When you have multiple software platforms that all speak easily with each other and connect fluidly, your workflow and business process automation is a breeze and expansion follows in suit.
But when you’ve got more than one application or program that each operate independently, be prepared for data silos and resultant havoc.
And don’t be surprised if your business folds up and ceases operations entirely within the following months or at most 1-2 years.
Without proper integration, your time in today’s online arena will be short lived and rapidly forgotten as another more organized and prepared contender steps onto the floor and prevails.
That said, what will it cost you to win?
The Big Boys
If you’ve ever sat down at your desk, frustrated and at wits end, trying to figure out how in God’s name to coral your plethora of applications and rogue software programs, it’s likely that you have run across some of the big names in the field.
There are several companies that dominate the field of integration and work solely to provide integration software that connects applications and various data platforms and devices.
One of the most well-known companies that does exactly this is MuleSoft.
The creator of MuleSoft was motivated by the same frustration you’ve likely felt when not being able to connect to the various digital applications you work with on the daily.
This software has now become the leading integration software for SaaS and APIs and is used at an enterprise level on the daily.
While this is a perfect solution for a larger business who is willing to invest a good sum of money, the same can’t be said for a small or medium sized business trying to get off the ground.
If you want to get started with MuleSoft, be prepared to spend six figures (as in over 100,000 dollars) when you total up the costs of the initial price and the personnel you will need to hire or train to use the software.
The same goes for the other big players in the field such as Decisions and Jitterbit.
Is There Another Option?
Another popular integration solution that has nearly become a household name in the past two years is Zapier. The word “zap” has even been coined to mean a single Zapier connection.
Zapier works great for anyone who has a limited number of transactions. If you want to connect up a couple programs that have a small amount of traffic and daily use, Zapier might be the right choice for you.
The set-up is relatively simple and intuitive and it doesn’t take hiring a full-time staff member to only handle your connections.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something more comprehensive that can be tailored to your exact needs and customization but you don’t feel like spending (or have no way to) 100,000 dollars or more, you might want to consider Connections by MindCloud.
What MindCloud Does Differently
As a burgeoning CEO or the founder of a promising start-up, one of the most common frustrations is the failure of proper data integration whether originating from order management, data entry, personnel, finance, customer and business records or a combination thereof.
Without solving this at once, countless business leaders get crushed by the tidal wave that comes from improper administration.
The creators at MindCloud have put in the work and effort to gather information from executives throughout diverse industries and used this input to develop products that strive to solve the difficulties encountered.
This has now been successfully accomplished in the form a customizable integration platform that connects all needed software programs, platforms and devices.
Connections by MindCloud is currently being used daily throughout the world to bring about rapid expansion and scaling amongst businesses of all sizes.
If you are faced with an integration issue or need assistance connecting your digital platforms and would like an opportunity to solve this at a fraction of the going cost, contact MindCloud today for a free consultation and quote.