ERP System Integration Into The Infrastructure Of An Organization

by : Dean Forster

Compatibility and compliance are two important factors in the implementation of any ERP system in the organization. Both of them form an important part of the concept of ERP system integration. The thing is that the Enterprise Resource Planning solution must be able to integrate in the current information technology infrastructure of the organization. Any solution which demands massive upgrades is not at all welcome. After all the ERP system is to be deployed for the company and not the other way round.

Any organization which is planning to deploy an ERP solution must already be having at least an entry level information technology infrastructure in place. This would for the core production and communication process of the organization for example even the internal e-mail system would be counted as base infrastructure. All the inventory keeping, production monitoring solutions etc are the base level information technology infrastructure.

As the ERP solution is being deployed, it would need to interface with these solutions which are already being used. Unless the ERP solution is able to interface with the base infrastructure, there is not much point in the entire exercise of the deployment of ERP system. They are supposed to work as one solution and not as two separate solutions with no ability to communicate with each other. This ability to interface with each other in a seamless manner is called compatibility.

Proper compatibility is the key to the success of any ERP system implementation because it is the be all and end all of the ERP system integration. Unless the system is able to integrate with the current infrastructure, it would not be able to observe what is going on. This means that the business management would still remain in dark about the operations of the business at micro level. With proper ERP system integration, the management can keep an eye on every component of the work flow.

Moreover the lack of proper ERP system integration would mean that the data would have to be manually exchanged between the current infrastructure and the ERP system. This cause a number of troubles because data especially if the data is not being properly exchanged between the two solutions. Loss or mutilation of data at the time of export would mean that a lot of complications would arise and the company may even have to suffer a lot of losses.

The developers of CRM systems and ERP software packages go extra miles to ensure that maximum possible degree of ERP system integration is achieved but it would not always be the case out of the box. In order to ensure proper ERP system integration, it is a must that the business must do proper testing before deployment.