Enterprise resource planning software is a powerful tool for businesses, but areas of operation are often overlooked when companies decide to implement a new ERP system or upgrade to a new one. Businesses that focus too much on creating high-level visibility and end-to-end integration will have a system that provides accurate tracking and financial recordkeeping, but will lack the work floor benefits that specific modules focused on front line productivity. Enterprises that take the opposite approach will have to contend with a lack of insight on the executive level. To get the most out an ERP system, a balanced approach is required. Here are three pieces of advice to get the most modern approach from an ERP platform:
- Make a list: CIO.com cited the end-to-end features of ERP software as potentially its greatest asset, so tracking all of the functionality that a business wants out of its software is imperative. Start off with creating a list of the most vital components for successful operation, and then use this as a base for creating a more comprehensive catalog of wants and needs. This list can then be used to work with vendors and different internal departments to highlight missing components and areas that require more or less attention.
- Work closely with the provider: Having a great vendor can often mean the difference between a poor or average ERP implementation and a great one. Companies that can find a vendor that provides a high level of interaction and assistance will have a much easier time of balancing their specific and general needs as far as implementation and the functionality of ERP components. The need to generate business intelligence, as highlighted by CFO, and to automate specific work floor practices, can be framed as synergistic goals instead of opposing ones.
- Go modular: Companies with a modular ERP system hold a variety of advantages over those using a more antiquated, all-in-one platform. For manufacturers and warehousing companies, a system such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV allows businesses to not only select the specific features that make the most sense to them, but also to add more useful pieces as time goes on.
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