Faced with mounting global competition, companies are having to improve how they coordinate activity across the company in order to maximize the value they deliver and minimize costs. In turn, this requires them to integrate previously discrete departmental information systems in order to enable such collaborative working.
Just as we always let a specialist execute a specialized job, quite in the same manner specific business processes are best handled by applications specifically designed to carry out those functions. But there is always a need to get all these specialized applications to work together as an integrated unit.
This is the genesis of application integrations.
There is always a dichotomy of one single application v/s different applications integrated together. However in the case of Retail Industry the argument shifts in favor of specialized applications integrating together to operate as a single homogenous unit. And it is the sophistication of the integration which determines the seamless operation of the applications.
In a Retail environment, the range of the business processes and the people who execute them are significantly disparate. The level of sophistication between the 2 types – be it processes or the people executing them is also very different.
It is due to this reason one always finds a Retail POS system INTEGRATED into the core accounting / ERP application.
The POS component of a Retail System is configured at the Retail Store while the ERP is configured at a central location.