The open architecture of the MercuryGate TMS makes it simple to integrate transportation planning, execution and settlement with external systems. Integrating with accounting systems, warehouse management systems (WMS) and carriers is often required to provide the company with an efficient means for sharing data and for providing a clear and reliable view of the entire fulfillment process.
MercuryGate has interfaced its TMS to common commercially available accounting packages, ERP and warehouse management systems with accounting feeds as well as in-house developed systems. Some examples of integrated applications include SAGE, Microsoft Dynamics ERP, QuickBooks, SAP, Oracle Financials, HighJump, and JD Edwards.
MercuryGate uses an open architecture that enables rapid data mapping into your systems. The common integration is an XML feed that contains all of the necessary information for an ERP, WMS or accounting system to easily process transactions. It uses a self‐documenting structure to allow users to use as much or as little of the information desired. If you are using one of the numerous packages already integrated, the solution is simply turned on for you. Some adjustments might be necessary for your business such as additional references desired, etc. Basic process steps such as POD verification, etc. are simple configuration setups. While XML is a common method for integration, other methods such as X12 EDI and SAP IDocs can also be used.
Web services are an effective method to integrate the TMS with other networked applications. They are used to provide access to information in the TMS from external systems as well as access to external data from within the TMS. A common application for external integration is rate shopping. Web service calls are made into the TMS to retrieve the correct rate and carrier information and then are presented in the context of the external application or web site. From within the TMS, calls are commonly made to external applications for mileage determination, parcel carrier rates, and many other applications.
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