Enterprise resource planning software has provided efficiency benefits to businesses for decades, offering valuable intelligence about operations to aid decision-making, driving down costs and reducing time spent on many tasks across the operational workflow of a company.
The static nature of services provided and limitations on where the program was used were significant drawbacks for previous generations of ERP implementation. To meet the unique needs of businesses in the manufacturing and fabricating fields, companies had to pay for costly one-off customizations that were hard to carry over when upgrades were implemented.
The hardwired nature of older systems meant that it was often impossible for organizations to effectively access various data streams from ERP software when not using a workstation or desktop computer inside an office on work premises. Some businesses are still dealing with these restrictions, despite significant developments in terms of accessibility and adaptability for ERP.
Mobile warehouse management increases effectiveness
The more connected that an ERP solution is, the more benefits it can provide to users. Forbes points out that increased accessibility in ERP – such as with the use of a cloud-based system – often leads to a quick turnaround on projects and distribution timelines without sacrificing quality or going over budget. Because information produced by the software is accessible anywhere, from the office to the factory and even for staff members working remotely, it can be quickly analyzed and digested.
The ability to check production levels while actually on the work floor means that communicating with front-line managers and employees about various concerns is simplified. Information can be shared in real-time through mobile devices, instead of having to rely on printouts and notes.
Flexibility is a business aid
Being able to modify and expand ERP services to match changes in a business and industry is one of the biggest benefits provided by modular systems, like Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Information Week highlighted the versatility of NAV's cloud accessibility in a recent article.
Along with being accessible on the cloud, this system lets purchasers add on elements that are suited for specific needs, like time tracking software and advanced inventory tracking solutions. The strong backbone of the software supports the utilization of useful components without forcing businesses to buy a program with features they don't need and won't use.
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