicator (KPI) reports to identify which of your trading partners are hitting your system the most over a specified period of time. You might also want to create a view to show the status of key system operations like the integration server or a series of queues.
To assist in identifying which processes came from a specific event, the BAM solution should allow users to easily create and run log filters over processes. Because integration solutions keep a log of all inbound and outbound transactions, users can design their own custom log searches based on status or results.
Check out the Top Ten “Must Haves” of an Integration Solution white paper to help measure if your integration solution truly provides more streamlined processes, full on-demand visibility, and accurate reporting.
When facing the challenge to reduce the cost of data transformation mapping in e-business integration, you might want to consider the method of sharing reusable base maps. In Part 1 of the Mapping Strategies for e-Business Integration webcast, your host, Jim O’Leary, explains the value of cloud-based pattern sharing by shifting the focus of reuse from base maps to mapping patterns and supplementing pattern-driven mapping with other automated methods.
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The decision to implement an integration solution usually leads to more requirements, more questions and more complexity. Overall, implementing an integration solution, large or small, can be a daunting task. Many factors must be considered, such as: Continue reading
I’ve written elsewhere about how important data transformation mapping is to all kinds of e-business integration, and how mapping dominates integration lifecycle costs, overall. Mapping is fundamental to Business-to-Business (B2B) integration (e.g., using EDI), application integration, data integration, and many cloud application and service integration cases, as well.
Although drag-and-drop mapping is a data transformation mapping mainstay, assisted (“automated”) mapping, map reuse, and other strategies can be far more efficient and cost-effective, under the right circumstances. But IT professionals and project leaders seeking more efficient ways to create and maintain transformation maps face a conundrum – no single mapping strategy works in all cases. Continue reading