The Benefit of Interfaces
From a business perspective, it is crucial in portfolio and resource management to have the right information in the right place and at the right time, in this case in Meisterplan.
When you initially collected information on capacities and requirements, you first looked within your organization at where the information could be found. During this process, you may have found the information was scattered in a variety of places and stored in various formats with different levels of detail. Once you collected the information, you first assessed the data, then revised it, consolidated it, and put it into a form that was acceptable to all stakeholders.
Once this was completed, you could import the first data into Meisterplan using the Quick Import Feature. It provides a possibility to review, validate, and if necessary, correct the data before importing it which is a valuable step, especially in the initial phase.
Now your first import is completed!
The first insights were gained, and well-rounded decisions that are supported by the team have been made. For many of our customers, this is an important milestone and achieving it proves the added value of Meisterplan for the first time.
If you have established the process of data collection over time, then you have achieved a stable and regular operation, and reached the next milestone in the process. Officially, the Meisterplan implementation project is often over at this point, and project capacities are reduced. As the routine sets in, the momentum may be lost, so now it is important to be focused and start optimizing the data flow.
By automating the flow of data through interfaces, it can create the following benefits:
The transfer of data in Meisterplan is no longer dependent on individual persons as physical and monotonous work is eliminated.
Data is available “just in time” and can be processed at any time of the day or night. The volume of data plays a minimal role.
Elimination of Errors
Human errors can occur when manually preparing the data to be imported. On the other hand, an automatic interface always processes the data from the source systems in the same way with consistent quality which develops data trust.
Extensibility and Independence
Once you have created the first automatic interface, you can then connect to additional systems. The “technology” entry hurdle has been cleared and the respective department remains in control.
You have the time to use your capacity for tasks that cannot be automated since the right data is now automatically available in the right place at the right time.