System integration

Get more out of your IT investments

What is system integration?

Several of our tasks are already digitized in various IT systems. It can be business systems, CAD systems, HR systems, document management systems and business systems of all kinds. At Cadcraft, we believe that the key to real digitization lies in the integration between the systems.

By getting the different systems to communicate with each other, the need for manual management is reduced, which can save an enormous amount of time. In addition, mistakes are minimized and prevented as the transfer of information between the systems takes place automatically and securely.

In an ever faster world with higher demands on speed, security and flexible adjustment, mistakes are easy to make. Increased efficiency and more secure information management is a must. Therefore, our work needs to be supported by efficient solutions where different IT systems in the company’s different departments are integrated with each other.

At Cadcraft, we have focused on integration based on Autodesk’s Data Management solution Vault and Lifecycle Management solution Fusion 360 Manage. These systems are connected to other systems such as business systems, cloud portals, customer management systems, project management, etc.

Our flexible platform for integration is called iConnect.

 

Integration between PDM and ERP

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Integration between PLM and ERP

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Smarter data-flow

At companies, there is often a clear focus within each individual department on becoming more efficient, but unfortunately the interface between the company’s various departments often has a lower priority, which ultimately creates inefficiency. Questions that you should consider are:

  • How do we receive data in the sales or order flow and how do we forward the data?
  • Do we start each new step by refining or reusing existing data, or do we start from scratch?
  • How much time do we spend manually on moving information from one system to another?
  • Does everyone always have access to the latest audit?

By taking advantage of the data created at each stage and making the correct version easily accessible to all parties involved, unnecessary administration and misunderstandings can be avoided.

 

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Real digitalization – get more out of your IT investments

System integration is a really good way to get more out of IT investments. Connecting systems provides superior synergy effects and efficiency gains. Integration of stand-alone IT systems has enormous potential to simplify and automate processes and workflows, which provides a better user experience and increased profitability.

 

Cadcraft has extensive experience of connecting systems with each other that process design-related data. Our solutions for integrations are based on standardized software solutions that are tailored to each customer’s individual needs.

How to proceed?

To start working with system integration, we recommend conducting a Cadcraft Discovery Workshop, where we together map data flows and how an integration can create value for your company. What data stakeholders are there between which systems and when in the flow should it take place? The bearers of data are usually articles when it comes to communication to and from the PDM/PLM systems.

 

It is important to decide which data is to be moved between the systems, which system is the master for each metadata and where the article/data carrier is to initially be created. Article data can be generated from different systems. Typical production and purchasing-related data are often controlled by business systems, while basic information is controlled by the PDM/PLM system, such as designation and material.

When the overall questions are set, the questions are broken down:

  • Who has the right to create new articles?
  • How should data fields be mapped?
  • What data is mandatory?
  • Should nomenclature rules be applied?
  • How is data updated?

This type of information becomes the basis for the specification that control the set up.

 

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Pilot environment

In order to verify and be able to test drive an integration, a test environment is often set up. This provides the conditions for calmly and safely being able to test the flows of data and adjust them depending on needs. Tests are performed with copies of existing data. A large part of a project is often to clean up existing data in order to be able to follow the new approach.

Production environment

When the environment is verified and the data has reached a hygiene level, the solution is commissioned. Continuous improvements and new wishes are observed.

At Cadcraft, we have extensive experience of working with system integration and are with you all the way. In addition to our expertise, we have a unique product called iConnect, whose purpose is to facilitate your integration needs.

Do you see a need for more efficient processes and secure data management in your company?

Do not hesitate to contact us!

 

Niklas Augustsson

Account Manager