P2P and ERP Integration: New Requirements, Evolving Tactics

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Without tight ERP linkages, the value of e-procurement and e-invoicing systems is greatly diminished. The Spend Matters P2P research team recently teamed up to write the white paper, Cloud P2P Deployment: A How-To Guide to SAP and ERP Integration with eProcurement and Beyond, which delves into strategies and tactics for making P2P and ERP integration work.

As they note in the analysis, “The right strategy for successful systems integration of ERP with P2P is different than it used to
 be – particularly when an organization turns to cloud-based approaches. The complex deployment and integration situation from only a few years ago has changed to make deployment easier as integration technologies have matured considerably. Plus the post-launch resources needed to maintain integrated solutions have significantly reduced.”

For those looking to delve into the topic, the report provides guidance not only around the technical steps involved in integrations, but also the human and organizational readiness required to make cloud P2P and ERP integration a success. It also includes a real-world deployment scenario that illustrates how a large organization successfully integrated their ERP system (SAP) with a third-party (Coupa) P2P solution.

In framing their research, Xavier Olivera, director of P2P research, Jason Busch, founder and managing director, and Thomas Kase, vice president of research, note that, “It is our hope that CPOs, CFOs and other senior procurement and finance decision makers that must develop a P2P integration strategy (and program) will find this report invaluable in their efforts. IT and other resources are likely to find useful tidbits as well. At its core, this report doesn’t just look at success criteria for ERP integration. It provides general strategy options for P2P cloud integration as well.”

Curious? You can download the full research brief, Cloud P2P Deployment: A How-To Guide to SAP and ERP Integration with eProcurement and Beyond, or simply tune into Spend Matters over the next few weeks as we highlight many of the findings and recommendation for the paper.

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