ERP consolidation and integration

Last updated:February 2014

Editor's note

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a term denoting software that automates a broad range of activities that help a business manage its responsibilities. While the applications ERP offers, such as order management, accounting and human resources are useful and essential in everyday business processes, having too many of these systems can present challenges in ERP consolidation and integration.

Many companies keep adding ERP systems rather than face the question of consolidation. But the problems that disparate systems often create are forcing many organizations into a reality check.

This guide offers a collection of our best ERP integration and consolidation strategies. Find out more about the risks and rewards of consolidating ERP, as well as how to know when ERP is out of control and some of the challenges of consolidating ERP.

1Assessing the state of ERP consolidation

While it's true that many businesses need to consolidate or at least update their ERP systems, they still must be sure it's the right move before beginning the process. Many organizations with offices all over the world believe that consolidation is next to impossible; fortunately, that's no longer the case.

2Mastering ERP integration

One of the biggest challenges of ERP integration and consolidation is the planning process. Many factors need to be considered before selecting the path that fits a company's exact business needs. One of the most common and complex planning issues is integration, whether it be to cloud software or within on-premises ERP systems. The feature articles in this section provide a deep dive into some of the challenges.