The overall use of enterprise resource planning software is expected to increase across the many industries that have inventories and warehouses to manage.
A report from intelligence firm Research and Markets projects that inventory control systems, time tracking software and many other ERP components will be used by even more companies than currently take advantage of such offerings during the next few years. Additionally, there will be an emphasis on the use of cloud-based ERP programs as the barriers to use for such services will continue to decrease.
Although large businesses have commonly been early adopters of warehouse management plans, the changes in the market will make the acquisition and use of this valuable software easier for small- and medium-sized businesses. The reliance on in-house IT professionals may be reduced with newer ERP programs, another cost-lowering action that will increase ERP availability.
Implementation missteps to avoid
Although ERP is incredibly useful, it must still be carefully planned and installed to create the most beneficial processes possible. MS Dynamics World recently listed common problems that businesses run into when trying to set up a barcode inventory system or add modules to existing programs and gave some advice on what organizations can do to avoid them.
One of the most important things a company should consider during initial ERP setup is have company-wide participation. This includes input from frontline workers as well as the involvement of top-level executives on a higher level than simply signing off on a purchase order.
Although ERP will provide significant and positive benefits, it can go over budget or past schedule if there isn’t the necessary level of involvement from top executives, the implementation team, warehouse managers and others. A group atmosphere and open discussions about the process should be emphasized to keep the project on track.
Money doesn’t fix all the problems
MS Dynamics also stresses the point that understanding the financial obligations of an ERP project at the onset is vitally important. Although the best-in-class providers of such programs give salient advice about overall implementation costs, businesses can’t simply choose an amount of money and assume it will be enough for an ERP program that addresses all of a company’s needs.
Instead, consistent consultation with both the provider and the project team should be used, communicating information and changes to the project as they happen instead of when the final bill is due.
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