Learning to Master ERP and EDI Integration Together
When the time comes for a company to upgrade its ERP system, often the decision becomes whether to migrate ERP and EDI together, or separately. No matter how an enterprise decides to transform its environment, ERP upgrades must be thought of in relation to EDI integration.
An ERP upgrade is IT modernization at its very peak, but the reality is many of those projects actually have a very high failure rate. In fact, up to 75% of all ERP projects fail, according to industry analysts, often because businesses are unprepared for the complexity of the process and the application integration, which usually isn’t part of the ERP deal.
That’s why it’s so important for enterprises to think about EDI integration as a crucial part of a postmodern ERP strategy that blends on-premise and cloud ERP solutions in order to give businesses flexibility they need to better manage the members of their digital ecosystem, from trading partners to customers.
Can a new ERP system support outdated, custom-coded EDI workflows? Or better yet – do you want your enterprise to even take the risk that it can’t?
The ERP/EDI Relationship
Implementing EDI and ERP together adds significant business value to an enterprise because the integration improves onboarding, reduces manual data entry and lead time, and expedites order processing. A new system will enable much faster trading partner setup with the only rework enterprises need to do coming on the “back-end integration” where the EDI application connects to the ERP application.
EDI systems with modern tools reduces the manual effort it takes to set up and manage trading partners. Instead of having to migrate hundreds (or even more) of trading partners individually, with modern EDI technology, enterprises can do so within a single, well-defined task. Additionally, the EDI decision cycle is often much shorter than the ERP cycle, so moving ahead with an EDI integration can be done efficiently and quickly.
The very best EDI technology integrates with ERP systems and is able to handle inbound and outbound transactions. Whether it’s a flexible setup or run-time environment, companies must have a clear understanding of how the EDI interfaces are maintained and what is the impact of any potential changes to back-end systems.
Modernizing Your ERP and EDI Systems
EDI is integral to the B2B industry, and remains the standard. Which is why modern companies need a modern EDI solution to conduct business.
Enterprises stand to significantly improve their data exchange capabilities, enhance partner relationships, and also reduce the risk of costly errors by consolidating integrations among your business systems. Organizations that do decide to replace a legacy system must ensure that they can quickly and easily make the move without disrupting existing business workflows and processes, and enterprise integration technology enables a successful data migration.
Modernizing your EDI integration positions your company to take on new business and respond quickly to customer and trading partner requests. The last thing you need is to disrupt your data flow and business processes because your environment isn’t up to date. Here are a few ways a modernized EDI system can enable game-changing business advantages.
Cleo Integration Cloud elevates your EDI integration processes and streamlines your B2B communications. Cleo Integration Cloud helps automate your EDI processes in order to connect, transform, and route your EDI and non-EDI transactions through your ecosystem without piling on the custom code.