What is ERP
To start with, ERP is decrypted as Enterprise Resource Planning. It is considered to be an integrated management of main business processes such as inventory and order management, accounting, human resources, customer relationship management and some other processes which are significant when you run a business. It is important to point out, that all these activities are integrated into one system. This is very useful for everyone because it becomes easier to regulate processes and essential information. The key peculiarity of ERP System is that there is a database which is shared for various business units. It supports a lot of functions used by these units.
ERP System enables its users to have synchronized reporting and automation. It is very important for employees because they shouldn’t hold certain databases or spreadsheets and then joint it manually. Using ERP, an employee just pulls reports from one complete system.
The main function of ERP is to help every employee do his or her jobs in a more efficient way. Also, there are some other functions including:
- improving financial compliance with regulatory standards;
- reducing risk;
- enhancing customer service;
- automating the most important business operations (there is one source which deals with both billing and relationship tracking).
So, this system can be useful for many people. First of all, it is very significant for employees as it facilitates their process of working. They can access at any time the accurate information that helps them to work faster. For example, there is a portal or dashboard where there are some main metrics which cause better understanding of the whole business’ performance. Secondly, companies are able to have a global view of data in real time. Consequently, these companies will solve their problems and improve something with the help of ERP System. And finally, the customers can get better service using only one source. All in all, thanks to ERP, software redundant processes and systems are eliminated and that’s why the cost of doing business becomes lower.
Types of ERP
There are different types of ERP Systems like:
- SAP R/3 and B1;
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV and AX 2009;
- JD Edwards EnterpriseOne;
- Oracle E-Business Suite Financials and PeopleSoft Enterprise.
How to choose the best one?
While choosing the best type of ERP Systems you should pay attention to such key factors as the size of the business, functions, your business requirements, the number of anticipated users and of course the type of the business.
To sum it up, there are a great number of advantages which ERP System offers to its users.
Magento ERP integration with Microservices
MageDirect integrates Magento with ERP using a single microservice, designed for you, or a network of microservices.
Simple and clear:
Microservices are a network of stand-alone mini-applications that divide your business logic into small parts that are easier to develop and maintain. Single Microservice performs exactly one business function.
Microservices can interact with each other via the API. This is a modern engineering technique that allows you to be more flexible in making routine tasks, especially if you are developing an omnichannel system.
- Business logic is separated from Magento Extension
- You will receive a standalone mini-application (microservice), which can be integrated in the future with any platform.
- Reducing the number of development hours when creating integration with other platforms.
- Under a microservice, it is possible to allocate the separate server (if to you, for example, it is necessary to allocate more hardware resources under calculations)
- GDPR compliance. Additional data protection, you can mark out micro-versions on a separate server, and send API requests on a secure channel.
- It is convenient to outsource parts of the work to different vendors.
How integration works
We create a separate PHP application (microservice or microservice system) based on your technical requirements. In this application, there is a business logic that will be decomposed from Magento.For the development of microservices, particularly for ERP Magento Integration, we use the framework – Lumen.
Microservice is usually created with the database and the API.
On the Magento side, Magento extension is developed, which acts as an adapter, which delegates all information processing to the micro-service.
Magento ERP integration extension performs the following role:
- Receive and display data received from the microservice
- Send data to the microservice.