Factors to Consider while Choosing a Systems Integrator

By CIOReview | Friday, September 23, 2016
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The systems integrator business has grown tremendously of late. With specialized training, these firms have ensured that enterprises catch up with the current technology trends. Systems integrators assist in deploying computing systems by integrating various components and subsystems from multiple vendors.

The services offered by systems integrators are closely associated with the project and can impact business process. Selecting an appropriate systems integrator for an enterprise isn’t an easy task; it not only depends on specific requirements, but also on the mutual understanding between enterprise and the integrator.

The first and foremost aspect an enterprise must focus on before choosing any integrator is to check how important a systems integrator is for their organization. Companies are often unsure about hiring an individual integrator or using a vendor’s expert services team. In such scenarios, CIOs should decide depending on the size of their company or project, the requirements associated with the project such as technical and operational aspects. 

Significant Selection Criteria

Choosing an integrator who has worked on successful projects and has significant experience in the field will be helpful. Apart from reliability and professional capabilities, it is important to select an integrator who comprehends process needs properly. In addition to that domain knowledge in the associated business area is a must.

Identify the Best Integrator

The best way to locate an apt systems integrator is to inquire with various sources. Going through the reviews and feedbacks from the analyst reports, contacting architectural firms and IT managers who have recently completed the project will assist in finding out the suitable integrator.

Aspects to Look For in a Systems Integrator

According to the size of the project, enterprises must decide whether an integrator is required or not. The integrator they choose must be good at systems engineering and have the technical skills to handle the project. Importantly, integrators are supposed to have thorough knowledge on system and hardware configurations and the ability to meet the requirements of the product. Apart from that, the integrator needs to work with various manufacturers to ensure that the product is best suited for the project.

Migrating to Latest Technologies

Usually, for large companies, it is difficult to manage installation, integration, and customization of applications with a single integrator. In such situations opting for vendor's expert services team would be a wise decision.

Many companies, with the intention of keeping up with the current trends, shift their existing system to latest technologies. Vendor’s services teams tend to show interest mostly in implementing the technologies and do not always guarantee to support in the long run. Therefore, enterprise should look for integrators who help in process optimization and guarantee to work with them for a long time.

Test before Use

Enterprise can carry out mock sessions to test the caliber of the integrator and ensure they have enough hands-on experience with the technology. With this, firms can choose the best integrator for the organization.

Plan the Road Ahead

Once the enterprise has chosen the apt integrator, they need to sketch a plan for the project. It is necessary for the organization to reach out to both traditional and expert integrators to gain comprehensive integration. Without this, vast areas like mobility and cloud technology will not be properly aligned with the enterprise policy, and therefore will not yield the desired results. Thus, selecting an integrator with the capability to abide by the company’s strategy and objective is crucial.