5 Steps to Successful ERP and B2B Systems Integration

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It is essential to integrate Enterprise Resources Planning System (ERP) with your company’s B2B systems. The need for integration arises from the fact that more than one third information your ERP system uses is from external sources. If the wrong data reaches your back-end systems, it can cause losses for your company. To avoid such situations we prepared the five tips how to integrate your ERP and B2B systems correctly:

1. Carefully plan the resources you’ll need

This step is one of the most important for your integration project success. You have to plan the resources you’ll need for the design, implementation, management and support of your integrated ERP and B2B systems carefully. If you miscount, the systems integration project can drag on or even fail.

2. Make the decision on the integration options you want to use.

There is a huge range of the communication and document exchange standards that must be reviewed and a lot of questions answered when planning the integration project (e.g. How will you know when your ERP documents have been processed across the integration platform? Will you need to get the notifications when the process is done? etc.). An important factor affecting your final decision has to be your trading partners’ capabilities.

3. Make the final platform highly available

You have to ensure that your external trading partners will be able to connect to your ERP system easily. Otherwise, the low connectivity can cause the downtime of production processes. Your trading partners should ideally be connected to ERP system across a highly available B2B integration platform.

4. Make sure your integration platform checks the quality of external data

Your integration platform needs to have the capability to check whether incoming information meets your company rules and standards. The platform has to allow only good quality information to enter the back-end systems. In other words, the platform has to act as a firewall for the ERP system.

5. Make the final platform highly scalable

During the platform designing process you have to plan such things as the growth possibility, availability to work with different ERP documents and modules as well as different business units. Planning all possibilities is the process of making the platform highly scalable.

Considering / Following all these steps when integrating your systems can make this process simpler. Also, well designed integration platform will be more effective and long-term.