Be prepared to respond to ERP trends

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Enterprise resource planning software is in a state of increased change, as cloud-computing technologies and new concepts, such as full access to information on mobile devices, are contributing to the steadily advancing pace of ERP. Businesses in the manufacturing and warehousing fields may be especially well positioned to reap the benefits of these advances, as the diverse needs for these kinds organizations will be better met by the increased flexibility of new ERP systems.

The rapid speed of development may also be causing confusion among companies that don't want to choose a system that may soon become obsolete because other, more effective options have been developed in the interim. Forbes recently discussed the steady advance of the ERP industry, pointing out the possible combination of ERP and customer relationship management software into a single system. Other opportunities for the integration of various types of business software aren't far off. For companies trying to get the most out of an ERP system and make sure it has a long useful life, a modular platform, such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, may be the best solution.

Combine useful functions and leave out irrelevant ones
A flexible ERP system based on individual modules allows companies to choose the specific functions they want in their platform without having to pay for any excess components that will see limited or no use. Organizations can choose between a wide variety of different components, selecting the most important ones for the initial implementation process and adding further pieces as the need arises and the budget allows. As research from Aberdeen Group shows, manufacturing businesses in general point to the need to adapt to change and manage growth expectations as major requirement for a new or upgraded ERP platform.

With the structure of a modular system in place, organizations are more able to adapt to trends and new options as they become available. Instead of having to purchase an entire new system or complete a total upgrade of a platform whenever a new feature is put to market, businesses can instead add a component with a minimum of downtime and disruption. Modular ERP helps organizations stay responsive and perform well in the present and the future.

Learn how to define your ERP strategy by downloading the white paper entitled "ERP in Manufacturing: Defining the ERP Strategy" from the DMS website today.