Look past planning with ERP

"Enterprise resource planning" may be a misnomer as far as current ERP software is concerned. As CIO.com pointed out, there isn't actually much of an emphasis on planning in modern programs, although businesses can add such functionality if they wish. ERP's main duties are far more focused on providing visibility into various business practices and offering specific efficiency improvements on the work floor for companies. This is good news for manufacturing and warehousing organizations, which have many diverse needs that need to be addressed for am ERP system to be considered a success.

Because ERP is now a tool for controlling resources, providing insight into consumption, production, spend and many other broad and specific functions, it's become an invaluable system for organizations in this field. In fact, Aberdeen Group reported that 92 percent of manufacturers are using some form of the platform to enhance operations. Companies looking to get the most out of their system – and their investment – should consider using modular ERP such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV to build a platform that focuses on the most pressing needs and can be further configured as a company develops and grows.

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.