Every high-growth business grapples with decisions around the best business system to manage its expanding operations. Proper planning of an integrated business management software system often takes a back seat to short-term revenue acceleration goals. As a consequence, various disparate applications are installed at different points in time in various functional areas, resulting in business process inefficiencies and software integration challenges. But how did these problems arise in the first place, and how can they be avoided?
Architecture of a Typical Siloed Business System
A rapidly growing company can quickly become entangled with a complex application landscape. When starting out, companies first install accounting software such as QuickBooks so that they can manage their bookkeeping.
In the quest to acquire more customers, companies then put in standalone opportunity management systems, along with separate systems for resolving customer support issues. Inventory management, order management and fulfillment systems get addressed with disparate software and spreadsheets.
To further increase top-line revenue, many companies will open new office locations and embrace additional sales channels resulting in more sophisticated processes for ecommerce integration, recurring billing, financial consolidation, amongst others. Additional business software to support these processes can take the form of standalone applications from different vendors, homegrown applications, or a variety of spreadsheet workarounds.