Bringing ERP into the Supply Chain


connecting erp to supply chain


ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is an in-house system that sits behind the company firewall which houses all the core data needed for the day to day operation of the company. In most supply chains, the data, external trading partners, and the data is outside of this firewall. This disconnect means that vital data isn’t readily available when it’s needed.

Integrated Supply Chain and Visibility

Connecting the in-house ERP system to the external supply chain creates the perfect integrated supply chain. Information flows seamlessly between in-house ERP systems and the trading partner’s system where real time updates are communicated without delay. This reduces all the inconsistencies across the extended supply chain.

As seen in the above diagram, all key players in the supply chain – suppliers, customers, logistics providers and warehouse operators are connected into a single system that provides clear communication channels.

Supply Chain Visibility Portal

A supply chain visibility portal is essentially an ERP system that is available outside the company firewall that can be used by all players in the supply chain. This allows you to gain all the benefits of sharing an in-house ERP system without compromising the security.

Collaboration Opportunities with the Supply Chain Portal

A portal for the supply chain provides collaboration opportunities for many processes, including:

  1. Order Collaboration – Purchase order execution is orchestrated in this collaboration type. From the time the order is released from the ERP until it’s executed fully, end to end visibility is provided to the suppliers.
  2. Inventory Collaboration – Visibility of inventory across all the locations in the supply chain is provided in the portal. Both inventory owners (suppliers) and inventory users (customers) can see the current and updated inventory level in the portal.
  3. Forecast Collaboration – Forecasts are an important tool in the supply chain. Having a view of what’s to come in the supply chain can allow suppliers to prepare in advance and allows all members of the supply chain to be ready.

By providing a supply chain portal, an in-house ERP can be extended to the external world. TPSynergy offers a supplier portal that adapts itself to your business, depending on your specific needs, and comes at a cost that fits your business.

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