The structural functionality of today’s business enterprises have evolved from simple to complex systems. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) are some of these management and integration systems trending across different types of organizations today. Needless to say of their resourcefulness in realizing organization’s goals, these two systems have a dozen of differences. Below are some of the differences.
Definition.EAI is a platform infrastructure for the purposes of linking various support systems, applications, and data sources to facilitate information flow across the enterprise.
ERP is a solution software designed to fully integrate business processes to collect, save, manage and distribute information to efficiently streamline these processes in the entire organization. ERP core business functions include, operations, consumers, human resources, financial, supply chain and inventory management.
Cost of Implementation.In both systems it may be difficult to outright say one is less costly than the other or vice versa. Nonetheless, for EAI the general cost of implementation is less to medium as compared to ERP approach. Administration and automation costs are are one of the major elements greatly reduced in EAI implementation.
Business ProcessesThe shared database in ERP system is considered as a single platform where all the business processes are controlled from a central point within the organization whereas EAI enterprise processes are distributed both to internal and external users.
Organization Resistance LevelsEmployees in an organization usually find EAI systems interface easy to control and manipulate data. With much of the restructuring and programming involved with ERP systems employees usually present some resistance for its implementation in the organization.