While all roads might lead to Rome, not all roads will take you to your destination in an equally fast and smooth way. It is a little bit the same with data integration. Many tools will enable you to integrate your Salesforce with Microsoft Dynamics, but the process will be more or less chaotic depending on the approach you choose. And what is the best solution, one may ask? In reality, companies have different needs, requirements and constraints, and you cannot say that “one solution fits all”. What is important for you when you need to choose a data integration solution, is to understand the pros and cons of each of the options you have.
Let's take a look at different scenarios.
Many companies operating in a distributed environment need to put an extra effort into making sure they have accurate and good quality data. When you have a setup with hundreds of local retail shops, overseas production sites or simply sales or repairmen distributed over a large territory and each working from an individual laptop, it can be very challenging to create reports and analyze data. In order to do that, organizations need to be able to access transactional data in all local systems. They need all data captured locally to be automatically transferred between the systems in order to avoid double data entry. This way only they can base their decisions on accurate and up-to-date data, throughout the organization. Linking the different systems is an absolute must-do. A replication solution is the answer.
Data is information, and information is knowledge. Fast and effective access to data has become crucial. By giving employees accurate and trustworthy data, effective data management can give companies a tremendous competitive advantage. But how do you secure that all relevant employees get access to the data they need in a distributed environment?
Take for example a retail chain with a central ERP system at headquarters and up to hundreds retail stores each having their own solution. How do you ensure that all entities are up-to-date and share the same, accurate information in order to make informed decision? Can you make sure that all transactions created locally are registered centrally?