Today’s large businesses are like cities when it comes to systems that are out of sight or underground. These hidden systems are critical to the city’s success and include things every resident takes for granted, like water pipes and sewer systems.
These systems allow the many residents, buildings and vehicles to coexist in delicate harmony. The harmony is “delicate” because it is only as deep as the next broken connection. Broken sewer lines, downed power poles, and other failed connections cause inconvenience and delays, and they could even be downright dangerous.
As in a city, the hidden systems that keep your business running smoothly require connections. Business-critical systems such as SAP solutions fulfill their purposes best when they connect properly to other systems and to people. However, several common roadblocks inhibit effective connections between data and people:
- Data silos. Business data lives in multiple systems across different departments or lines of business. It is often time consuming and inefficient for users to access data from those distinct systems.
- Costs and/or difficulty of change. Although systems such as SAP solutions are business-critical, they can be difficult to customize or change. Costly and time-consuming coding is often required.
- Lack of visibility. Processes can break down or get stuck due to a missed approval or an unexpected change in workflow. But hours or days might pass before the problem is identified and corrected.
- Manual processes. Some organizations still circulate an email attachment to get signatures or approvals. Manual processes like this are prone to risk, error and delays and can undermine connections between people and the data they need to be effective.
Because of these and other challenges, valuable data that should inform better business decisions often remains untapped and underutilized, accessible to only a few system specialists. Imagine a city-wide water system that requires consumers to drive to one or two faucets to get their water. The lack of connections would lead to tremendous inefficiency and waste.
The same is true for a business’s systems. When people are more connected to business data, they can make better business decisions.
You can make connections simple, secure and intuitive with the K2 business applications platform. Applications built using K2 reach across departments and lines of business, so the right people have the right information at the right time to make smart, data-driven decisions, fast. You can easily connect your applications to your current systems, such as SAP solutions, Microsoft SharePoint or Salesforce solutions, to work with data securely from across your entire organization without having to store it, ever.
Check out our interactive infographic for a look at the systems that drive your business and how you can deliver data to users more effectively.