The easy, cost-efficient way of integrating ENOVIA with ERP systems
March 21, 2016
Why a fast and seamless integration has such direct effect on your business
Today’s businesses are pressured from just about every corner. While customers are growing smarter, industry watchdogs are becoming stricter and competition is getting stiffer. To successfully answer to those demands, businesses must quickly and transparently be able to access and produce every little piece of data on both the products they manufacture as well as the business processes they apply. But combining your ENOVIA Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system with your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) can be a tricky – not to mention lengthy – affair unless you have the right tools. An integration that not only risks disrupting your operations, but can also make a lasting and negative impact on your bottomline.
What is the challenge?
First and foremost, a business should be able to seamlessly and competitively carry on with its operations throughout the integration process, all the while meeting customer and legislative demands on both the PLM and ERP side of things. He says that one of the major challenges, therefore, is to ensure the integration requires minimal system intervention, with as little disruption as possible to the continued operation of the two systems on either side of the integration process. Another factor is the importance of speed – because in such a core procedure in particular, time is money. But although the implementation must be done quickly, it must not sacrifice stability or translate into bulky solutions that cannot be scaled for future needs. The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is another issue that can quickly become a headache for many companies in cases where, for example, upgrades are complicated.
What is the solution?
A stable, non-disruptive solution that is fast to implement, easy to use and adapted to the world’s most commonly used ERP systems such as SAP. Ultimately, it should integrate the PLM and ERP systems on the same platform, adding transparency and efficiency to the business it serves. The solution should also help keep costs low by mostly relying on configurations and by providing easy administration and maintenance.
The Integration Framework (TIF) is built to configure 80 percent of outgoing and incoming integrations, slashing the time and money that would have otherwise been spent on programming. It has been tailored to integrate ENOVIA with ERP systems such as SAP, containing ready-made templates that ensure fast and efficient implementation. The administration user interface is simple and straightforward, providing a clear overview and consistently providing vital statistics on for example usage statistics per integration, the number of integration jobs currently in the pipeline and success and error rates. The interface also allows users to quickly and easily stop or pause integrations, track errors, and resend or process integration jobs that might have failed. The solution is also scalable, allowing for future add-ons, and is easy to upgrade, which means the total costs of ownership are kept on the low.
Stefan has more than 20 years of experience in PLM. He has been working at TechniaTranscat since 2002, as project manager and team manger for ENOVIA PLM. Presently he is coordinator and manager for TechniaTranscat business development.