Systems Integration: What to Look for in a Web-Based Solutions Development Company
Looking for a Web-based software solutions company to cater to your Internet Web design and development needs? The services such a company can offer and their skills in providing their services are determining factors that can dictate your business’s success or failure. So what sort of services would you want or need from a partner Web design and development company?
One crucial service is Web-based Systems Integration.
Systems Integration is the all-encompassing integration of all your systems into a central command and control hub from where you can use your multiple business systems simultaneously and hand in hand to further increase productivity or performance efficiency. In the simplest sense, let’s say you have brick and mortar stores and you also have an ecommerce website network, Systems Integration would enable you to connect your physical stores to your online storefronts. This means updates on actual stocks on goods would reflect on your Web-based stores and any information like particular product demand observed on one of your online stores would instantly reflect within your physical stores’ systems.
Aside from seamless coordination between multiple systems, for larger companies that have several divisions and departments having their own IT systems and management teams, Systems Integration would mean less effort and resources allocated for communication and coordination between possibly geographically distant departments, which in turn translates to increased overall operational efficiency and improved productivity in major company-wide endeavors.
There are many levels of businesses, however—almost as many types of Web-based systems used for varied purposes there are that can be incorporated into a Systems Integration scheme. Among the most important and effective of these systems are Internet marketing tools and ecommerce platforms as well as Web development frameworks.
Integrating Internet Marketing Platforms and Ecommerce
Internet marketing and ecommerce plays an integral role in a company’s growth in today’s information age. So aside from IT consulting and Web portal development—the more obvious Systems Integration tools—a Web-based solutions development company should be able to successfully integrate some of the most common and potent marketing tools there are today. Think social networking and blogging.
Social networking makes businessmen out of enthusiasts, serving as an instant and powerful awareness and marketing tool for anyone with enough of a network to spread word about something or other. Blogging, especially on such popular and equally powerful platforms such as WordPress, is also a great tool in an Internet marketing repertoire. Incorporating these two facets into Systems Integration should be included in the services of a solutions provider-partner.
Extensive Expertise in Powerful Open Source Web Development Frameworks
But beyond capitalizing on established and third party platforms for both Internet marketing and ecommerce, a potential provider-partner of Web-based software solutions should also have extensive expertise in such development frameworks as Drupal and Boonex. This is to enable the eventual conceptualization and development of a network of sites entirely owned, operated and maintained by your company without the assistance of third party platforms or sites. Expertise in other SQL and server technologies like Microsoft Site Server CE is also definitely necessary.