The Problems with Integrating Multiple Systems into Your Network Infrastructure
April 26th, 2023 | 3 min. read
By Jordan Pioth
If your organization has integrated multiple IT systems into your network infrastructure, this could result in problems with your network.
More specifically, integrating multiple systems into your infrastructure will often have an adverse effect on the network’s performance.
Understanding these problems will help you determine alternative ways of integrating a variety of tools into your network so you do not diminish your network’s performance.
Coeo has helped thousands of customers improve their network performance and knows how important a reliable network is to an organization.
We want to give you information on the problems of integrating multiple systems into your network infrastructure so you can improve your network performance.
By the end of this article, you will know what a system is and the problems that can result from integrating multiple systems into one network, and how you can solve these problems.
What is a system?
A system is a group of interconnected devices that communicate with each other to share data and resources on one network. The system may connect devices such as computers, servers, and printers wirelessly or using wired technology.
A system can also be referred to as a Local Area Network (LAN) which is defined as a computer network that connects devices over a network in a location typically confined to one area such as an office building or space.
Systems can typically be accessed through online portals with the login information provided by the vendors that deliver them.
These portals allow you to manage and maintain your systems and set any preferences that cater to your organization’s needs.
Problems with integrating multiple systems into one network
While systems are important for organizations and help employees communicate and share data more efficiently, it can be difficult for an organization when integrating multiple systems into one network.
The problems that arise from integrating multiple systems into one network include:
● Compatibility issues with different systems
One of the main problems with integrating multiple systems into your network is the compatibility issues you may experience.
If you are integrating multiple systems into one network, there may be certain systems that might be created with different languages that may not be compatible with the others.
Because of the different programming languages that the systems may use, it can be difficult for these systems to communicate with each other and operate in the same network together.
● Security risks
Another problem with integrating multiple systems is the increase in security risks. Integrating multiple systems into a network increases the number of access points in a network; a key contributor to cyberattacks.
The increase in the number of access points results in an increased risk of network penetration with more holes a malicious actor can access.
Another major problem with integrating multiple systems into a single network is the cost. Since you are integrating multiple systems, you are likely using different vendors for each system.
In this case, you will be paying each vendor for their system. As a result, it will be much more expensive to integrate multiple systems than to consolidate all systems into one vendor.
● Data inconsistencies
Each system has its own unique way of storing and reporting data. With multiple systems integrated into one network, there may be some data inconsistencies from one system to the next.
Data inconsistencies across multiple systems can result in lost data or the inaccurate reporting of data within your network.
● Difficult to manage and maintain
The integration of multiple systems can make it difficult to manage and maintain your network. Systems that are all being supplied by different vendors and accessed through different portals make managing and maintaining them challenging.
Not only is it difficult to manage and maintain each system separately when it comes to issues like updates and preferences, but it is also difficult to simply keep track of each system separately.
Since each system is managed through its own portal, it can also be inefficient to keep track of each portal login.
How to solve the problems with integrating multiple systems
The main solution to the problems with integrating multiple systems is to simply integrate as few systems as possible. With fewer systems being integrated, fewer problems arise as a result.
It is beneficial for your organization to hire a single vendor to take care of your network needs.
For example, Versa’s SD-WAN solution offered by Coeo consists of strong and reliable network connectivity that ensures 99% uptime while also providing strong security that protects your network.
Using one network solution such as SD-WAN which does the job of multiple different solutions, eliminates the need for integrating multiple systems into a network, thereby reducing the challenges caused by using a variety of network solutions.
If your organization is dealing with these problems as a result of integrating multiple systems into its network, you may want to consider an SD-WAN solution.
Next steps to solving the problems with integrating multiple systems
Now you know what a system is, the problems with integrating multiple systems, and how to solve these challenges. This information will enable your organization to avoid the problems created by using multiple systems.
No one wants to have poor problems caused by a poor network and learning how your organization can avoid these problems will help your business be more productive and efficient.
Consolidating multiple systems into one solution provided by one vendor will help your organization avoid these additional network problems.
Coeo has helped thousands of customers with their network problems and knows how important a reliable network is to an organization.
We want to inform you of the potential problems of integrating multiple systems so you can avoid these problems.
If you would like to speak with our team to learn more about consolidating vendors and systems or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment.
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When he's not creating content for Coeo, Jordan loves to watch sports, hang out with friends and family, and anything sneaker-related.