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.
Are your multiple ERP systems out of control?
In today's fast-paced business environment, companies are always in a state of transition. Whether it's because of new launches or corporate mergers, businesses often find themselves juggling multiple ERP systems. At times, using multiple ERPs or multiple versions of a single ERP platform is the right choice; other times, it clearly isn't an option. This article explains the downfalls of having multiple ERP systems and what could be standing in the way of optimizing ERP at your enterprise. Read Now
Eliminate disparate systems by consolidating ERP systems
Complexity, cost and inflexibility are only some of the downsides of having multiple ERP systems. To ensure an ERP consolidation is successful, there are a few key guidelines to follow. This article outlines the four key dimensions of an ERP consolidation plan, including business processes, user perspective, technology and costs. Find out what other factors come into play by reading the article. Read Now
Understanding SAP ERP integration technologies
ERP software sometimes works best when it's connected with a variety of other business applications across the organization. Consult this SAP Press book excerpt to learn more about SAP ERP integration with other enterprise systems. Read Now
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.
ERP system integration's ongoing challenges
ERP system integration is less of a challenge than it once was, but it still poses some obstacles for IT organizations as they upgrade enterprise systems to support new capabilities such as the cloud, mobility and new data types. Find out more about the complexity of integrating core ERP systems by consulting this feature article. Read Now