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How o9 Transforms Disparate ERP Systems into Unified Insights

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Published: Reading time: 3 minStijn-Pieter van Houten VP of Industry Solutions
Stijn-Pieter van HoutenVP of Industry Solutions

In an era where businesses operate across a myriad of digital platforms, the challenge of integrating disparate systems, especially multiple Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, has become increasingly prevalent. This complexity is often magnified by the diverse channels through which businesses operate, such as retail, wholesale, and e-commerce. This blog explores how o9 addresses these integration challenges, from gathering information to applying knowledge effectively.

Understanding the integration challenge

Businesses today frequently face the daunting task of managing a scattered IT landscape, a situation often exacerbated by factors such as mergers and acquisitions. This results in a conglomerate of ERP systems, each serving different segments of the business but failing to communicate seamlessly with one another. The primary concern for many businesses in this situation is achieving speed to value - how quickly and effectively can these systems be integrated to support unified, efficient business operations?

The o9 method for bridging ERP gaps

o9's strategy for tackling the integration of disparate systems is akin to preparing for a comprehensive exam. Just as a student gathers information from various sources to build a coherent understanding and pass the exam, o9 aims to channel multiple data flows into a unified platform, transforming scattered data into actionable knowledge. This approach is not about the quantity of data or the number of systems in place but rather about identifying the functionality needed and ensuring the right data is available at the right frequency.
o9's experience with clients operating across complex IT landscapes has honed its approach to integration, focusing on the fundamentals of data exchange. By prioritizing the relevance and frequency of data, o9 enables the creation of data pipelines that accommodate both structured and unstructured data sources. This methodology ensures a streamlined process that brings speed to value, allowing businesses to leverage their existing IT investments more effectively.

Case in point

A prime example of o9's integration capabilities can be seen in its work with a tobacco manufacturer. Faced with the challenge of 15 different ERP systems due to acquisitions, this client needed to implement distinct planning flows across its diverse business operations. o9's innovative approach to data integration not only facilitated the rapid implementation across five ERP systems within 16 months but also provided a novel method for using transactional data to derive master data, thereby enhancing the overall planning process.

Using the Digital Brain Platform

The analogy of studying for an exam underscores o9's role as the Digital Brain Platform. Just as a student synthesizes information to answer exam questions effectively, o9 synthesizes data from various ERP systems to provide businesses with the insights and knowledge needed to make informed decisions. This process of integration is tailored to the unique needs of each business, ensuring that the functionality sought after is achieved through efficient data exchange and analysis.


The integration of disparate ERP systems presents a significant challenge for businesses seeking to streamline operations and enhance efficiency. o9's approach, characterized by its emphasis on understanding the specific needs of each client and its capacity to create flexible, effective data pipelines, provides a robust solution to this challenge. By acting as a Digital Brain Platform, o9 empowers businesses to transform their scattered IT landscapes into cohesive, integrated systems that support strategic decision-making and drive value.

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About the author

Stijn-Pieter van Houten VP of Industry Solutions

Stijn-Pieter van Houten

VP of Industry Solutions

Stijn-Pieter is VP of Industry Solutions at o9 Solutions. He has over 13-year consulting career in Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation and a keen interest in Planning and Control Tower topics.


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