An effective enterprise resource planning system is a huge boon to businesses, providing increased visibility across an organization as well as boosting specific back-office and work floor processes. That being said, not all ERP platforms are created equal. A system that doesn't meet the needs of a business, whether for time-tracking software, mobile warehouse management or financial compliance and order tracking, can drag down productivity and create a system that is more of a burden than a benefit. The structure and setup of an ERP system are crucial for creating an environment where efficiency flourishes. Businesses that have the ability to further change their platform to meet future needs and continue the positive developments created during initial implementation are in a great position to get the most out of this important software platform.
Business Day pointed out that the flexible nature of Microsoft Dynamics NAV has helped manufacturing businesses of all shapes and sizes become more effective in their operations. Not only can manufacturers and warehousing businesses reduce waste and excess spending with a modular ERP system, they can also add positive differentiators that set their operations apart from competitors. Because Dynamics NAV has an open-ended structure that encourages the addition of components as a company grows, it's particularly cost effective. This structure creates ongoing benefits without increasing costs or resource obligations. In fact, Dynamics NAV allows for more controlled spending and provides the opportunity to add more functionality as funds become available. This is in direct contrast to the all-in-one ERP systems that require a large up-front investment and create downtime when new pieces are added.
Useful in many different situations
Dynamics NAV is a top choice for manufacturers, but that one term covers businesses of many different sizes and orientations. Both large and small businesses can benefit from the addition of ERP, with specific market and total output influencing which modules are added to the basic functionality of a system. CIO.com recently highlighted the growing importance of mobile devices in the workplace, and pointed to the need for ERP systems to involve a mobile component for continued success. Having a component such as mobile WMS is a great place for manufacturers of all sizes to start incorporating mobile devices into their ERP strategies.
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