No business system stands alone. To get the most out of your ERP, it must go hand-in-hand with your other key apps.
Strategically implementing SAP with the right applications helps businesses streamline processes and achieve company-wide goals with greater ease. Integrating SAP with front-end and operational systems combines key data from across the organization to make your team more efficient and productive.
But achieving that integration often means a large and costly IT project that requires separate considerations for the configuration, building, implementation, and deployment phases. Many businesses simply don’t have the time or budget to tackle an integration with this scale, and they don’t realize there are other options available to them.
Here are some of the key benefits that integrating your business systems with SAP provides along with ways to consolidate the process of implementing SAP with key applications to meet your business objectives.
4 Benefits of integrating SAP with other key applications
No business system is an island, and your SAP installation is only as good as the apps it can talk to. Here are things to expect once you integrate SAP with your other essential platforms.
1. Increase efficiency
Anytime you can create a single source of data for both employees and customers, you will dramatically increase efficiency across the board. Implementing SAP and integrating it with a front-end system like Salesforce brings all of your complex business data together with customer and product information.
The most obvious benefit to most businesses is the elimination of manual data entry. Maintaining multiple systems and sets of data requires hours of repetitive work that is prone to errors. Fixing these errors is extremely time-consuming, not to mention the financial cost a business could incur by making a big decision using faulty information.
Integrations also increase efficiency across departments. Making data accessible to employees reduces the time they have to spend asking others for it. It also makes it possible for them to have more effective discussions that lead to better and faster decisions.
Synchronizing product lists, pricing rules, orders, and inventory empowers your operations, sales, finance, and customer service teams with the real-time information they need to do their jobs. If a deal is won in Salesforce, the information is automatically sent to SAP for next steps, which uses item lists and inventory to update operations and shipping to complete the order. Likewise, any changes to pricing rules and product details made in SAP are automatically pushed through to Salesforce so front-facing employees can be confident they are sending the most accurate information (or quotes!) possible to customers.
2. Meet business goals
Unfortunately, only 7% of employees understand their company’s business goals and strategies. This is probably because the businesses themselves don’t fully understand where they are and where they want to go.
Creating and achieving business goals has to start with accurate data: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Integrating SAP with other applications consolidates product, pricing, and processing information with performance data from your front-end systems. Having access to everything at once allows you to create accurate benchmarks of current performance and set the standard for where you want to take your business next.
3. Improve the customer experience
We’ve discussed how maintaining multiple systems requires manual data entry, which inevitably leads to errors. This carries over to your customers and can result in inaccurate quotes, invoices, and orders. Integrating systems gives your customers and vendors confidence that you will give them accurate information every time.
Similarly, salespeople and customer service reps don’t have to waste time consulting multiple systems to find answers to simple questions like the status of a customer’s most recent order. Integrating SAP with the front-end system gives them the information they need to serve customers.
4. Simplify the integration process
Designing, building, implementing, deploying, configuring, and integrating SAP with other applications can be a long process if each step is done individually. Doing so also requires extensive knowledge of both systems and software integration in general.
Tools like enosix take care of all of these steps for you. There is no need for extensive coding and configuration. With enosix, you can integrate SAP with Salesforce in a fraction of the time it would take you to do it otherwise.
enosix can get you up and running faster than you ever thought possible:
- Install: Our framework is installed in SAP as a certified add-on. The framework uses our custom Rapid Integration Objects (RIOs), which live in SAP and unlock your data and business processes intuitively. This is what allows us to complete integrations in record time.
- Connect: We have pre-built connectors for all of the Salesforce Clouds, if that’s your front end of choice. Or you can expose our RIOs through a REST API to easily connect to virtually any other system. Our simple API means we can do things like get all of the details for an order, including line items, condition codes, master data descriptions, etc. with just a single API call — vs. the dozens that other approaches require. This dramatically speeds up the integration process.
The benefits of integrating SAP with your front end systems are simply too great to miss. Our pre-built app can get you live months faster than other solutions, and we can do it all remotely, so you don’t have to wait to get started.
Please schedule a demo with us today to learn more about our integration solutions.