As with any technological decision, when faced with the choice of bringing an integration tool, such as BizTalk Server, into your business versus maintaining the status quo, there are often many pros and cons. The status quo represents comfort, expected results, and safety. A change represents the unknown.
The risk of the status quo
Yet, the status quo can also represent significant risk because the odds are good that your competition is not waiting. They are moving forward with technological change, and ensuring they are not left behind. Your competitors are faced with the same decisions as you. What should they do next? How should they invest their time and resources? And statistics show that most companies are already invested in managing the seamless flow of data in their organizations through improved processes and interoperability.
Ask yourself. Are you still choosing to go with the comfort of the status quo because it seems that the systems you implemented one or more decades ago have been working “just fine” all these years?
Are you certain you should be feeling so comfortable?
Maintaining the technological edge
One of the greatest benefits that BizTalk Server brings to an organization centers around interoperability, which provides the ability to combine disparate systems using a single enterprise level tool, BizTalk. BizTalk opens the possibilities for both the IT decision maker and the enterprise as a whole.
The integration of internal systems and applications, as well as the B2B benefits of an integration tool like BizTalk, may remind us of some of the opportunities and risks associated with the start of network systems. At that time, many business users and veteran IT managers were accustomed to standalone systems, and the migration to networked systems was not universally embraced.
However, early adopters quickly recognized the benefits, and saw networks as the new pathway to progress and a means for maintaining an edge with their competition.
During college, I worked part-time for a large organization, and the IT decisions often revolved around whether or not to invest in the current trend toward connected workstations. Today, it is hard to imagine that this was a decision that had to be made.
Enter BizTalk Server
Today, BizTalk Server is a mature product several generations in as part of Microsoft’s suite of tools. However, I am often left with a familiar feeling as some organizations still wait – unaware that speed and accuracy are the name of the game.
BizTalk flexibility and integration
BizTalk allows for infinite flexibility. When combined with an experienced and certified BizTalk implementation partner, like TwoConnect, it provides your organization the ability to interact seamlessly with vendors, customers, and partners.
BizTalk enables you to:
- Keep track of every aspect of your business activity.
- Identify bottlenecks in your processes.
- Establish effective and smooth-running workflows.
- Eliminate the risks of human interaction throughout key processes.
- Increase communication throughout every application running in your business.
BizTalk allows for an unparalleled sharing of data throughout the entire organization. It is a critical component in the evolution of a company’s IT lifecycle.
If you are still debating whether or not BizTalk is right for your organization, don’t wait too long.