Proper business automation
Every day there appears a kind of startup that finds the so-called "secret sauce" - the magic ingredient with the help of which any automation task is ideally solved. Startups choose narrow tasks to concentrate on and create the maximum breakthrough with the lowest possible budget. Large companies that provide integrated solutions are surrounded by breakthrough newcomers at the market. As a result, major players have to buy all the viable innovations, and try to merge them with their products that have been developing for decades. Sometimes it turns out great, but most often there is a snowball, inside which there is a technology of the nineties, and outside - social networks for corporate intranets, mobile shells for 1000 * 1000 tables, and augmented reality for managers. What should do managers who want to stay in their reality and use automation features as efficiently as possible?
There are two main strategies: implementation of a comprehensive solution and integration of several highly specialized ones. As for large business, there is a third option - integration of comprehensive solutions. We will omit this option. The problems are the same there - the aggregate of the first two cases, but the scale is much larger and the variations are more diverse.
It became clear quite a long time ago that not a single ready-made major solution would close all issues even in ideally organized companies. The next step after a large-scale implementation is improvement of the functionality and/or integration with third-party systems. It is better to read about the improvement in a separate article “What is worth tightening of the management system” . And the main question for integration is which system will be the main master system processing the data of the entire company? Most often it is either a business intelligence system or an accounting system. But a business intelligence system is not designed for operational work, and an accounting system is by definition only suitable for accountants (although sometimes this important point is forgotten).
The architecture of modern business systems must meet the high demands of flexibility, maintainability and scalability so that the implemented system not only can work properly, but also constantly develop and modernize. Full automation is an endless process, the same as development of the company as a whole. Choosing a master system is a very important process that a business owner must plunge into.