As your company continues to grow, you’ll likely require more from your current software systems. Custom software offers so many benefits to businesses, but you’ll need to think about how you will integrate it. Our team can help you through every step of the process, so let’s take a look at what you can expect to happen during the custom software integration process.

What is custom software integration?

Custom software integration is the process of connecting your custom software with other systems that are used for processes within your business. While you may be planning to have a brand new piece of custom software created for your company, you may require it to run alongside existing applications. There are many types of APIs you could integrate with your custom software, and we see this happening with many apps, which rely on Google Maps or other similar services to function. The end result of custom software integration offers you a complete solution to make your day-to-day tasks much easier to finish.

Custom software integration can take multiple pieces of software and make them into one functioning app. For companies that are constantly looking for ways to improve their current processes, this could be key to increasing your productivity significantly in the upcoming years. When you are looking to streamline your business, you may discover that you are using multiple pieces of software to carry out basic tasks. Instead of fully replacing these, you can have your custom software communicate with them through API integration.

Why should you consider custom software integration?

Custom software integration offers so many benefits to businesses of all sizes. Custom software allows you to enjoy a more personalised solution that’s tailored to your business needs. This is because it only focuses on the tasks your employees need to complete. By integrating other applications with your custom software, they’ll have everything they need in one place. To get their work done staff will no longer need to switch between various software applications. Companies and employees will soon notice their productivity increases, offering cost and time savings for business owners.

What are the benefits of custom software integration?

Custom software integration allows your business to receive a unique and innovative product. After working with our team, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind product that’s tailored to your business needs. This can help your organisation to scale and increase the number of customers you receive in the future. You’ll find that your productivity quickly improves, and your employees are more driven in their work. They won’t feel frustrated using outdated software each day and will feel more encouraged and valued. Make sure you ask for your employees’ opinions when you are designing custom software, as they will be the ones using it.

The return on investment that most companies experience after creating custom software and integrating it with their existing applications is great. Within just a few weeks or months, most companies notice the project was well worthwhile and believe it was one of the best investments they’ve ever made for their company. When it comes to continuing to use this solution in the future, our team will be here to support you and offer any updates or changes you may decide you need. We’ll be here to support you when your business expands or needs further custom software integration work completed.

Different ways to complete custom software integration

There are a few different options when it comes to custom software integration. Our team will be able to advise you on what solution you’ll need to use depending on your current requirements.

Vertical integration

This type of integration is based on functioning, and it works best with intradepartmental systems. For example, if your HR team needs access to your scheduling systems and accounting information, this is when this type of integration will be most useful. It is often used to connect an older (legacy) system with new software so that the older system is still accessible.

Horizontal integration

Sometimes known as enterprise service bus (ESB), this type of integration works like a bus would, stopping at various stations on its journey. Each subsystem is therefore independent of the others, so you can replace one without affecting another. While it’s slightly more costly in the first place, it’s a good long-term solution.

Star integration

Finally, star integration creates a type of web which connects all of the systems. Each system will have multiple different connections, which combines the whole system. It’s a cost-effective solution for small and medium-sized businesses but isn’t the best long-term solution. Issues with one system, would mean replacement of the whole.

We can help!

If you are considering custom software or thinking about application integration for your business, contact our team at BSPOKE Software today. We’ll be happy to discuss your needs and how custom software integration could benefit your company moving forward.