Enterprise resource planning software is commonplace throughout the manufacturing and warehousing industries. A vast majority of businesses use ERP to manage high-level data and make it more visible, as well as boost individual work processes such as mobile warehouse management and resource tracking. Some companies have problems getting end-to-end functionality out of their ERP, however, and have taken to using more than one system in their operational management efforts. A report from Aberdeen Group put the average number of ERP systems used by a manufacturing organization at 1.9.

Having more than one ERP system in place isn't a best practice because it reduces the effectiveness of each individual platform and causes compatibility issues. One way to work around these problems is to implement a more versatile system such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The ERP Software Blog pointed out that NAV is especially useful for manufacturing and warehousing businesses in terms of managing inventory, both for the finished products stored in warehouses and the raw materials used on the work floor. Having a more flexible system means eliminating the need to use more than one.

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