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What digital infrastructure are you choosing to invest in this year? Are you upgrading the shop floor control system? Perhaps the inventory system you’re using needs a total revamp because you’re adding new products or acquired a new company. Or maybe your fulfillment and shipping platform is due for an upgrade to keep up with consumer expectations. 

Before you invest millions, retrain your staff, and lose productivity due to confusion, consider extending the life of your current systems using custom enhancements built in Symfony.  

While Symfony is an emerging technology in the United States, it is already widely used in Europe and has a large global support network. At Unleashed, we are the exclusive North American partner of the framework’s creators–SensioLabs

Not only can a Symfony-driven custom application extend the life of your existing platforms, it can enable the creation of an easier-to-use interface and connect systems across your enterprise to allow for better data sharing and operational efficiency. 

We’ve spent more than 15 years creating solutions that meet our client’s business objectives. The ability to use this proven, large-scale framework to integrate legacy systems (ERP, CRM, AMS and more), create entirely new applications and help our clients leverage data is no different.

Streamlined and Customized Data Sharing Across Internal Platforms for Informed Decision-Making

Data, when used thoughtfully and with the right tools, drives good decisions. According to Forbes, data-driven companies are 23 times more likely to acquire customers than their peers. And Forrester reports that Data-driven companies are 58% more likely to beat revenue goals than those who are not focused on data. 

If your data is stored in disparate systems and is difficult to access, its value diminishes.   

The solution? We recommend using Symfony as a foundational system to build a custom data aggregation platform unique to your needs.   

As an open-source PHP language, Symfony can connect with nearly any platform (modern or legacy) and extract meaningful information that can then be imported into other systems that use a completely separate base language. In addition, it can help bridge gaps between existing open-source and proprietary platforms that historically don’t play nice directly with each other.  

Keeping Legacy Systems in Place Reduces Capital Expense  

If you could find a way to maintain the status quo for your frontline staff, but still invest in efficiency improvements, would you? If you could choose to invest in both “necessary” AND “nice to have” opportunities in the same year, would you? If you could avoid changing your entire outdated asset tracking system by instead adding an application that helps it communicate with more modern systems, would you? 

Symfony-driven applications can offer you those solutions. When planned and executed correctly, these custom apps can deliver new functionalities that leverage your existing digital platform –further extending the shelf-life. This approach saves money by increasing the utilization of expensive assets and avoiding a costly new investment.   

There are times when legacy systems are too far gone for their shelf life to be extended. However, we recommend bringing our digital strategy team in to help you explore your options before making a major investment that may or may not pay off. 

What This Means for You 

This cutting-edge framework has nearly unlimited use cases. An example?  
If there are steps in your sales or order fulfillment process that you believe can be streamlined using modern or custom applications, we can use Symfony to build custom APIs and workflows that automate the process. An application like this could seamlessly move order details from one platform to the next, following your custom process requirements and giving you visibility each step of the way.  

We’ll unpack applications like this and more in upcoming blogs. 

If you want to be on the leading edge or simply want to modernize your legacy systems to create better data sharing and business efficiencies, let's have a conversation