Large and medium sized businesses use disparate applications to run their business and one of the major areas that need to converge amongst these applications is the Accounting, Financial and Inventory information. Tally being the default accounting, Inventory and Statutory Compliance software used by enterprises in these segments. Therefore the need arises to discuss on the Integration Capabilities of Tally.
Integration Solutions are designed to ensure that the existing investments in Software (ERP,Legacy and other Enterprise systems) remain intact by seamlessly integrating information with new systems, technologies and custom applications within the enterprise, as well as with companies with whom the business deals with.
Need and Benefits of Integration :
To meet the challenges of the new business environment, information systems need to communicate with each other as seamlessly as possible, provide right-time visibility of transactions across the entire enterprise and be flexible enough to accommodate the changing structure of the business. When more and more information needs to be shared across traditional business boundaries, the way you integrate your systems and processes is rapidly becoming one of the most important priorities in business today.
The following figure gives a complete perspective on the overall Integration Capabilities of Tally ERP
Tally Interfaces – For Integration :
Tally communicates with the external world mainly using two Interfaces.
Tally ODBC Interface (Read Only) :
ODBC(Open Database Connectivity) makes it possible to access data from any application,regardless of which Database Management System (DBMS) is handling the data. ODBC manages this by inserting a middle layer, called a database driver between an application and the DBMS. The purpose of this layer is to translate the application’s database queries into commands that the DBMS can understand. For this to function, both the application and the DBMS must be ODBC compliant i.e., the application must be capable of issuing ODBC commands and the DBMS must be capable of responding to them.
Tally XML Interface (Read and Write) :
XML(Extensible Markup Language) is the standard for information exchange with external systems. Tally.ERP 9 supports standardized message formats for Request/Response. Tally.ERP 9 can communicate with any environment capable of sending and receiving XML over HTTP.Tally can act as an HTTP Server capable of receiving an XML Request and responding with an XML Response. The entire Tally Data can be made available to the requesting application. It is also possible for the application to store data into Tally Database.