The only rational strategy? Realize that IT infrastruc-
ture will always have some security risks – and ERP
integration is no exception.
Functionally Isolated Silos
Typically, single departments use best of breed applications with
isolated databases. (A best of breed application is the best software
of its type for a functional group’s business processes.) These applications use processes specific to each department and data focused
on each department’s needs.
These processes rarely overlap and, over time, the data becomes
isolated from both a functional and technical perspective. The
result? Functionally isolated silos of information.
And, because various data often do not match, different departments within the company will:
1) further isolate their information
because they only trust their data or
2) enter into a cycle of never-ending reconciliation. Either way, resources are wasted on non-productive activities.
Process-Oriented Integrated Solutions
When a contractor employs a process-oriented integrated solution, the
interface between applications is based on a contractor’s business processes. This approach determines what data must pass between applications and when the data will be shared, as well as the ownership and control
of the data.