The Importance of System Integration in Construction

System Integration in Construction

Technology is now an inherent part of the construction industry and is modernizing the way building and infrastructure programs are run. When disparate enterprise systems manage core components of a project—such as scheduling, funding status, bids awarded, invoices, and accounting—they do not share real-time data with your organization’s Project Management Information System or PMIS.

This creates an information gap leaving program managers at a disadvantage. As a result, the Progam Manager and PM fail to gain complete visibility into the health of their programs.

What is System Integration?

In today’s world of connected construction, it is imperative to automate complex workflows, enhance operational efficiencies, and enable collaboration across teams. Owners depend on legacy systems to collect, track, and analyze the project data. However, this process involves alternating between disparate enterprise systems that do not share real-time data—such as scheduling, funding status, bids awarded, invoices, and accounting. System Integration is often referred to as the collective process of bringing together component sub-systems into one functional system. It builds into a single coherent view by making the parts or components work together To put it simply, it helps in ‘building or creating a whole from different parts’.

OnIndus, with its vast experience in construction project management using technology solutions, has helped many leading organizations with enterprise-level Systems Integration solutions to drive consistency and accuracy. We design solutions keeping in mind the various business workflows and deploy integrations by learning from our successful projects in the past.

System Integration

Types of System Integration

There are various types of system integration that can be implemented at an organizational level based on the requirement, and they are all based on the area and the type of use.

  • Application Programming Interface (API)

One of the most streamlined and widely implemented methods of integration is Application Programming Interface (API). APIs use a common code language to establish connections between two previously disconnected systems. By doing that, system integrators can enable a seamless flow of data across systems (legacy and advanced) and throughout all enterprise solutions.

  • Integration Services Components (ISC)

Integration Services Components live on a server and are not code-based. They connect with local management tools and this lets the system integrator easily access data without the tedium of importing large files.

  • Data Orchestration

Data Orchestration systems aid with the scheduling of tasks between several solutions. This approach aims to consolidate repeated processes to improve production and information flow.

Benefits of System Integration

By integrating disparate systems within a single framework, you can eliminate multiple instances of the same data set or different versions of the same document that are stored in different systems. On top of that, it is quite likely that by integrating these instances, you are minimizing the risks of critical data errors that are associated with potentially different or incomplete data.

Benefits of System Integration

In contrast, when you compare that with a system that is customized to talk with every other enterprise system within the organization, you will have access to clean data that flows seamlessly across all enterprise systems. It will help project teams with accurate, reliable, and consistent data, allowing the staff to take important decisions faster.

To highlight the powerful benefits that can be derived from OnIndus Maestro – our proprietary System Integration platform, here are some important ways that it can help your team deliver complete visibility into project performance by:

  • Simplifying critical data sharing across processes
  • Eliminating redundant data and data entry errors
  • Sharing data and information to support a collaborative work environment
  • Customizing notifications by simplifying how important messages are sent and received
  • Automating administration and making it simple to import information

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How Can a Systems Integrator Help?

Enterprise system integration can help capital owners in simplifying processes, reducing costs, and ensuring efficiency. But due to the complexity of failed integrations and orchestrating between multiple project consoles, it can be challenging to empower project managers and other key project stakeholders with real-time reports. This is where a Systems Integrator can come to the rescue.

The task of a Systems Integrator generally entails team collaboration meetings, in which the systems integrator evaluates the customer’s organizational and business requirements and outlines the technical requirements for an IT system that meets those needs.

The subsequent integration strategy lays the foundation for the integration process. That process could encompass designing or creating a customized architecture or applications and integrating them with new or existing hardware, packaged or custom software, and networking infrastructure.

By catering to all the above factors, we can assist you in every step of the Enterprise System Integration process. To understand how OnIndus can help you define the systems and data points needed to deliver complete visibility for a capital improvement program management, contact us via email (connect@onindus.com) or call us directly at +1 786 472 4840.

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