Using too many management systems and software packages can significantly reduce the type of insight and advantages that enterprise resource planning software and other related platforms are intended to provide. Instead of gaining increased visibility into total operations and applying specific productivity enhancements to the work floor, managers and supervisors end up spending a significant amount of time reconciling data from disparate systems. The average manufacturing company uses 1.9 ERP systems, according to Aberdeen Group, so there's definitely room for businesses to improve their approaches to ERP.
While using the tiered approach as advocated by TechTarget is effective in reducing the uncertainty and inefficiency associated with using many ERP systems, it doesn't directly address all cost or effectiveness issues. Using a modular, flexible ERP framework such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV allows companies to include far more of their needs in a single system. Modules available from top vendors allow businesses to address specific, unique needs and craft an individualized system that doesn't suffer from common customization and implementation problems.
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