December 10, 2019
Communication between engineering and manufacturing isn’t simple. OpenBOM helps you to integrate with any CAD system (check more here – OpenBOM Integrations). Right after you integrated OpenBOM with CAD, the question about next integration pattern will come – how to integrate engineering BOM with ERP system.
Before jumping to discuss how to integrate OpenBOM with ERP, I want to mention OpenBOM ability to capture all changes and manage BOM revisions. In a nutshell, OpenBOM is capturing all changes (check history command). History is captured automatically and you don’t need to do match to make it happen. But, revisions are user-driven. A revision is an immutable snapshot, managed to preserve a BOM with a specific state (snapshot). OpenBOM gives you a change report function that allows creating a report of what changed between revision 1 and revision 2. You can find this report useful when you would like to send changes to ERP (most of ERPs are requiring to send changes and not an entire BOM).
There are three main integration patterns between OpenBOM and ERP.
1- Use out of the-box-export
This is the simplest way to have integration. In OpenBOM you can always export the BOM or change report. So, you can export BOM or its change report into Excel or CSV file and send it to the ERP system. Most ERP systems already have a feature to import Excel or CSV files. It can be done easy and painlessly.
2- Use OpenBOM REST API
OpenBOM supports REST API that can be used to extract data from OpenBOM programmatically. Check OpenBOM online help for REST API Documentation. You can write the code that extracts data from OpenBOM and send it to the ERP system using API. Most of SaaS ERP systems have REST API option these days.
3- Use OpenBOM ERP Integration (out of the box or custom)
OpenBOM develops out of the box and custom ERP integrations. Which means we are taking care of the end-to-end process of integration. These integrations are tailored to a specific system and a specific set of customer requirements.
In this video, you can see an example of out of the box OpenBOM ERP integration. It is available on Oracle NetSuite OpenBOM SuiteApp . This video demonstrates a full scenario of integration between Solidworks, OpenBOM and Oracle NetSuite.
It covers the following steps:
1- OpenBOM – Solidworks Add-in
2- Engineering BOM
3- Configuration Oracle NetSuite OpenBOM App (suiteapp.com/openbom)
4- Sync data from OpenBOM to NetSuite.
OpenBOM provides flexible and robust options to integrate between OpenBOM and ERP. You can easy start off with a simple out of the box flexible OpenBOM exports. If this is not enough you can explore an option to use out of the box integration or ask OpenBOM engineers to create a custom integration.
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