Getting the most out of ERP means the initial choice of a system that will provide results in the long term, staying relevant and adapting to advances and changes at a business. For manufacturers and warehousing organizations, a good ERP system allows for both specific improvements on the work floor and the cross-company insight that can lead to important, positive business changes. With the need for a strong ERP system in mind, here are four best practices for getting the most out of a system:
- Start of with modular: modular ERP such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV allows businesses with diverse needs to craft a responsive, customized system without the costs that those terms are usually associated with. By selecting a component-based system from the start, the ability to make further improvements is made much easier. Whether a company wants to add more functionality due to an increased budget or because of expansion, modular ERP is better able to meet those needs.
- Organize needs and wants: It's common for businesses to make detailed lists of ERP desires and necessities ahead of initial selection and implementation, as CIO pointed out. Companies can get more out of their current platforms by continuing to track needs and maintain a comprehensive list of things that are or will soon be needed, as well as less-crucial components that could also boost efficiency.
- Keep an eye on the future: Crafting a strong ERP system doesn't mean only focusing on the present. One of the best ways to continue getting a good return from such software is by incorporating as much future planning as is feasible. Making decisions about where to invest time and resources ahead of time instead of after the fact can help reduce unnecessary spending as well as get more out of ERP in the long run.
- Use hypothetical situations: CIO Insight recommends thinking through potential major events in the future of a business as well as the possible ramifications when it comes to ERP. This is a general best practice for businesses that also applies to ERP. The knowledge of different outcomes means that modules can be selected based on informed decision-making instead of a more random and less efficient approach.
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