Understand strengths and weaknesses to better utilize ERP

////Understand strengths and weaknesses to better utilize ERP

The amount of options offered by enterprise resource planning software to boost specific areas of operation and provide greater organizational insight is impressive, if not staggering.

For the uninitiated, deciding on the right system to use can be a difficult task. This is especially true for manufacturing and fabrication companies because they often have a wide variety of disparate organizational needs, from the desire for increased long-term financial insight to better tracking of employee hours through timekeeping software. Because there are so many systems available on the market, organizations with little experience that are looking for an upgrade or complete system overhaul might be tempted to choose an ERP provider that offers an all-in-one solution.

However, this kind of ERP setup is often less responsive to the needs of a company as it changes and grows, or even when the need for an additional component is realized after the fact. As TechTarget says, businesses need to focus on both overall performance and individual components during implementation process. While businesses should have a strong understanding of their needs prior the actual selection of software, less-experienced companies may find that they overlooked a minor need or poorly estimated how to address a specific component of overall operations after the fact. Having a system that can develop along with an organization is likely more useful.

Stay open to change with modular ERP software
Organizations have a variety of methods at their disposal to improve both implementation and return on on investment. Having a group of employees from across an organization maintain a dialog about ERP, before, during and after installation, can help develop a running list of needs, concerns and successes that will influence future decisions. In a separate article, TechTarget suggests creating such a group, calling it a center of excellence, that helps to address issues beyond technical implementation and maintenance, including adoption and performance.

Using modular ERP like Microsoft Dynamics NAV can help companies stay agile with their ERP strategy, reduce missteps and improve return on investment. Because components can be added to this kind of platform as the need arises with a minimum of hassle, ERP remains responsive without significant downtime or implementation headaches. This flexibility is much better than the traditional format for such software that required periodic upgrades and was hard to change in between these major undertakings.