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When was the last time you went to the library and strolled through those gigantic shelves stacked with books? The bookshelves were probably so well arranged and well categorized that you must have thought twice before picking a book from the row and spoiling the symmetry! 

Every book is so neatly placed in an orderly fashion that you couldn’t resist praising the skills of the librarian. Chill, this article isn’t an essay on ‘Library: The Temple Of Knowledge’, neither is it about ‘The Advantages Of Reading’. It’s just that we surprisingly found that libraries and System Integration Software are similar in many ways! Really, how?

To begin with, a library is a place where information (books, media, or digital material) is stored, managed and presented. Similarly, System Integration Software is a tool to store and manage individual sub-systems and sub-components in an orderly fashion. First, it makes the resources (books, media, or material) easily available for users and then enables the users to achieve an interdependent central functionality to view and access resources. See, we told you they are quite similar to each other!

Well, that was just a glimpse of System Integration Software (read: your ultimate library) that links many elements and databases to a single system.

Let’s hop on to this article and explore every book in the library of System Integration Software!
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Let’s explore this library by reading a handbook that gives a basic overview of system integration.

Well, there are many ways that systems can be integrated. To begin with, a city's public transportation system is usually integrated with other modes of transportation outside the city, such as private car services or taxis. When it comes to businesses, the accounting system is integrated with payroll software so that all the data is available in one place. Moving ahead the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tool is integrated with email marketing tools so that it automatically sends out emails to your mailing list on your behalf when you create a new customer profile. A social media analytics tool should integrate with Facebook and Twitter so that you can see what posts performed the best and figure out which posts to share next based on their results. The list goes on and on.

Now, when you think about System Integration Software what comes to your mind?

Your answer could be words like
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or WMS (Workforce Management Software) which are often used as integrated software – but what exactly are they? What’s the evolution of this software? How does it work to help integrate various tools and modules? Does it use any methods, if yes then what are they? What’s its future?

We know that your mind must be filled with a lot of questions.  Let’s see if these notes about the concept can help you find the answers.
 

The Concept Of System Integration Software


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The increasing digitization of our world is changing the way we live every day. From self-driving cars to shopping online, our lives rely on software and information to communicate - and businesses are no exception to that. One of the most popular software for companies is System Integration Software (SIS). It’s a type of programming tool that connects two or more systems or software to help them communicate. For example, it might be used to connect a storefront system with an inventory database.

Systems Integration Software are programs that are used to integrate different types of business applications. They allow businesses to share information between different departments or divisions, integrate diverse systems and data sources, break down departmental barriers, increase efficiency and reduce costs. System Integration Software allows businesses to move data between various systems, work with legacy systems and develop an effective strategy for enterprise-wide operations.

After this quick rundown of the concept, let’s seek insights into the history of System Integration Software. 
 

A Brief History Of System Integration Software


Here’s a chapter or two about the history of this software.

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  • System integration was used earlier in large technical systems, namely railways and electricity. The Second World War led to the evolution of new techniques of system integration. During the 1940s, systems engineering was concerned with whole integrated systems e.g.- airframe, electronics and armaments. In 1953, Bernard Schriever became head of the Western Development Division and the credit for the popularizing system integration goes to him. (Thank you, Bernard Schriever!)

  • Later computer-aided design and manufactured systems came were developed. Moving ahead in 1975, Electronic Data Interchange sprouted as one of the first recorded system-integration technologies.

  • The term RPC was coined by Bruce Jay Nelson, an American computer scientist in 1981 that meant “Remote Procedure Calls.” These RPCs were used instead of a comprehensive integrated system that allowed the exchange of digital documents between two parties residing remotely from each other.

  • In the 1990s mobile operators began outsourcing these tasks and ‘mobile virtual network providers’ entered the market with their service offerings; they offered customers services such as online connections at any time or place without worrying about signing up for costly contracts.

  • That brings us to the present; these days System Integration Software is used by organizations to improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of operations by integrating various systems with one another.


It's time to unbox the working of System Integration Software.
 

The Step-by-Step Guide Of System Integration Software


Do you remember flipping through the pages of an atlas and wondering how awesome it was that you can see the oceans, mountain peaks, continents and countries fit into the books? Well, this section is no less than an atlas for you as it caters to every footstep of this gigantic library of SIS!

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  • Step 1 - Planning And Feasibility Analysis

    To start the integration process, you need to draw an accurate picture of your current software's technical specifications and define all the requirements for any planned integrations. You must plan for risks in advance, along with the reasons behind those risks if they occur during your project schedule (tip - always rely on data backup!).

  • Step 2 - Architecture Modeling

    In this step, you need to choose a common model or design your architecture to meet your specific requirements. You also require a detailed roadmap of how systems will communicate with other comprehensive systems after the integration.

  • Step 3 - Implementation

    Congratulations! Your new integrated system is ready to be thoroughly tested to ensure all systems work seamlessly with all modules without losing any data.

  • Step 4 - Maintenance

    Timely maintenance is important to make sure that the System Integration Software functions as flawlessly as possible. So, you are advised to schedule routine maintenance of the system, which includes performance diagnostics.


We hope you are now well-versed in System Integration Software. Let’s check out the different methods of this software in the following chapter!
 

