Ease of use for ERP software a continuing concern

////Ease of use for ERP software a continuing concern

Enterprise resource planning software provides significant benefits to businesses in terms of cost and time savings. It also allows for quick analysis of workflow and drastically reduces errors across many parts of a firm's operations.

ERP implementation shouldn't be a very difficult decision for businesses, as there are so many positives and the presence of any negatives is almost always nonexistent. Choosing exactly which software platform is used should involve some careful deliberation because not all ERP programs are created equal.

Smart Data Collective points out that one of the major challenges for companies using ERP is that making changes and additions to a current program can be difficult. In fact, 33 percent of respondents to a survey by the site said they find implementation of new ERP functions difficult, while just 21 percent of organizations using such software found it easy to do.

What drives difficultyThe complexity of overall resource planning and management that these systems provide is one of the reasons that some ERP programs are difficult or complex to use. The unique and changing nature of individual company needs can highlight these frustrations. A solution that was designed with changes and additions in mind, like Microsoft Dynamics modules, can lessen the problems created and increase the ease of implementation and use.

Some users of ERP systems have also reported a desire for increased flexibility, which can be addressed during initial implementation as well as with modifications. Organizations need to determine what factors are most important when deciding on the specifics of their ERP software so that a solid base is created. If major business factors are neglected during initial implementation efforts, additional work will be required to rectify the situation.

What to look for in your ERP solutionsThe best-in-class providers of software platforms focus on widespread integration, according to a report on ERP providers from Aberdeen Group. The top companies have systems where manufacturing is integrated with customer service, delivery information, product design and other logistical issues.

Companies interested in the best ERP programs should seek offerings that function as a system of record capable of being audited, meaning employees can find all the information they need about a process and results through the software. This added functionality also spurs use.

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.