Systems within an organization often work together with other systems. Just as teams collaborate with other teams. And just like with people, you have to ensure that those systems can communicate with each other. It is one of the most important considerations when purchasing and implementing software. In this blog, we explain how exchanging data works with our software MA!N and what the possibilities are.
What data do you need
It starts with the question of which data you need for the processes that MA!N supports. Customers use MA!N for different processes, and each process may require different data. And even when MA!N takes care of accounts receivables management at two customers, it is not uncommon that both customers have different data needs.
We have set up MA!N in such a way that you are free to determine which data you want to use. For each process, you analyse which data is required for the execution of the process, correspondence, calculations, analysis, and reporting. It does not matter whether the data comes from one or more systems.
Does MA!N also need to send data to other systems? Then you do the same analysis for that data flow.
Daily vs real time
In addition to determining which data you require, you also have to determine how you will exchange data. Systems can communicate with each other in different ways. Do you want to exchange data daily or in real-time?? Trough files or messages?
Real-time can be useful, but also more complex. In many situations, a daily exchange of data is sufficient and real-time exchange has no added value.
And whether you exchange data periodically or in real-time, MA!N remains available for users. The application processes data and calculations in the background and users are not bothered by this.
The frequency and amount of data, just like the underlying systems, influence how you can best exchange data. Sometimes that is through files such as Excel or TXT, sometimes through a REST API with JSON. If it concerns a limited amount of data, a daily file with all data works fine. If it concerns large numbers, you may only want to send mutations.
MA!N does not dictate the technology that you can use to exchange data. It adapts to the requirements of the customer and supports all common techniques.
At CE-iT we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all. MA!N is flexible in how it communicates with other systems and which data it processes. The reasons are simple:
- Every organization is unique due to the combination of industry, systems, customers, and people. Certain data is returned to every organization, but the power is in the details, and we make optimal use of them within MA!N.
- An organization can use multiple systems, internally and externally. We see at customers that merging data within MA!N has added value. It helps employees to get a complete overview of a customer with just a few clicks. And MA!N can apply the combined data in different models.
Software must work for you and adapt to the requirements of your organization. That is what MA!N does like no other.