Our client is every company that needs to solve complex problems or add new features in the scope of warehouse management, which is not possible to implement in their current software. Also, the customer wants a system that will be well integrated with the client’s existing software.
Most companies already have their internal systems (e.g. accounting systems, ERP) which they often implemented for several years, and already have trained employees on how to use them. So usually, customers do not want new solutions, although they really need to add new functionalities that their internal software not have and can’t have. There is a moment when extending the old system with new functionalities is no longer possible – after some time, the old technology may not allow for further development, the technical debt increases. However, it is also not a good solution to totally replace the old system with a completely new one. It is much better to simply integrate them.
Running multiple systems can be challenging, for example when it comes to sharing data between the different systems and/or an old operating system. For example, when implementing two systems that are not integrated, one system cannot use information from the 2nd one. It requires arduous duplicating information and entering into both systems separately.
Integration of IT systems
The integration of our system with the client’s one allows preserving their existing solutions without turning everything upside down. Thanks to that, they can use resources from their internal software and, simultaneously, gains our solution with additional functionalities that cover new, previously non-computerized areas. The goal of our activities is to integrate planned and existing IT solutions, in order to minimize tedious manual data transferring within those systems and ensure the highest possible data consistency.
The example from a production company
The system with which we integrate at one of our clients is used for accounting. Data exchange is necessary because such a case is related to the finances in the customer’s old system. However, this old system does not provide the functionalities necessary for warehouse management in a production company. There is, for example, no clear identification of raw materials.
In one of their internal systems is a catalog of products and raw materials (including delivery dates, product prices, the number of products in stock, etc.). The amount of raw material that is in stock (real state) often differed from that entered in the system (e.g. due to incorrect settlement of delivery, loss, etc.). We strive to even out these discrepancies as much as possible.
Effective exchange of information
We add an additional layer of data that is needed to accurately monitor the number of raw materials in production. This helps in the future, e.g. when considering complaints or stocktaking of the warehouse. The most important is data consistency between systems and minimizing data gaps.
Technologies behind the solution
Integration could be provided on various levels, depending on preexisting software solutions. Our possible integration options include Web API, XML web services or more complicated ones like creating custom XML web service connector using COM objects of dedicated, non XML-enabled .NET application.
Introducing a new system does not always require replacing the current one. You can computerize/improve part of the enterprise leaving the existing systems.
It is thanks to our effective integration between our application and the customer’s systems. Data from one system are used in others, they do not need to be moved manually, which allows effective data reuse, enhanced data analysis, and faster reporting.
Data exchange between systems gives management the possibility to make informed decisions, which helps in gaining or maintaining a leading market position in the industry.
Who can benefit?
VirtusLab’s team can carry out complex integrations for all companies that need such a solution. For years we have been helping companies through designing effective and reliable solutions that not only save money and time but also help increase productivity, peak sales, and support internal processes and development.