ERP Integration Made Easy: Myths and Solutions
November 28, 2023
Let’s debunk myths about ERP integration into modern software tools like Luminovo being too complicated, expensive and time-consuming. Learn exactly what the process entails through the experience of Stern-Elektronik GmbH.
We have the feeling that talking about ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) integration is some kind of conversation stopper. It’s one of those things that, if not understood properly, can create confusion and provoke reluctance towards it.
Have you ever found yourself thinking: “Oh no, I don’t even want to hear about it”, or “Not now”? Then, this blog is for you!
Let’s break the bias
First, a quick definition of ERP integration: it refers to the process of connecting your business ERP, which is THE central system holding the company master data, to other applications, with the objective of easily sharing data across systems. This connection is possible thanks to the technology of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), which also allows it to be in real-time, guaranteeing unparalleled data accuracy.
That said, why do people hate it so much?!
If not done the right way, embarking on an ERP connection project can be very time-consuming and costly for an electronics business, whose focus and expertise is (and should be) in building electronics, certainly not in connecting external software systems. The lack of internal know-how often calls for either expensive external ERP consultants, or a considerable amount of time and effort from the in-house IT department.
But it doesn’t have to be an either/or situation only leading to loss: if done the right way, it’s a project that will open up success and growth opportunities for your business.
Benefits for your business
For a business to succeed in today’s electronics industry, two things are key: speed and accuracy. A great first step towards it is to rely on modern software. The second step is to connect your ERP system to the software application(s) you need.
We’ve said that valuable data exists in the ERP system, but it’s often hidden or unstructured, and can’t be used to its full potential. Transferring this information to smart systems, such as Luminovo, can help you make this data usable.
The moment you connect your ERP system to Luminovo, your ERP information (i.e. internal part numbers or IPNs, stock and pricing data) becomes available in our software, making the entire request for quotation process smoother and faster than ever.
So, let’s see how the process of integrating your ERP system into Luminovo is smooth and fast, too.
What the process actually looks like
First, you should know that the transferred data is totally secured based on modern security standards.
Second, you should be aware that the integration process is fully supported by our Luminovo ERP expert and the Customer Success Manager of reference, with the aim of achieving the best usage of existing data.
Integration via REST API (recommended)
For the sake of this guide, we’ll solely focus on the integration via REST API, which is the industry standard and more modern way to go about it; it supports multi-site stock and more specification values for the transferred data.
The process involves four actors – the customer (you), the customer’s IT department, the Luminovo Customer Success Manager (CSM), and Luminovo’s ERP expert – and a total of six steps:
Pre kick-off meeting between customer and Luminovo CSM.
Customer fills out integration onboarding sheet.
ERP integration kick-off meeting between customer IT and Luminovo ERP expert.
Customer IT creates connection to Luminovo REST API.
Validation meeting between customer IT and Luminovo CSM.
Final meeting between customer and Luminovo CSM to confirm successful integration.
What this structure has been able to achieve is a smooth process, with very limited action items required from the customer, and the main work taken care of in the background for you.
We’ve asked Sebastian Bernstein, Sales Manager at Stern-Elektronik GmbH, who recently went through the ERP integration process with us, to tell you about their experience.
What is your role at Stern, and what was your role in the ERP Integration project?
I mainly work in sales, but I also dedicate myself to various topics in purchasing; I create calculations and deal with various projects. We got in contact with Luminovo at electronica 2022 in Munich and decided to work together right at the trade fair. In the following weeks, I introduced them to our house. In this context, the question of ERP integration came up, and I established the contact between our ERP service provider, PLANAT GmbH, and Luminovo.
Why did you decide for the ERP connection? What advantages do you see in the connection?
The connection of Luminovo to our ERP system is essential for our daily work. Through the connection and the associated daily synchronisation of our database, we can see our internal stock in Luminovo, and effectively take it into account when making calculations; whereas, before the integration, we had to deal with a significant amount of additional time to carry out inventory checks. So, one of the biggest advantages definitely is the time we save.
How complex or time-consuming was the ERP connection process?
In my opinion, the process of connecting our ERP system to Luminovo wasn’t complex or time-consuming at all. Actually, I’d like to thank our Luminovo contact, Mr. Minor, and our ERP service provider, PLANAT GmbH: they worked brilliantly together in the background, only involving me when necessary, for a total of two Teams meetings and a few emails.
How was the support you received from Luminovo?
The support from Luminovo was uncomplicated, competent, and smart. We were completely satisfied with the support during the whole integration process.
Would you recommend this process?
I would definitely recommend the process to every Luminovo customer, because it can significantly increase productivity within the team. In addition, the integration process is very well accompanied and supported by Luminovo.
Get ready for take-off
Integrating your ERP system with the applications you need, such as Luminovo, can make a real difference in the improvement of your daily business operations. We hope this blog has showed you how!
Our Partnership Manager, Nils Minor, is happy to give you personalised advice on the topic, so please don’t hesitate to drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, start by browsing our partner page and scroll down to “ERP partners” to learn what we can do for you.