There are plenty of benefits to be had from enterprise resource planning software, especially for manufacturing and warehousing businesses. Besides the more in-depth advantages of increased insight across an operation and the ability to quickly and efficiently realize useful business intelligence, ERP also allows for direct business improvements in specific areas, such as timekeeping software to manage employee shifts and mobile WMS for more effective and movable warehouse management. Selecting an ERP system with these benefits, or others that a business specifically needs, can lead to significantly increased efficiency and a successful project overall.
Manufacturing Business Technology pointed out the need for companies looking into getting new ERP or updating their current system to make sure vendors can back up what they're promising with real components and results. When a promise is made during negotiations, it's important to follow up and get more information about the specific piece of ERP or statistics being discussed. A trustworthy vendor will be able to back up their assurances with more detailed facts later on. These follow-up questions are especially important for companies using ERP for the first time, as a bad experience could not only sour executive opinion of ERP as a whole, but also remove the possibility of using such a valuable program.
Building an ERP system can be more effective
Companies in the manufacturing and warehousing fields that want to start using ERP often find the best way to go about the process is to develop their own systems. By using modular ERP such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, organizations can craft a system that is effective and responsive while having more control over priority functions, overall spending and additional upgrades. Modular platforms allow for the selection of more complex components to meet top needs, while less-crucial add-ons can be implemented later on to better meet the requirements of a budget.
As research from Aberdeen Group pointed out, there's no single need that is overwhelmingly influencing the selection and use of ERP by manufacturing businesses. With this in mind, it's especially important for companies seeking a new ERP solution to interact with their potential vendors and ask plenty of follow up questions. By going in-depth into how a component or overarching system works, organizations can be more assured of the usefulness of a specific platform.
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