Getting the Right Data Integration Vendor

dataData integration, processing, and storage is quickly becoming a large part of the business atmosphere.

If your business is in need of integration assistance, then it’s important to find the right data integration vendor for your specific needs.

With effective integration in mind, here are a few pointers to consider when finding the right data integration vendor:

Track Record

It’s wise to vet a number of different data integration vendors before making your decision. Basing your decision on the vendor’s track record with other businesses can help you choose a dependable and competent service provider.

If the vendor has accounts with other businesses, don’t be afraid to reach out to those businesses to get their opinion.

Many data integration vendors even provide testimonial pages within their websites that will give you a good idea of their customer service standards.

You should never base your opinion solely on outside reviews.

If you find a vendor that seems like a good fit, contact them directly and get a feel for their service initiatives.

Once you’re sure you’ve found a great data integration vendor, there are some other points to consider before moving forward.

Methodology

You’ll want to make sure the vendor you’re considering for your business has a solid data integration and migration methodology in place.

As the following article looks at, along with the top 5 considerations when choosing a data integration vendor, the company’s methodology will give you an idea of their approach to data integration.

What are the key steps the vendor takes to achieve successful data integration? Does their methodology expand well beyond the set-up stage? Does the vendor have the proper resources in place to handle your business’s data processing needs (i.e. staff and equipment)?

Getting a clear picture of the vendor’s methodology will help you make an educated decision when the time comes.

Resource and Staff Dedication

The last thing your business wants is a “set it and forget it” approach to data integration. That’s why it’s important to find a vendor who is dedicated to your business no matter how many clients they have.

Choosing a vendor that will work with your business on a one-on-one basis throughout your relationship is key.

At the very least, the vendor should provide a technical lead and a project manager who work directly with your business. This type of personal working relationship allows for consistency, which is always important.

Communication

Data management needs and requirements change all of the time, which is why it’s important to choose a data integration vendor that is willing to communicate with your business regularly. Receiving up-to-the-minute updates on the integration process is a must.

Likewise, having the ability to monitor and track the migration of your data closely and reach out at a moment’s notice with questions and concerns is also crucial.

When choosing a data integration vendor, make sure you heavily consider the company’s communication efforts.

When you’re ready to hire the right data integration vendor, first consider some of the pointers mentioned above.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including business data and data integration.