When reviewing their ERP needs, an organisation might be held back in their decision making until they can be sure that the solution they choose is a truly holistic one; encompassing all processes and all subsidiaries. Otherwise, only a limited area of their business would benefit from the automation, innovation, and technology an ERP can bring. So, how does a company considering an ERP become fully integrated?
First, let’s look at some of the integration challenges faced by companies:
- Vendors run non-SAP systems resulting in a delayed and/or erroneous data exchange
- A legacy system (such as a company’s CRM) drives the organisation’s processes in an ineffective way
- Several various systems are relied upon to run the operations (HR, inventory, CRM, finance etc)
- No clear, company-wide financial data is available upon which to make business decisions
The often overwhelming task of integrating your entire business brings to the surface gaps in your business processes and reporting capabilities – but these gaps can be bridged with a robust enterprise application.
The SAP Business One integration framework connects your SAP application to:
- Other SAP applications
- EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) with business partners
- Non-SAP applications
- External applications
- Cloud applications
- Mobile applications
- Headquarters (important for multi-subsidiary companies)
- Collaboration tools (such as social media)
What does this mean for my daily processes?
Automation, unification and integration are often the key terms used when discussing SAP Business One integration. And for good reason, as it brings all of these enhancements, plus more:
- Your SAP application becomes a unified and safe business repository
- Your entire business data is integrated – meaning you can select reports and pull data from all sources with reliable and accurate results
- Business scenarios, unique to your organisation, can be set up, controlled and amended as required
- Transactions are replicated across all required business functions, groups and subsidiaries to eliminate duplication
- A true and complete view of all financial activity is made possible across all business levels
- Mobile integration enables on-the-go business data access
- Errors and conflicts in business processes are handled in an effective way, automatically
- Creates opportunities to leverage data from new resources (i.e. social media channels) to gain greater insight into consumer data, trends and patterns
- Robust debugging system ensures smooth process flow
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) benefit particularly from the easy-to-implement system of the SAP Business One framework, which grows with your company. Since the integration scenarios are largely based on XML, it is possible to build these scenarios without engaging expensive technical resources and expending significant amounts of time – leading to low cost solutions.
How will this integration help me to become more innovative?
The integration element within an SAP Business One implementation can have far reaching and positive consequences for your business. By combining the business processes of your primary business, your subsidiaries, your vendors, your collaboration tools and business partner network, you will soon be able to streamline major (and minor) workflows and see instant improvement opportunities.
Your resources will also be able to concentrate on their important operational functions without replicating and transferring manual data; this also enables your team to work on innovative strategies to grow your business.
Watch this video to see a real life example of how integration with SAP works:
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