• Will Agni Link support my CAD and ERP systems?

Elmo Solutions’ Agni Link is currently available as an add-in to the following platforms:

 

CAD/PDM/PLM applications

Planned

CAD/PDM/PLM

applications

ERP Integrations

Planned ERP Integrations

Agni Link can also be easily and cost-effectively adapted to virtually any CAD, PDM, PLM, ERP, MRP, CRM, BPM or other system. Do not hesitate to contact us to inquire about availability for other applications that may require CAD/PDM/PLM data integration.

  • How easily can Agni Link be adapted to our existing business process?

    Very, very easily. Using the Agni Link Configuration Wizard, customers can reconfigure, add or remove CAD-ERP mappings at will, thus allowing total freedom in the definition of their integration. Of course, it is also possible to save a set of different configurations that will be selected depending on which business process is the object of the current integration, or what type of user (designer, reviewer, production manager, etc.) needs the integration.

  • When is the best time to deploy CAD-ERP integration?

     Agni Link can be deployed at any time, either during, after or, even better yet, prior to the implementation of the ERP system. The best possible time to implement the integration is right from the beginning. That strategy ensures maximization of the ROI (Return On Investment) by bringing the benefits of CAD-ERP integration as early as possible in the implementation process.

    This is especially true in the context of Elmo Solutions’ BigBangBoMs Program, which can translate into dramatic savings during the data initialization phase of an ERP implementation by harvesting all the available CAD data available in the customer’s environment, and bringing it, duly cleaned up and validated, into the ERP system. All for only a fraction of the cost of manually entering/importing CAD data.

  • Can Agni Link be customized once deployed?

    Absolutely. It is possible to custom-tailor, not only at the customer’s level, but even at the end-user’s level, as well as at the business process level, to completely change the way Agni Link maps and processes integrated CAD and ERP data. And of course, this can be done at any time after Agni Link is deployed.

  • Do I need to turn to Elmo Solutions every time I need to customize my CAD-ERP integration system?

    Absolutely not.  With the Agni Link Configuration Builder,  Agni Link customers can to custom-tailor their Agni Link configuration.  They can create as many customized configurations as needed, thus making it possible to create custom mappings based on end-user’s roles and responsibilities in the customer’s business process.

  • My ERP application is a custom-built, in-house application. Is Agni Link a good fit?

    Definitely. An Agni Link custom configuration can be built for virtually any business system, either off-the-shelf or custom-built.

  • It is not so much Bills of Materials we wish to integrate, but rather jobs, quotes and floor plans. Can Agni Link handle those?

    Absolutely. Actually, if a data object can be found in a CAD document, it can be translated as virtually anything into a business system, including, but not limited to:

    • Estimating
    • Jobs
    • Sales Quotes
    • Facility management data
    • Business Process Management (BPM) data
    • Work Orders
    • Production Orders
    • Production Schedules
    • Product Catalogs
    • Product Configurations
    • Parts Catalogs
    • Technical Documentation
    • Supply Chain data
    • Document Management
    • CRM data

    Absolutely. An Agni Link custom configuration can be built for virtually any business system, either off-the-shelf or custom-built.

  • There are 2 types of links to integrate CAD and ERP data: first, through the use of a live, bidirectional link, and second, using an export/import scheme. Why has Elmo Solutions dropped the latter of the two approaches?

    Although both methods have their respective merits, we found that the bidirectional approach using a 100% off-the-shelf solution with moderate customer-modifiable customization usually resulted in a significantly lower TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), compared to a unidirectional, 100% custom solution, mostly due to:

    • Export/import scheme brings a second-class data integration:
      • less reliable
      • more error-prone
      • deferred updating of ERP data
    • Intensive customer-specific customization that has to be contracted out to the solution vendor
    • Significantly higher implementation costs
    • Higher maintenance costs arising from changes in customer’s needs (must involve solution vendor every time changes must be made to the custom application)

    In our relentless quest to offer our customers the best bang for the buck, Elmo Solutions has made a decision to discontinue the use of the export/import unidirectional scheme, in favor of the live, bidirectional approach.

    How many customers does Elmo Solutions have?

    We do not normally disclose that kind of information.  One thing we can tell you is that Elmo Solutions has users in more than 50 countries.

    How are implementation projects driven?

    Elmo Solutions has customers on 5 continents, and most initial implementation, as well as ongoing, support services are promptly delivered remotely.  All that is required form the customer is a secure remote access software.  We recommend TeamViewer.

    For those rare instances that require on-site work, customers may use the services of one of our 120+ partners worldwide.

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