Integration projects with your customers can often times be stressful. The can take a lot of time, and usually incur high costs. Not to mention the risk of scope creep. How do you make sure you avoid these issues? This is where Packaged Integrations come into play. In a previous blog, we already talked about Packaged Integrations, and how to successfully integrate with a Webshop platform. Interested to learn more? Then you’ve come to the right place, because here we go over some of the advantages of Packaged Integrations.

Reduce the time to value through prebuilt integrations

When organizations undertake the task of constructing their own integrations, it is common for the work to extend beyond the initially set deadline. Over time, these integration projects often encounter scope creep, leading to additional delays in completing the integration. A significant number of do-it-yourself integration initiatives, started from scratch, ultimately end in failure. In contrast, customers utilizing prebuilt integrations sidestep the typical prolonged development timeline. By adopting Packaged Integrations, you can expedite the time it takes to realize value by weeks or (even) months.

Benefit from the best practices in connecting and translating key data points between applications

Packaged Integrations assume standard use of 3PL software and the standard of the counterpart. This principle applies to, for example, webshop platforms, courier platforms and  accounting packages. Implementing generic integrations that work on this principle allow for a considerablyfaster integrations. As discussed in the previous point, with Packaged Integrations you can significantly reduce implementation time.

If you go for a Packaged Integration that is already used by other customers, you can also benefit from additional updates. Because we have done this integration (many times) before, it is more reliable. Reuse is key: the more clients are using one Packaged Integration, the less bugs will have to be faced.

The integration is polished because it runs in many situations. More usage leads to more additional updates too. If one client requests a change, we will implement it for all. And in case the counterpart implements (or: demands to implement) radical changes, all these users will share the cost. This way, you cut back on costs when reusing Packaged Integrations.

Ease of maintenance in the long run

At Boltrics, we always stay true to our promise to being up to date at all times. That goes for our packaged integrations as well. On our end, we make sure that the connections with the counterpart of the packaged integration are always up and running. It is important to note that the development of Packaged Integrations is demand-driven. If your platform integration is not yet Packaged available, we would be happy to add it.

Because the integration is packaged, you don’t have to keep the integration up to date (except for radical changes). You only need to keep up with the development of 3PL Dynamics (e.g. by implementing new software, implementing new processes, etc.)

Digitilize to stay relevant

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