What makes an ERP system global? Whether your company has ten sites in one country or sites spread across the globe, when we talk about a global ERP system, we are talking about a system the applies the same processes to all those sites. Typically a global ERP system will have common business processes, standardized business processes, and standardized Master Data. When it comes to the number of instances, typically fewer are easier to maintain. But some of our customers have many reasons to have different instances, like historical or legislative reasons.When we look at the processes within an organization, we are going to find three groups we need to dive into when building our Core ERP model.
- Global Elements: A global element is a process followed in all the sites of the company. Some of these processes go across the chart of accounts, common processes, master data, or common architecture. In some cases, these procedures can expand to purchase, or common interface, procurement aspects, etc.
- Group Element: These are processes that are applied to several sites. These elements can apply to a manufacturing site or a region-for example; applicable to EU member states only.
- Localizations: Localizations fall into a local group category and can be split into two elements.
- Legal and regulatory requirements that apply to a particular country. These requirements can contain local integration and reports, local data, translations, or contractual requirements to comply with local regulations.
- Local processes that in some cases represent a challenge if the desire is to work with the team and the local site to move them to a group of elements or a global element.