You probably recognize this: all your valuable data is stored in your ERP system and all your employees use it daily, but due to the continuous development of the organisation, things keep changing.
- For example, a new CRM system is implemented or a new marketing software tool, which also generates valuable new data;
- You want to expand your sales activities by connecting your web store to BOL.com or Amazon;
- You supplier has a new system to download data from, which you want to convert to a different file format and to which you want to add data, all to have the full product information available on your own system;
And you can think of many more examples for wanting to have data available in the right format in the right place.
But how can you enable all the data to integrate with each other?
In practice, it often occurs that data from one system is processed manually before it can be imported in the other system. Manual labour is time-consuming and prone to errors. Luckily, this process can be made much simpler.
Data integration refers to connecting existing and new business applications within a network environment and with the outside world. Data leaves from a starting point, is transferred, and converted into usable data at its end point. Data integration increases efficiency, allowing your employees to commit more time to lifting your organisation to a higher level.
Many people believe that application and data integration is only suitable for larger companies, as it would be very costly and high in maintenance.
However, an integration solution is also preferable and possible for smaller organisations! The data within your organisation increases daily, so why not create the right connections to prevent losing valuable time on issues you do not want to spend it on?
The origin of Dovetail is the book Enterprise Integration Patterns, which describes all the different data integrations and transformations of data streams. Dovetail is an ESB, a vertical bus that connects end points by means of network protocols, applications and language that all already exist within the organisation.
Dovetail can realise connections between all systems and standard comes with connections for the most frequently used start and end points. You can find a list of several frequently used connections below.