For manufacturing and warehousing businesses, enterprise resource planning software is a vital component of operations. Far more companies in these sectors use some kind of ERP platform than don't, and for good reason. The end-to-end visibility provided by these systems lets businesses make better decisions in a variety of operational areas, from production and storage choices on the work floor to financial and resource management concerns.

Being able to gain better insight into a wide variety of business practices is why many warehouse companies and manufacturers choose to use modular ERP systems, instead of a heavily customized, all-in-one solution. Using a specific platform like Microsoft Dynamics NAV helps businesses focus on specific needs, like enhancing inventory tracking with barcode data collection or automatic data capture, as well as providing functionality for other areas like financial reports and supply train tracking. The diverse operations of companies in these markets require an adaptive and responsive system that's easy to customize and change, even after initial implementation.

Supply chain news site EBN recently discussed a variety of details that businesses looking to change or upgrade their current ERP system should consider, pointing out that while the right software can significantly enhance operations, the wrong one can provide no benefit or even lead to negative consequences.

Stay agile and open to change
An especially salient point made by EBN is that businesses should consider short- and long-term evolution when it comes to their ERP systems. Because the goals of nearly all businesses involve development and growth, an ERP system should be able to handle these changes without needing costly overhauls or, even worse, an entirely new system implementation. This is one area where modular systems provide significant benefits over the more monolithic, less-malleable platforms used by some organizations.

Making sure that software can change along with the objectives and plans of a business is important part of harmonizing efforts across an organization. Aberdeen Group's research into manufacturing ERP shows that one of the biggest uses for these programs is collaboration, facilitated through real-time visibility. This need is one that is unlikely to lessen or disappear as organizations develop, as well as one that can be met exceptionally well by the use of modular ERP software.

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