Software Integration is the process that joins together different sub-systems (bringing together small components) of your business so data in each subsystem can become part of a larger, quicker, and easier data system. When small components are brought together to create a larger data system, software is integrated. Adding software integration to your small businesses  can help your company expand quicker, in turn, transform how your business is run across the board. If you keep asking how will software integration help my small business? and are looking to ditch a manual method of connecting business systems, then continue reading.


The Benefits of Integrating Business Systems

  1. Low-Risk set up
  2. Non-Intrusive
  3. Accelerated Growth
  4. Increased Efficiency for your Small Business
  5. Over time, Software Integration can save time and costs


In an ROI study by independent analyst firm Nucleus Research, of customers using NetSuite, the world’s leading integrated cloud business suite, Nucleus found that, by using an integrated suite, companies accelerated their financial close times by up to 50%, increase sales productivity by 12.5%, and increase inventory turns by 50%, amongst other efficiencies.

Testing Your Integrated System

Software Testing is the testing of a complete and fully integrated software product. Testing the fully integrated applications to check how components interact with one another and with the system as a whole. The software test plans with testing experts to make sure that testing strategies are not a waste of time or costs during integration. Errors that should appear went undetected. That is the purpose of having plans and procedures released in one data storehouse. Below are two different types of Software Testing that can be used in your small business depending on certain costs and applications.

Big Bang Integration Testing

  • Wait for all modules to be developed
  • Time Consuming Difficult to trace root cause of the problem

 Incremental Testing

  • Modules are test as and when they are available
  • Not a complete implementation of the module
  • Top to down higher level modules tested first
  • Down to Top lower level modules tested first


At Black Line, we implement incremental testing. This allows us to first make sure that all of the subcomponents of a system are working properly on their own, and then we gradually add different functional pieces of the system to the base working components. You get to use your software faster, and in a real business setting.

If you own a small business and want to learn more about Software Integration and Software Testing please contact Black Line Consulting for advice and individual assistance.