Information Management

Data Integration Services

Collecting data is a big part of running a successful business. Is your data easy to access? You need different types of data to make informed decisions, from finance, sales, marketing to operations to get a 360 view of your business. In order to make quick decisions to help you operate and scale, your data needs to be accessible.

If you’re still pulling data from multiple sources or systems and manually combining that data you’re wasting time and money. Instead, leverage technology to do this for you, and when done right, data integration can help reduce IT costs, free up resources, and encourage innovation.

How Our Data Integration Services Help:

We’ll architect your data from various sources into a single consolidated view so you can manage your business more efficiently.

Customized Solutions: We know every business is different, from financial accounting to sales and customer service, all these activities result in different data needs. Our process takes a deep dive into your goals and pain points and tailors a customized data integration solution for your organization.

Expert Recommendations: Our team is always at the forefront of data integration tools, systems, and processes. We know what solutions are available and will recommend the best combination of technology and processes to help you reach your data goals.

Why 5P is the Right Partner?

Our experience lets us implement a data integration solution efficiently and effectively. Having helped numerous businesses over the years, we know how to avoid common mistakes and make the right recommendations for your industry.

We’ll find the best technology solution to combine your existing data, collect new data, and give your team access to the information they need when they need it.

If you want your organization to thrive in the face of constant change, you need to invest in a solution that ensures your data is accurate and usable. And this is where data automation can help.

Two mature international product companies were purchased by a private equity company and merged. Post-merger they brought in a “Big 4 Consulting” company to help stand up the new organizations operations. As part of the charter of activities, they put new systems in place to help the new integrated company scale and run their business with data.

Building relationships and driving consumers down the sales funnel requires high-quality customer data. Integrating client data into your work processes can help you improve the impact on your bottom line.

“All businesses use various systems and tools to support their processes. Over time systems change or are replaced and people figure out ways to keep things in sync with their evolving business processes. For example, a lead in a CRM is converted into a customer and then manually entered into an ERP so they can bill. I call these ‘swivel’ integrations and every company has them. The problem is that they are error-prone and cause major manual effort for your company. At 5P, we are experts at leveraging technology to drive and enable your data integration strategy to ensure proper revenue management and reduce operating cost.”

Randy Jasinski, President

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What is Data Integration?

Data integration combines data from different sources into a single consolidated view or structure. It allows you to merge data currently being stored in multiple locations into one central location. This integration also makes your data more accessible to your team so they can make more accurate insights by using a larger data set.

When done right, data integration can help reduce IT costs, free up resources, and encourage innovation— all without having to make sweeping changes to existing applications or structures.

And while IT organizations have always been expected to integrate, the incentive for doing so has potentially never been as great as it is today.

Organizations with mature data integration capabilities can outperform their competitors with the following advantages:

  • Increased operational efficiency by eliminating the need to combine data sets manually
  • Improved data quality through automated data transformations
  • More valuable insights gleaned through a comprehensive view of data that can be easily analyzed

How Does Data Integration Work?

Let’s say you collect sales data and customer information, but the data is stored in separate programs. Sales data like monthly sales numbers and types of products sold are available in one program, while customer information, such as age and location, sits in a different program.

To form insights on customer location and the type of products bought, you have to gather data from two different sources. After retrieving the data you need, you then have to find a way to put it together. Depending on the platforms used to store the separate data sets, you might have problems getting the sales data to communicate with the customer data. The process will likely require converting files and manually entering information.

With data integration, you can access all of your data in one place and unlock insights that were previously unavailable or not as easy to obtain. The extra steps involved with pulling data from multiple sources and converting into a usable format are eliminated. When data is standardized, your entire data analytics strategy is more efficient, including collection, storage, and analysis. A more efficient data system means your employees can spend less time manually moving data.

Data Integration Strategy

Whether you have multiple programs that collect and store data or you simply need to combine two sources, data integration can help your business be more productive. You’ll need a data integration strategy to achieve this.

Your strategy should consider your current collection process and data needs. This includes determining where your existing data processes can be improved as well as what improvements will be most beneficial in reaching your data goals. For example, you wouldn’t want to choose a standardized format for your data if that format doesn’t make the data easy to use in your application. You also want to think about your future data needs so your data integration solution is scalable as your business grows.

Creating a data integration plan on your own could leave you feeling frustrated as you try to decide what solutions might work for your business. Luckily, 5P Consulting provides custom data integration solutions to help you build and implement a well-rounded integration strategy. Our process focuses on the unique needs of your organization to build a solution that works best for you.

When to Consider Data Integration

Joining disparate data sets will not only simplify your data but convert that information into something meaningful. And bringing all your data under one roof will help different departments across your organization better serve their clients and make faster, more informed decisions.

You should also consider data integration solutions if you want to spend less time carrying out tasks manually and more time focusing on the profitability of your business.

Plus, data integration consulting can help lower the risk of errors and ensure you get the most value from your applications, functions, and processes.

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