ERP/B2B Integration

If you have an ERP system effective integration with your B2B systems is essential because more than one third of the information in your ERP system originates from external sources. If that information contains bad or incorrect data and reaches your back-end systems, it will be very costly. Below are the Top 5 Tips, from our experience, that you should consider when integrating ERP and B2B in your company:

  1. Have the correct resources in place
    It is easy to underestimate the amount of resource required to design, implement, manage and support an integrated platform – especially when your trading partners are spread across the globe. Get this wrong and your integration project is likely to stall or fail.
  2. Decide which integration options to use
    There are a huge range of communication and document exchange standards involved in every ERP/B2B integration project. You need to define the options that your business will adopt from the outset. Remember the capabilities of your trading partners should have an important bearing on your final decision.
  3. The final platform must be highly available
    Ensuring that your trading partners can connect easily with your integration platform is crucial to the smooth operation of your ERP system. Loss of connectivity can impact downtime production processes. The B2B vendor you select must be able to guarantee the availability of your platform.
  4. Check the quality of external information
    Your B2B integration platform has to act as a ‘firewall’ for your ERP system. It needs the capability to check all data against your business rules, quarantine suspect data and only allow quality data to enter your back-end systems. This approach allows you to minimise any downtime or cost caused by data errors within your ERP systems.
  5. The final platform must be highly scalable
    From the outset, you must plan for future growth. You must ensure that your integration platform can scale across different ERP documents and ERP modules as well as different business units and manufacturing plants located anywhere in the world. Building your integration platform in a cloud-based environment may be the best way to address your scalability requirements.

Every B2B/ERP integration project is highly complex and very few organisations have the right resources to complete the project by themselves. Reducing the cost and risk associated with integration is vital to your success, and you can read how other companies have achieved this here.

If you are looking for ideas on how to make your B2B/ERP integration project a success, call +44 (0)1932 776047 or click here to contact us. We have already helped hundreds of companies across different industry sectors around the world to integrate their ERP and B2B implementations effectively.