The Case for ERP Integration


What's ERP Integration?

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can connect operations and departments throughout an organization.  ERP systems manage day-to-day business activities.  ERP systems can record, report, and help control many aspects of the enterprise, including finance, human resources, supply chain, manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution, among other functions.  ERP systems can help control costs, improve efficiency, and provide excellent insights into business operations.

ERP Integration refers to methods and tools that work together to collect, transform, and combine data from two or more ERP systems to present a unified representation of the combined data.

When is ERP Integration Needed?

ERP integration is extremely valuable in many everyday situations where oversight across the enterprise is needed immediately, without waiting a year or more to migrate to a single new unified ERP system.

Gaining insight into the operations of a new acquisition is a critical priority.  However, migrating data and connections from the acquired ERP system into the parent ERP solution system, or vice versa, can take months or years.

When shuffling business process units into a new and more profitable shape, the enterprise desperately needs to gather data from across all the functional units.  This can include units that merged as well as newly-created functional departments.

Many existing organizations suffer because their various business units rely on an assortment of disconnected ERP systems.   The systems gather and maintain their local data and deliver their local reports.  There’s no unified view across the organization.

A Speedy ERP Integration Solution

A solution that collects, transforms, and combines real-time data from each of the existing ERP systems can provide unified cross-enterprise reporting that spans all the ERP systems.  Glimpse from Blackstone and Cullen relies on powerful real-time data acquisition and transformation tools and a robust analytical layer to deliver an ERP integration solution. 

In the image above, Glimpse combines ERP system data from various sources, including the headquarters ERP system, as well as from ERP systems in remotely located divisions A, B, and C.  These could be situated in different cities, states, or countries.

Glimpse connections to disparate ERP systems can be completed in as little as a few weeks depending on the access provided.  This offers prompt, unified reporting and insight into the combined ERP systems.  This speedy ERP integration solution delivers a decisive business advantage.

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