There comes a time in every software relationship where you want something that your existing systems cannot provide. Once you decide that you need to make some changes, you need to figure out how to best leverage your existing data. Do you find a way to add-on or integrate the functionality you need, or do you migrate everything to a new system?

This paper leverages the combined experience of Essentia Advisory Partners and Beacon Platform to explore different methods of bringing modern, agile, cloud-based capabilities to your organization, without losing the wealth and variety of data and expertise that you have accumulated. Read about the different types of data you have to work with, and the wide range of options for building connectivity between new and existing systems. Examine some typical Beacon implementations, including the common requirement of integrating with and extending the functionality of Excel spreadsheets. Finally, learn about key best practices that will improve your integration or migration experience.