Benefits of ERP Integration

What is ERP Integration? 
Many companies reap the benefits of ERP Integration which can be described as the mapping or integration of inbound and outbound EDI messages to the  internal structures of the an ERP applications.  Benefits of ERP Integration include allowing businesses to eliminate manual data entry processes that could create errors, delays and trading partner inefficiencies.  This integration includes seamless production processes to ERP applications like Oracle, SAP, JD Edwards and many more.  With the benefits of ERP Integration services like EDI mapping, you can translate EDI messages into different ASCII formats of the ERP application, XML and much more. In layman’s language, the ERP Integration process is basically the process of how to integrate EDI information into and out of the ERP applications for the benefit of healthy and prosperous EDI trading partner relationships.  First of all, the outbound processing converts the ERP format to EDI format so that you can send it to other partners. Then the inbound processing converts the formatted file in EDI format into the ERP format.  There are basically three steps: One, you will have to prepare the documents, then transfer the documents into EDI format and finally transmit the EDI documents to your partner.   
Steps involved when using the Data Integration Specialists  mapping factory:

  • Collection of all existing maps
  • Consult the ERP  subject matter expert or Implementation Partner in order to define and capture ERP definition files for EDI mapping service.
  • Construct new map matrices which will define EDI requirements and then match them with the new layout of EDI.
  • Go through unit test for all maps
  • Connecting trading partner workflow to map flows
  • Go through the basic setup of maps
  • Get in touch with all the trading partners to communicate testing plans
  • Test, place in production
  • Finally, follow up support of all maps and EDI data flows.

What are the advantages of ERP Integration?

ERP Integration and automation are critical to eliminating manual processes.  When you eliminate manual processes, errors and exceptions go away.  One of the main processes involved in the ERP EDI mapping is the creation of a file which is then used to convert one form of data into another form. This map can be generated with the help of special applications which are specially designed to get the process done. With the help of EDI mapping, any business can capitalize on all the investments that have been put in constructing the EDI infrastructure. Along with this, the EDI mapping also makes sure that the EDI data is automatically sent to different systems like Oracle, SAP or other ERP applications. In addition to this, the EDI mapping can also be used to build XML like formats which can be used by business partners, while keeping the investment on the infrastructure.

The first and the most original form of EDI mapping involved the use of tailored, home grown in-house software that built a link between EDI and in-house ERP or accounting system. But this highly expensive and complicated process became the major reason for the development of EDI mapping software which proved to be economical and easy.

How to choose the best ERP Integration service?

If you want the best ERP Integration service then all you have to do is to just search for EDI mapping service on a search engine and you will get a long list of websites offering this service. You should never forget to check the reviews and rating of these websites in order to choose the best.   Data Integration Specialists has its own ERP Integration Group and can be reached by visiting their website at or calling 612-840-6753.