3 Tips to a successful integration with Sage
No doubt you are looking over the Realisable IMan website as you have identified a pain point between your business software applications. The reasons are numerous, but the motive is likely to bring back to one familiar problem…lack of integration between your website, industry solution and Sage accounting software.
You are not alone and in actual fact at Oakley ERP we have successfully paired IMan integration with Sage with over 60% of our customer base.
Whether this is connecting a bespoke software application or a more recognised solution such as Concur Expenses we have successfully merged our development skills and experience of Sage with our strong partnership with Realisable.
Take advantage of our experience and take a look over 3 tips to gaining a smooth integration with Sage:
1. A Clear Understanding Of What You Want To Achieve
All too often it can become a blanket statement with the buzzwords of automation and integration. However it is more important to understand what you would gain from undertaking such a project. While it is all very well syncing data from one application to another, but what does the data sync actually achieve. For example you might be looking to free up staff that would have to manually key in the data which is not just time consuming but also prone to human error.
With a few calculations you will soon be able to start working out potential ROI from an integration project and of course while the numbers speak, don’t discount the emotional benefits of providing staff with better workflows.
2. Gain A Closer Understanding Of The Value To Assign To The Project
While an unfamiliar and custom integration project can take a heavy dip into the business budget IMan can change this perception, as the initial integration tool to Sage is built and requires a custom development around it to integrate with your application. While there can be bigger integration projects, generally this can make projects take a lot less time than you would think. The benefit of working with an experienced IMan partner is that having worked on a number of integration projects the estimates are likely to be close to the final figure as learning curves and similar projects can be called upon for reference.
At Oakley through our experience and expertise we are able to provide estimates for IMan integration projects with around 98% coming in as quoted.
3. Ensure You Appoint A Project Leader
If you are considering an Integration project with your Sage solution then it is vital to know that you have a go to contact appointed from your side to the project. They need to champion the project and help make the integration side of it work as smoothly as possible. There will be a lot of communication between both parties and having the assigned contact can really make the difference to a quicker and easier project completion and bringing it on budget.
About the Author
David Weaver works as Marketing Manager at Oakley Global, a leading Sage Business Partner and IMan Business Partner. Oakley have delivered many successful Sage projects and routinely include IMan development in the majority of proposals. Discover more about our leading Sage solutions Sage 200 and Sage 300.