Build your own Salesforce-ERP integration
Building a custom integration can be a tempting alternative to the ready-to-use integration platforms. Be aware that custom-made interfaces tend to have a higher initial cost compared to ready-to-use data integration platforms. You must build the integration from scratch. Ready-to-use Salesforce integration solutions may have a lower long-term maintenance cost, but the actual maintenance costs cannot be precisely defined at an early stage as you cannot have an overview of the changes you will need to perform in the future. Custom-developed Salesforce integration transfers rarely include additional functionality within scheduling, error handling, monitoring, etc.
Data integration platforms
If you decide to invest in an established integration platform, you will benefit from years of best practices integrating Salesforce with ERP. Today, most ready-to-use Salesforce data integration platforms are fast, user friendly, and robust. It is generally difficult to say how much a Salesforce-ERP integration should cost. Data integration platforms can be an affordable alternative.
Pre-configured integration templates
Most companies have common ways of working and therefore data integration similar requirements. To meet these types of requirements, Salesforce integration tools can include a number of pre-configured integration points. For example, the RapidiOnline integration for Salesforce comes with out-of-the-box pre-configured endpoints for Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, and GP, 365 Business Central, and 365 for Finance & Operations. Having a properly configured ready-to-use endpoint for these systems could be the fastest and easiest way to perform Salesforce ERP integration.
Access to these pre-configured templates makes mapping smooth and easy, facilitates scheduling and sequence of your data transfers, and lets you handle errors in the most efficient way.
They can also be developed to follow the updates and upgrades of your integrated systems, which is a huge advantage moving forward.