Information Systems have improved the competitiveness of business over past several years. More than just tools for handling repetitive tasks, they are used to guide and advance all of a company’s daily activities. Integrated management software is today very often a key source of significant competitive advantage.
The standard response to a need for reliability, and rapidly increasing expectations is to create an organization based on departments with a clear linear structure, integrated around your operating processes. To increase efficiency amongst salespeople, accountants, logistics staff and everyone else you should have a common understanding of your problems.
For this you need a common language for shared references, policies and communication. A Resource Planning system provides the ideal platform for this common reference point.
Because of its modularity, collaborative developments in ERP have been cleanly integrated, enabling any company to choose from a large list of available functions. Experience has shown that there is no need to train users for several months on the system, because they can just download it and use it directly.
So you will find modules to suit all kinds of needs, allowing your company to build its customized system by simply grouping and configuring the most suitable modules.
The results are rather impressive. ERP is a Management Software that is downloaded more than any other in the world, with over 600 downloads per day. Today it is available in 18 languages and has a worldwide network of partners and contributors. Over 800 developers participate in the projects on the collaborative development system.
ERP is the management system which is routinely used not only by big companies but also by very small companies and independent companies. This diversity is an illustration of the software’s flexibility: a rather elegant coordination between people’s functional expectations of the software and great ease of use.
Such software has arisen from the blend of high code quality, well-judged architecture and use of free technologies. We’ve moved a long way from the days when the only people who could be expected to benefit from ERP were the owners of a widget factory on some remote industrial estate.
Benefits Of Resource Planning
Integrate financial information
As the CEO tries to understand the company’s overall performance, he may find many different versions of the truth. Finance has its own set of revenue numbers, sales has another version, and the different business units may each have their own version of how much they contributed to revenues. Our ERP creates a single version of the truth that cannot be questioned because everyone is using the same system.
Speed up manufacturing processes
Manufacturing companies—especially those with an appetite for mergers and acquisitions—often find that multiple business units across the company make the same widget using different methods and computer systems. ERP systems come with standard methods for automating some of the steps of a manufacturing process. Standardizing those processes and using a single, integrated computer system can save time, increase productivity and reduce head count.
ERP helps the manufacturing process flow more smoothly, and it improves visibility of the order fulfillment process inside the company. That can lead to reduced inventories of the stuff used to make products (work-in-progress inventory), and it can help users better plan deliveries to customers, reducing the finished good inventory at the warehouses and shipping docks. To really improve the flow of your supply chain, you need supply chain software, but ERP helps too.
Especially in companies with multiple business units, HR may not have a unified, simple method for tracking employees’ time and communicating with them about benefits and services. ERP can fix that.