It's common for manufacturers and fabricators to use enterprise resource planning software in pursuit of better operational efficiencies. ERP allows businesses to understand more of what happens on the micro and macro levels of operation, both on a day-to-day basis and over the long term.
The various trends of ERP programs and providers have gone from heavily customized, all-in-one solutions to more flexible ideas like the modular platform provided by Microsoft Dynamics NAV. One currently popular concept in the field is best-of-breed software for companies in the warehousing and manufacturing fields, according to industry source SearchManufacturingERP. Warehouse management systems were a common choice in the past, as many ERP systems – especially those that were inflexible or tough to update – lacked the specific functionality needed by some companies, especially those dealing with finished goods as opposed to raw materials.
The development of ERP usefulness specifically focused on manufacturers and warehousing means that there are more options available for companies in these industries. As SearchManufacturingERP points out, the use of warehouse management systems can be far more complicated than simply using the right ERP solution, and integration efforts can be a headache as well.
Modular ERP provides specific enhancements
The reason that warehouse management systems became more popular is that they focus on the unique needs of that business sector. However, the advances in modular ERP software mean that a simpler solution to unique, industry-specific management concerns is within reach for many organizations. Companies can purchase specific, value-added components like automatic data capture systems or timekeeping software to address current deficiencies and boost productivity.
One of the biggest benefits of modular ERP is that it can easily adjusted after the initial implementation process – something that isn't true of highly customized and static platforms. These systems allow for all the targeted functionality provided by warehouse management software without the need to install and integrate another platform into business operations. Spending on software is also kept under control by using a component-based system. Money can be put toward areas that need investment, while more basic modules can be used to meet less-pressing concerns. And if those issues become more significant, it's an easy step to add a module to the existing system.
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