The Challenge of Integrating WMS Systems to ERP Platforms: Utilizing EDI-Style Messages
The integration of disparate best of breed WMS solutions to ERP platforms is an increasingly common trend in the emerging enterprise market space. In many cases the decision to mesh these critical technologies is driven by economics and project scope, however, the most common reason is simple - the WMS system is working well, but the ERP platform needs replaced.
In those cases, integration poses a major challenge and a project risk, especially when no native integration exists and it must be architected. While the optimal WMS to ERP integration is seamless real-time communication, in many cases it' s not a viable option due to technology limitations or simply because it's not worth the expense of building a real-time interface.