Interfaces from PLM to ERP, Planning, and eCommerce systems

When planning and implement integration, there are several important considerations including:

  • Exchange of BOM information is a top priority for most PLM / ERP integrations
  • Technical issues (data, application logic and presentation issues) require planning and expertise
  • Avoid excessive ERP overhead in the development process
  • Don’t pollute ERP with experimental information that may never be used again
  • Integration overhead can be expensive in terms of cost and resources

Examples of PLM / ERP

  • One-Time Transfer from ERP to PLM
    • Products, Components, Vendors (select items only)
    • Used as Basis for New Products, Carry-Overs, etc.
  • Ongoing Bi-Directional Updates (Hourly, Daily, etc)
    • New/Edited Components (Materials, Trims, Drawings, etc.)
    • Newly Adopted Styles, Production Final BOM
    • Specifications, Colors, BOM, Cost Sheet
  • Periodically Updated Information ERP to PLM
    • Production Quantities, Sales Results

Keys to Integration Success

  • Consider integration during your system selection criteria
  • But do not compromise system capabilities for integration
  • Understand in detail your vendors’ integration capabilities
  • Get evidence of prior relevant integration successes
  • Look for pre-defined or pre-configured integration tools
  • Identify opportunities for integration in your business
  • Avoid integration projects with little tangible value
  • Plan and document every aspect of the integration project
  • Clearly identify roles and responsibilities
  • Engage an experienced project team