It's in the best interests of manufacturers and warehousing companies to have the most efficient enterprise resource planning system possible. Because so much money is invested into even modest platforms and ERP systems are intended to provide end-to-end visibility that impacts so many areas of operation, having the best software available should be a priority. Taking full advantage of analytics and reporting features, as well as specific modules such as mobile warehouse management systems and timekeeping software can help in this effort.
With the importance of an effective, optimized ERP system in mind, here are a few pieces of advice to get the most out of a platform:
- Plan before the purchase: Taken at face value, this advice may seem too simple to be useful. However, the importance of planning isn't just in doing so, but in making specific determinations and rankings that will guide purchase, implementation and continuing use. Businesses need to take advantage of their own internal insight to determine which pieces of of an ERP system take top priority – and require the most attention and spending – and which other concerns are secondary functions or simply wanted components, not needed ones. By having a ranking in place ahead of selection, businesses can find the most effective ERP for their needs.
- Stick to the plan: This advice assumes a strong implementation strategy is in place, but this is the case for the majority of properly prepared businesses. That being said, ERP blog the Enterprise System Spectator suggested following all parts of an installation plan. This approach means sticking to best practices across the board, including performing due diligence when selecting a vendor, understanding the complete scope of potential benefits and costs and taking the time to adequately train employees.
- Balance effectiveness, price and time: One of the advantages of using a more flexible ERP system to manage operations is the increased ability to add more modules as time goes on, enhancing effectiveness without a high upfront cost. ZD Net highlighted the rise in smaller businesses using ERP, which means an even tighter budget for many projects. To keep costs low, companies can consider adding secondary and tertiary components to a system as time goes on, working within a budget to create the best results.
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