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AS400 integration with Salesforce

Gibson Toombs
October 13th, 2021
2 MINUTE READ

Enterprise computing has come a long way since the late 1980s when the IBM AS400 was first introduced. With modern cloud-based systems like Salesforce, businesses can optimize mission-critical applications and tasks like CRM, ERP, business analytics, digital marketing, and so on. 

As a leader in the cloud computing space, Salesforce plays a critical role in the operations of a wide range of organizations. However, many of these organizations still use AS400 to store data and run applications—with both systems acting independently of each other. This leads to overly complex workflows, high costs, poor data management, and other issues that get in the way of business growth. 

But with the right partner and strategy, you can update your company’s legacy AS400 software to be compatible with modern technologies. Integrating AS400 and Salesforce creates a more unified technological environment, resulting in greater operational efficiency and stronger customer relationships. Keep reading to learn more!

Benefits of AS400 and Salesforce integration

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of a successful AS400 and Salesforce integration:

Better reporting

By moving data from your AS400 database over to Salesforce, your team can achieve a more holistic view of the organization. Data from every area of your business—from individual client history to the performance of various sales and marketing tactics—can be collected, managed, and analyzed from a centralized location. Plus, Salesforce provides advanced data analytics tools that eliminate the need for manual, time-consuming, and error-prone reporting. Leveraging this superior data management and reporting capabilities will lead to smarter business decisions, more conservative use of resources, and stronger client relationships in the long run. 

Increased productivity

As one of the most powerful CRMs on the market today, Salesforce makes it easy for teams to share files, stay on top of sales and marketing tasks, access important client information, and so on. Leveraging this software can play a key role in modernizing your business. And integrating it with your company’s AS400 data and applications will open up new opportunities for enhancing communication and optimizing workflows. 

Greater adaptability

Perhaps the biggest problem with outdated AS400 systems is the inability to innovate. Without modernization, you won’t be able to implement new technologies, such as IoT- and AI-enabled solutions—both of which will play an essential role when it comes to automating expensive, time-consuming tasks. In other words, integrating AS400 data and applications with Salesforce can help future-proof your business by making it more adaptable to newer, more cutting-edge technologies. 

Lower costs

In comparison to cloud-based systems, AS400 software is expensive to utilize and maintain. Moving data and applications over to Salesforce—and subsequently improving your business’ reporting, productivity, and adaptability—leads to lower operational costs overall. And rather than dedicating a significant amount of your company’s budget to IT, you will be able to focus more resources on higher-priority objectives—like conducting competitive research and elevating your brand’s digital presence.

Getting started with legacy AS400 modernization

To successfully integrate AS400 and Salesforce software, you need a legacy modernization partner that fully understands both technologies, as well as the goals and requirements of your organization. And that’s where Codal comes in. Our team has modernized and integrated AS400 applications for all kinds of businesses, many of which rely on Salesforce. 

We start by learning the ins and outs of your company’s technological infrastructure and processes—particularly in search of improvement opportunities, such as manual tasks that can be replaced with automation. Then, we create a roadmap to success with respect to your business’ budget and timeline. Our integration strategy will focus on enhancing data management, cutting costs, and increasing productivity and scalability for your organization. 

Interested in learning more about AS400 integration with Salesforce, and how Codal can help modernize your business? Get in touch with a member of our team today!

Gibson Toombs
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Gibson Toombs

Gibson Toombs is a Technical Content Writer at Codal. His writing career began in 2015 after graduating from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Since then, he has worked on many projects, covering a wide range of technical topics, from solar energy to cybersecurity. When he’s not taking complex ideas and turning them into easily-digestible pieces of content, Gibson can be found playing guitar and writing songs at his apartment in Chicago.

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