eProcurement and P2P Systems Integration: SAP and ERP/Financials Integration (Part 2)

For a complete business-driven look at the benefits (and challenges) associated with eProcurement and broader P2P systems integration in a cloud environment, we encourage you to download: Procurement Systems Integration Within the Enterprise: Exploring Integration In The Cloud.

In the first post in this series, we considered some types and fields for common P2P integration points that compromise most eProcurement deployments. Yet some deployments go a step further. For example, as we reference in our above-linked Spend Matters paper on the subject, more advanced organizations might opt for additional integration fields and cross-linked postings (and subsequent fields within the P2P toolset) for areas such as indirect activity allocations, material movements, overhead rates, delivery scheduling, transfer orders and related fields.

The number of fields and complexity is fractal. Those layering on an SAP APO (supply chain) or logistics/warehousing capability for either (or both) sales and demand planning can expect additional mapping requirements (e.g., manufacturing orders, stock movements, deconsolidation, inbound delivery tasks) in tightly coupled P2P and re-skinned front-end direct buying applications.

Supporting similar integration scenarios for other ERP suites requires a similar level of analysis and upfront requirement definition and business planning. However, the naming conventions of Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Infor/SSA solutions and other ERP packages may be different. In retail environments, additional integration types may be required.

It is essential for organizations evaluating P2P solutions to trust but validate when exploring vendor claims on past P2P integration experience. We strongly recommend asking for use cases and references for similar environments wherever possible; such discussions may surface surprises even around basic areas to suggest further initiative prioritization down the line (e.g., enabling a single or virtual supplier/vendor master).

If you're curious about P2P systems integration, we encourage you to download the following Spend Matters Perspective: Procurement Systems Integration Within the Enterprise: Exploring Integration In The Cloud. The research brief is part of the Spend Matters Research Library, a service that offers free access to over fifty Spend Matters papers for qualified procurement and supply chain practitioners.

- Jason Busch

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