Methods Of System Integration Software


Although the headers of this section might send you to the #throwback era of geometry classes, we bet the content is quite easy-breezy to understand.
 
  • Vertical Integration

    In contrast to the other types of systems integration, vertical systems integration is different because of its structure. Under this method, System Integration Software links each sub-system with each other directly. This method is fairly simple but it can be quite inflexible at times.

  • Star Integration

 
Star integration is essentially a collection of point-to-point system integrations. In other words, under this method, System Integration Software integrates several simple connections to create one connection or a star, so each system has multiple connections.
 
  • Horizontal Integration

    Horizontal integration refers to linking all the subsystems with one main system. This is achieved by using a single specialized interface layer which becomes common for all other subsystems to reduce the number of connections necessary for system integration. In a nutshell, horizontal integration means that changes made in any of these subsystems will be automatically updated everywhere else as well.


Do you know what’s next? It’s the most interesting section of this library with the three most amazing books about the benefits of SIS! #EnjoyStrolling
 

Benefits Of System Integration Software


Here we present the three most amazing books that state the essential benefits that SIS steps in with!


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  • Efficiency Will Come Calling

    One of the many benefits of System Integration Software is that it supports the organization’s need for efficiency and productivity. It automates the management of various systems so that your employees can handle important tasks that require manual efforts and attention, instead of figuring out how to integrate one system with another.

  • It’s Time To Kill The Mocking Expenses

    Disintegrated programs and systems require you to have the assistance of professional teams in terms of management and maintenance, which might cost you a fortune. On the contrary, System Integration Software helps you cut expenses as everything is managed at a central location.

  • In Search Of Customer Loyalty

    Working with different systems and projects can take a lot of your time, while a unified system integration makes the task of time management easier for you. So, with System Integration Software, you can accomplish better customer experiences by reducing the time spent on other tasks related to managing a varied range of software. This leads to higher consumer loyalty.


Disclaimer – Before you head on to the next section don’t forget to put on your sunglasses because it talks all about the bright future of System Integration Software!
 

The Future Of System Integration Software


It is often said that a library is a place vibrating with ideas. Well, System Integration Software is no exception to it as its future is vibrating with some noteworthy trends.

The first trend on our radar is total digitalization and modernization of IT systems! This will eventually enable organizations to ensure maximum security and reliability while connecting with a range of technologies such as cloud applications and business processes. Besides this, it will allow System Integration Software to blend different systems in an even more instantaneous and configurable way enabling businesses to compete in a digital-savvy world.

The future is all set to float on the cloud; hence it will no longer entertain the traditional, on-premises method of system integration. Besides this, new SaaS vendor platforms will assist businesses to manage various software integrations provided by them. We will see System Integration-as-a-Service facilitate the real-time exchange of data and programs among enterprise-wide systems. Simply put, system integration will stand by your trusted SaaS platforms to help you choose the best and most productive SaaS system integrations.
 

It’s A Wrap…


In this fast-paced era, businesses are always looking for ways to make operations more efficient and
reduce costs. In the past, it has been difficult to make changes without affecting other parts of the business. However, System Integration Software has emerged as larger than life library that makes this possible by enabling companies to integrate different systems across various departments with ease. This is eventually making it easier for brands to innovate and streamline their operations. On this note, it’s time to wrap up this little tour. We hope you enjoyed reading this article!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is System Integration Software?


System Integration Software (SIS) is a type of programming tool designed to connect two or more systems or software applications, enabling seamless communication between them. In practical terms, SIS facilitates the integration of various systems within a business environment, allowing for the sharing of information across different departments or divisions. For instance, SIS might be utilized to link a storefront system with an inventory database, enabling real-time updates on product availability. By integrating diverse systems and data sources, SIS helps break down departmental barriers, increase efficiency, and reduce operational costs for businesses.

What Is the History of System Integration Software?


The history of System Integration Software traces back to the mid-20th century when concepts of system integration were primarily applied in large technical systems such as railways and electricity. The evolution of new techniques during the Second World War spurred advancements in system integration, with a focus on integrated systems like airframes, electronics, and armaments. Notably, Bernard Schriever played a crucial role in popularizing system integration during the 1950s. Subsequent decades witnessed the emergence of computer-aided design and manufactured systems, alongside technologies like Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the 1970s. The term "RPC" (Remote Procedure Calls) was coined in 1981, marking a milestone in system integration technologies. Today, System Integration Software is widely adopted by organizations to enhance efficiency, productivity, and quality of operations across various systems.

How Does System Integration Software Work?


System Integration Software operates through a step-by-step process aimed at seamlessly integrating different systems and modules within an organization. The process typically begins with planning and feasibility analysis, where the technical specifications of existing software are assessed, and integration requirements are defined. Subsequently, architecture modeling involves designing a system architecture that meets specific integration needs. Implementation follows, wherein the integrated system is developed and thoroughly tested to ensure seamless functionality. Maintenance is crucial for ongoing system performance, involving regular diagnostics and updates to ensure smooth operation. Overall, System Integration Software works by orchestrating the seamless flow of data and processes between disparate systems, enhancing organizational efficiency and collaboration.

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