Your company's viability depends management's ability to adapt to change. Accurate and timely information is critical to making the right decisions. Chances are excellent that your current Information Technology infrastructure, contains all the data you need, though you might not have the means of gathering it.
Every application you run on your network is designed to create or manipulate data is some way. This data is stored in multiple databases, most of which allow "open" access via ANSI Structured Query Language (SQL), Microsoft's Open DataBase Connectivity (ODBC), Active Data Object (ADO), or Collaborative Data Object (CDO) in Windows environments, or SQL, eXtended Markup Language (XML), Java DataBase Connectity (JDBC), or CORBA in the non-Windows world. If your applications use databases which provide this type of access, your options are limitless. Custom reports can be written to provide cross-database access, allowing you to combine and summarize information from all of your data sources as if they were one.
In addition to custom reporting, custom applications can be written to combine your data entry efforts. Multiple systems usually contain redundant information (ie names and addresses) which is entered in multiple applications. This is not only inefficient but risks inconsistency if an update is missed. By creating an "authority" for each type of data, and allowing it to propagate through all other systems using automation instead of redundant-entry, the database remains more consistent, and the time saved on data-entry can be used for more important issues.
With the proliferation of web-access in the late 1990's, an "Internet Presence" for "E-Commerce" and about a hundred-different buzz-words were suddenly necessary to do business. If you inventory the best websites of the internet, you will find that all have something in common: informative content. One of the best ways to generate useful content is by using the information already contained in your databases. Database integration to your Internet or intranet site can allow both data reporting to users and data-entry from remote locations through a web-browser.
Atlantis Consulting can help you to create a quick, consistent, and stable base of data to run your business on, as well as help you to create beautiful, content-rich web sites, using that data.