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Integrating DLT and ERP for Innovative Solutions

By CIOReview | Wednesday, March 6, 2019

With blockchain continuing to mature and incorporate in an area other than cryptocurrency, enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors are integrating DLT (distributed ledger technology) as an immutable and trackable record for supply chains and shipping manifests to equipment maintenance and dispute resolution systems.

Blockchain technology has evolved well beyond thought and has become a strong backbone for several large enterprises. Thus, the suggestions to merge distributed ledger technology with ERP systems have emerged. Such a merger would enable companies to streamline their investment while optimizing the cost. DLTs are used to keep track of transactions and value between Bitcoin wallets. The same principles apply to ERPs. ERP acts as a central nervous system, and in that, the capacity collectively transcends the ability to form individual parts to create consciousness. ERP centralizes all of the enterprise data. It provides a single point of contact. ERP can merge other business applications as well. It also shares secure data across various departments of an organization.

ERP software is required to have certain core financial features. HR accounting module of ERP solutions covers time tracking, payroll, and benefits administration. ERP systems with supply chain management built into them assist cross-functional staff in undertaking some of the supply chain processes. Asset management ranges from vehicle repairs to purchases as well as repairing electronics and other devices for the employees. These systems offer insight into reports and analytical data that belongs to finances across the company in real time. ERP systems are usually centered on individual companies or business units, with each having its database.

ERP focuses on improving data exchange, system interaction, and appropriate system environment. The complexity in integration is less because it already possesses all integration assets in a consumable manner. Upgrade in software can be done swiftly, and these solutions have support systems too. The entire system focuses on connectivity, and the systems often procure the best user experience. Enterprise integration software like ERP can function across various platforms and add real value to the business by continually feeding data between systems. Reusable API will help the users demand data seamlessly; it can also get more networks connected faster.

ERP is an integral part of an enterprise, as it handles purchase orders, invoices, finance, and payments. Merging ERP systems with blockchain technology will enable interoperability for different banking and commercial services.