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E-Commerce But no matter what the details are, solving the difficult problem of integrating ERP and ecommerce requires careful planning, which is key to getting integration off on the right track. One of the most difficult aspects of ERP and e-commerce integration is that the Internet never stops. ERP applications are big and complex and require maintenance. The choice is stark if ERP is linked directly to the Web—take down your ERP system for maintenance and you take down your website. Most e-commerce veterans will build flexibility into the ERP and e-commerce links so that they can keep the new e-commerce applications running on the Web while they shut down ERP for upgrades and fixes. The difficulty of getting ERP and e-commerce applications to work together—not to
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Unformatted text preview: mention the other applications that demand ERP information such as supply chain and CRM softwarehas led companies to consider software known alternately as middleware and EAI software. These applications act as software translators that take information from ERP and convert it into a format that e-commerce and other applications can understand. Middleware has improved dramatically in recent years, and though it is difficult to sell and prove ROI on the software with business leadersit is invisible to computer usersit can help solve many of the biggest integration woes that plague IT these days....
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