The best way to integrate EPDM with ERP is de-Coupled Integration.
Following are the different approaches you can look when you want to integrate EPDM with any ERP system:
- Point-to-point integration
- Information portals
- Multipurpose model – de-Coupled Integration
Point-to-point integration is based on an application-to-application specific interface built using Application Programming Interface (APIs) and custom code. This integration can enable a “REAL TIME” and “TIGHTLY COUPLED” data exchange between the systems ensuring the updates in either of the systems take place instantaneously based on pre-defined rules and configuration settings.
Such integrations can be acquired from an application vendor or can be custom developed. Point-to-point integrations can provide a very rich and uniquely tailored solution.
An Information Portal in the ERP & EPDM scenario is a framework that can be designed to represent the integration of the data or the information that is available in one or more enterprise systems (ex: any PDM/PLM & any ERP).
In larger enterprises, it is common to see processes being enabled via multiple systems. Different people in various organizations need to access information residing in these systems to make decisions on daily basis. Often, these individuals need to collate such information for downstream purposes. Information Portal can be extremely helpful in extracting information from different enterprise systems and presenting it to the users in a pre-determined format. These reports can be presented in different formats based on individual’s role.
The information portal could be built by making use of the pre-configured reporting tools linked to the enterprise systems or can be a standalone interface built for custom requirement. Ex: Cognos Reporting studio, Crystal Reporting tools or custom ASP.NET web development
A de-COUPLED Integration can be designed with an Enterprise PDM system and with any ERP system (ex: Microsoft Dynamics AX) as long as it supports open-source XML based data exchange
In this integration model, the XML file format will be used as a medium for the data exchange between the enterprise systems
This type of integration, when developed for unidirectional data exchange between systems, makes the implementation process easier and within shorter lead times since it utilizes out of the box (OOTB) components in both the source and the destination systems
In certain bi-directional data exchange type integration models, the usage of the Application Programming Interface (APIs) of both ERP and Enterprise PDM tools along with open-source programming platform may be necessary. This can result in a much more complex implementation than the unidirectional data exchange
A “de-COUPLED” data exchange between the systems will make sure the updates in one or both the systems take place based on pre-defined schedules, rules and configuration settings
Such integrations can be acquired from an application vendor or can be custom developed. The de-COUPLED integrations can provide a very rich and uniquely tailored solution.
We can support any of the above mentioned method. Please let me know if you need any more clarification or support for your integration requirement
Yes, we have an integration between EPDM and Arena.
Do you have documentation on epdm settings for arena to work? Thanks, Chris