Effective ERP is responsive to industry-wide and company-specific needs

////Effective ERP is responsive to industry-wide and company-specific needs

Getting the most out of business software means paying attention to exactly what a specific product offers as well as providing proper and thorough training for employees who use the program.

When it comes to the unique needs of the manufacturing and warehouse industries, companies need to make sure they have effective and responsive enterprise resource planning software. While ERP is an incredible advantage in terms of boosting productivity and finding operational savings, the right kind of software needs to be selected to realize these benefits. Because companies in these fields have a wide variety of wants and needs, from mobile warehouse management to barcode data collection and timekeeping software, understanding what an ERP solution offers its users is imperative.

Have an implementation strategy
There's a responsibility on the part of businesses to realize their requirements for ERP before vendor selection even begins, according to TechTarget. Finding out difficulties that may exist with a current system is important, as are resolving cross-department issues that can limit the effectiveness of software. These needs can then be expressed to potential vendors and decision-makers can figure out which solution best meets their needs.

For companies that have many different operational requirements for their ERP software, a modular solution like Microsoft Dynamics NAV may be the best choice. This system is equally adept at improving efficiency in the back office and on the factory floor, allowing a variety of concerns to be addressed in a targeted fashion. For example, a business can invest in a top-of-the-line physical inventory management module without having to spend a significant amount on other components that aren't as necessary for operations. The focused efficiency of these systems allows greater control for organizations during the selection process and a bigger say in exactly what goes into their ERP.

Make sure essential needs are met
CIO.com recommends that businesses don't put too much stock into choosing an ERP solution simply because it's the newest or most visually appealing during demonstrations. While vendors that have newer products and responsive add-ons should be viewed as having an advantage over a competitor with an old or stagnant product, quality of installation and ongoing support need to be considered as well. Businesses choosing an ERP provider should make sure they can have a long lasting relationship with their vendors.

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.