How ELMA created a future-oriented system architecture.
Elma Americas identified the need for a future-oriented digital system architecture for various benefits for the Elma Group:
Therefore ELMA evaluated various applications and operating solutions in a global evaluation process and opted for a Produkt Data Management (PDM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system in the cloud. Accordingly, ELMA designed a modern cloud Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) architecture together with Intelliact featuring a cloud-based PDM-ERP interface.
ELMA's goal was to harmonize the global IT landscape and to complete a generational change for PDM, ERP, and other core systems.
Due to the major change in the system landscape, ELMA implemented the changes at a first smaller location in the US in order to gain experience. This change included:
To ensure the flow of information from PDM to ERP, a cloud-based interface was developed and implemented. The related interfaces are configured/implemented through an API connector based on a standard product running in the cloud and use standard APIs for both PDM and ERP.
The interface operation was designed to meet the given requirements. In the future, it will also be possible to connect other systems (on-premise or cloud solutions) to the PDM and ERP systems via this API connector.
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