Multiple ERPs, One Source of Truth: The Key to Wrangling Logistics Data from Disparate Systems

At small companies, logistics data sometimes falls by the wayside because managers don’t have the right tools to manage and analyze it. Large enterprises tend to have the opposite problem. Often, global companies will have multiple solutions, not the least of which is their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system in place to streamline their operations, and it’s actually this overabundance of tools that creates barriers to visibility, where integration with the supply chain toolset is incomplete.

Of course, having multiple systems isn’t necessarily a problem in itself. But when these systems aren’t set up to work in tandem with that toolset, data can easily become siloed—making it impossible for supply chain managers and leaders to gain total visibility into their global operations.

Poor implementation, no alignment

Each individual system produces data in a different format, and that lack of standardization can create glaring blind spots. Unless companies have a process in place for getting their data aligned before analyzing it, they’ll only ever get part of the story.

Scrapping the ERP to accommodate a Freight Pay/TMS/Business Intelligence solution for logistics, and starting over is rarely the solution. Software implementations are expensive and time-consuming as it is, especially when they’re done on a large scale. But ignoring the problem isn’t an option, either.

In order to drive better decision-making, companies need to move away from analyzing fragments of data and toward achieving one source of truth. And to do that, it’s essential to ensure that data from disparate enterprise systems is effectively centralized and standardized.

Integrate, standardize, normalize, and centralize

Manually collecting, standardizing, and normalizing the vast amounts of global logistics data generated by various systems can be immensely challenging, even for companies with in-house analytics professionals. In the long run, it’s far more cost- and time-effective to integrate your ERP and other systems with your logistics toolset, put processes in place to standardize and normalize your data, and centralize it all on one platform for easy analysis.

ERP providers may not be equipped to do this—after all, if they were, the implementation would have been successful in delivering this outcome in the first place. Instead, businesses can turn to next-generation freight audit and payment companies like CTSI-Global for our data expertise.

While many of our clients rely on us for freight audit services, we’re a logistics technology and business intelligence company first and foremost. Rather than handing white-labeled software to our clients with our logo on it, we developed our own proprietary transportation management system (TMS), which gives us the flexibility to provide seamless integrations and customizations. We also have a higher percentage of technology- and data-focused professionals on our team than most freight audit providers. This puts us in a strong position to help our clients integrate their various enterprise systems, centralize their data on our intuitive platform, and ensure consistency—so when they need to dig into the numbers, they can be sure they see the whole truth, not a small fragment of it.

Unlock the insights contained within your logistics data

ERPs and other business tools are designed to solve problems, not create them. At CTSI-Global, we’ve helped many of our clients recover from the lasting impacts of poor implementation by integrating systems, standardizing data, and ensuring key insights don’t get lost in the shuffle. We think in terms of the total ecosystem, the supply chain end-to-end, and the business function at its core.

Don’t leave your logistics data locked up inside disparate systems. Achieve one source of truth by contacting us today.

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