In many businesses, buying software is like buying groceries when you’re hungry. Everything looks good to you, so you end up getting a little bit of everything and spending way more money than intended. And when you try to make a meal with everything you bought, it resembles a bad entree from Chopped or a dish that only a desperate college student would find appetizing.
This paradigm rings true with how too many firms approach software and app procurement. Everything looks good as is, so lots of apps are purchased. This is especially true when each department is in charge of procuring its own software.
Today, with self-service app procurement being easier than ever, the number of apps in a typical department is often in the dozens if not in the hundreds in the average enterprise.
But when it comes to making all these disparate solutions place nice with one another, the end result is usually more co-ed slop than gourmet. Like any good meal though, you just need a good recipe to turn ingredients into something spectacular.
We here at Jitterbit are here to help with our citizen integrator recipes of the week series. Our self-service app integration solution helps you combine your disparate apps into something grander that helps make everyone in the business more effective and efficient. This week, our theme is finance.
How the finance department benefits from self-service integration
There are few departments in a typical business that have to interact with as many different people and apps as finance. In order to do their jobs well, the finance team needs to have accurate and up-to-date numbers from everyone internally, all partner firms and all customers or clients. All of those stakeholders will have dozens of software solutions in place and few, if any, will be properly integrated.
It’s easy to see as well what can go wrong when the finance department doesn’t have the right information on hand. Bills aren’t paid in time or in full, paychecks are delayed and taxes are inaccurate, among many other possible issues.
Luckily, solving these common data discrepancies is now fairly straightforward. A robust data integration platform ensures that the finance team always has the best data on hand, no matter who they’re working with or what they need.
For example, consider the benefits of integrating NetSuite with Salesforce. These types of integrations make quote-to-order and data migration easier than ever before, with no data discrepancies or lost time trying to double-check for accuracy.
And these benefits are improved upon further when they can be turned on in a truly self-service fashion. By not having to rely on one person or a small number of people to integrate everything within a given enterprise, the finance team (among others, like sales and marketing and ecommerce) can have these beneficial integrations in place in record time.
No business can afford to have inefficiencies and inaccuracies in its finance department. With a truly self-service data integration platform in place, anyone can combine many disparate apps. This synergy can help finance and any other department to perform at peak capacity.
Learn more about self-service integration now.