Santa Maria start reaping the benefits of loosely coupled integration
In 2010, fast growing spice company Santa Maria started using
iCore Integration Suite (iCIS) for B2B/EDI and system integration.
Already at this stage, Santa Maria decided to adopt a SOA strategy
with loosely coupled components that would enable reuse when
extending the solution. Today, Santa Maria start reaping the
benefits of a wisely designed integration architecture.
The business solutions have been designed with iCIS as
integration platform, through which information flows
are routed in a loosely coupled way. To get a
well-designed architecture, iCore Solutions have been acting as
mentors as well as technical solution providers.
Earlier integrations comprise
- A Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) solution
- A Danske bank payment solution towards suppliers
- A third party logistics (3PL) service toward 3PL providers
- A B2B/EDI solution (old solution in Amtrix was exchanged)
- A Product Development Management System (PDMS) solution
All solutions have been integrated with the ERP system M3/Movex,
which in the future will be exchanged with Dynamics AX 2012.
"In the later projects we have started to see the real
advantages of a loosely coupled architecture", says Maria Reis, IT
Manager at Santa Maria. Now, we can reuse a large part of the
integration components that were created in previous projects,
which will save both time and money. Besides, with this
architecture we can make changes without affecting the
The next step is a pilot project for integration between the new
ERP system Dynamics AX 2012 and the warehouse in Kungsbacka,
Sweden. The warehouse will be seen as a 3PL provider, with certain
additions, such as customer and supplier data, item information
and quality control. This integration will reuse major parts
of earlier made 3PL specifications and solutions and item info from
the PDMS solution. This means that a substantial part of the
integration design is already completed. The pilot project will be
performed in cooperation with iCore's integration partners
In the future, when Dynamics AX 2012 is rolled out in the whole
organisation, major parts of the previous solutions can be reused.
This includes the additions made in the pilot project for
integration between Dynamics AX 2012 and the warehouse in
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About Santa Maria
Santa Maria is a major supplier of Spices, Mexican food and
International food concepts in Northern Europe. The company has two
divisions: Retail (Consumers) and Food Service (Catering). The food
service division is market leader in spices and Mexican food in the
Scandinavian market, and products are exports across Europe.
Santa Maria is a part of the Paulig Group and operates in all
European countries. We have more than 450 highly skilled employees
and produce our products in four modern factories in Northern
Europe. Santa Maria is certified in accordance with BRC higher
level standard and use HACCP in all our processes.
Our vision is to become the leading Mexican food company in
Europe as well as the leading company in Northern Europe within
international food and spices for both retail and food service