Centralisation is packed full of juicy benefits that are good for the business, and it can solve some tricky business challenges
Centralisation adds immense value to the organisation. It streamlines data processing and updates, it reduces reporting times, and it increases organisational transparency, among many other tasty morsels of operational benefit. Centralisation is also easily integrated across multiple silos and solutions which means it’s futureproof, simplified and seamless. It can also help resolve some of the most common business challenges that limit scale, flexibility and access to information. In part 01 of this series we looked at why centralisation is an important investment [link here] and in part 02 we are looking at how centralisation can be used to resolve legacy business challenges.
Many organisations struggle with the complexities that have arisen alongside data and legacy applications and infrastructure. It’s understandable. Data and tech have exploded with a ferocity few could have predicted and most corporate systems were not designed for the rapid influx of information and the demand for insights and access. For companies that want to thrive in the modern marketplace, data is the new currency of success. It’s the key to improved decision making, the doorway to pivot and agility, and the ability to change direction on a dime. It also doesn’t need for the business to spend a fortune reinventing the wheel…
Let’s look at Company A
ProSolutions worked with a company that was facing quite a few challenges when it came to managing data and streamlining architecture. The company had limited access to knowledge and technical skills and had to deal with a distributed system that had no integration architecture and no architectural strategy. There was no central portal that allowed for easy access to information and there was duplicate capture in various systems.
On top of these complexities, the company also had slow legacy systems, needed to undertake manual data clean-ups every month, and had limited remote access. The pain point list was long: daily data changes, zero insights into data trends, no data accuracy, no data understanding, no audits, and no way to cross-reference data, to name a few. It was a challenging technical landscape that needed revision so the company could revisit its data access and reshape its transparency and access.
So how can these challenges be resolved?
ProSolutions worked with the client to find a more efficient way forward based on the maturity of the IT environment. The company implemented architectural guiding principles and standards to help develop a more robust and relevant architectural framework that was aligned with strategy. In addition, the team decoupled systems and read data from a central operational data store and developed the automated distribution of data between systems during and after the initial data migration. The solution included the ability to manage data clean-ups during the ETL process and the staging of data prior to final import.
ProSolutions developed an integration layer that was designed to manage the data migration process easily and a central location from which all applications could be read from. They also worked closely with the client to provide ongoing support throughout. The result is a successful implementation that has changed operations and productivity for the business.
Now, the client has no duplicate data capturing processes and more confidence in the accuracy of its data. ProSolutions collaborated with the client throughout to turn muddy, complex and messy data into a seamless user experience alongside reliable reports and superb data insights and control. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you change your data story, contact us today.