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The switch to digital processes and systems is becoming increasingly relevant
Today, companies are no longer new to terms such as cloud, on-premises and legacy systems and workloads. Digitization is advancing in leaps and bounds, so companies must permanently adapt their processes to new technologies. Communication is one of the most important areas in which digital processes and systems are used to enable exchanges to take place electronically. The integration of such so-called EDI systems requires a certain amount of experience and knowledge. In this blog post we explain to you, as an expert, how you can integrate EDI into your company.
The problem: “IT of two speeds”
Due to the rapid developments in companies, there are different processes that operate at different speeds. For example, data exchange between pure cloud applications is much faster than when using on-premises or legacy IT. This phenomenon is usually difficult to prevent. After all, when an existing company acquires another and the two companies merge, in most cases the two companies do not have the same technical standards.
Challenges in B2B integration
As mentioned earlier, when two or more companies merge, technological difficulties may arise due to the different standards. The communication and data exchange between the companies are forced to be affected by the different speed, reliability and quality of data exchange. As a result, work delays and production stoppages may occur, or opportunities may even be lost.
Although the relationship and connection to a large corporation is enormously attractive for medium-sized companies, they usually have particular problems keeping up with the technological standards of large corporations. Medium-sized companies do not have the corresponding power as, for example, large corporations, which can set technology standards. In order to nevertheless ensure an ideal connection between two companies with different standards, there are integration solutions. An integration solution helps ensure that business partners with different technology levels can still come together without the companies having to change anything in their equipment or systems. If the companies do not have employees themselves who are responsible for such integration, there is also the option of requesting an integration service provider.
The integration service provider
Problems with the selection of the service provider
What is there to consider before integration?
Before integration, it is often determined which data and processes should be integrated first or which of them are necessary for further work with the ERP system. This approach seems reasonable at first, but one must be aware that it is not quite as simple as it sounds. It is usually difficult to decide which data and processes are more important and relevant than others at the beginning. That’s why people talk about an iterative learning process and you have to figure out when which integration makes the most sense. So processes and data have to be exchanged, decoupled or modified again and again until the right solution is found.
Integration of the old system into the new system
Whereas just a few years ago a system could be used for a longer period of time, things look very different nowadays. Due to digitization and the constant adjustments on the technology market, it is inevitable for companies to adapt their systems and processes to the current conditions and innovations at any time. Most of the time, the problem is that companies have to transfer some processes from the old system to the new one. This requires efficient B2B integration so that productive operations are restricted as little as possible. For this purpose, an integration service provider offering powerful connectivity solutions must be engaged. The brownfield approach is usually chosen for ERP migration projects because, unlike the greenfield approach, which requires a completely new implementation, existing processes can be transferred to the new ERP system.
Do you want to implement your own EDI solution in your company?
INPOSIA is the right choice for your integration service provider, because we use our own EDI solution to ensure that your business partners are connected professionally and according to the latest standards via electronic data interchange. You can also connect all your business partners across industries, processes and data formats without the use of additional software.
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