The very first consideration when it comes to selecting ERP software for your company is to decide whether you really need an ERP or not. Let us provide you some use-cases to establish what an ERP do for your business, its processes and employees.
Is your business constantly facing issues with the uneven data and systems, unconnected communications and departments, operational inefficiencies, and lags in several other processes?
If yes then it’s time you deploy an ERP system and align different processes.
And the most recommended way to get an ERP is you purchase a readily available solution. Unless you are a large-sized organization, purchasing a readily available ERP solution is a smart decision.
But there are several other factors that a business needs to consider when choosing an ERP. This post is an effort to help you understand some use-cases so that you can decide if the ERP system is a right choice for your business.
The market of the ERP software is large enough in comparison of the other commercial software solutions. There are tons of options available, which mean that businesses have the flexibility to choose an ERP solution that best fits their requirements; however, the selection process isn’t easier, since there are multiple of choices.
And because there are hundreds of choices available in the market, it is better you first understand your company’s products, and IT, operational and infrastructural requirements, and business objectives before making any decision.
Let me present some ERP uses case helping you select your ERP solution.
Choose cloud-ERP for your small business
A company in need of improving its business-processes and avoiding the cost along with streamlining the inconsistent data coming from multiple channels should go for a cloud-based ERP. With a cloud solution, a small business can improve operations efficiency and keep itself away from investing capitals in acquiring hardware and software for its own ERP.
A small business can have the cloud-based ERP on a subscription plan and bring in efficiency to its operations.
Implement a niche ERP for an industry focused company
A company engaged in a specialized industry like food or beverage will always need an ERP customized to its operation-specific requirements and work pressures. Such ERP solution is tailored for a special industry type so that it can save huge time as well as can be easily implemented to a business environment. Companies in the gems and jewelry industries also need customized ERPs as they follow completely different work processes.
Adopt a two-tier ERP approach for a large enterprise
Large enterprises require ERP systems for their own internal operations and processes. An enterprise ERP solution needs to be quick to onboard new global offices and newly acquired subsidiaries.
Enterprises need a two-tier ERP approach featuring the cloud ERP for its own internal operations and with the localization capabilities for remote sites and business setups in different countries. An enterprise may have plans to migrate its remote offices on its own internally used version of the ERP or to migrate corporate over the cloud-based ERP.
Deploy the integration-process-supporting ERP for a manufacturing company
With an ERP system, a manufacturer can integrate its entire manufacturing process to avoid data discrepancies and additional cost-spending on various software suites. Many manufacturers are seen to use disparate systems to perform several functions while they all are parts of a single process: Manufacturing.
The implementation process can begin with a material planning ERP that helps a manufacturer keep tabs on the requirements of materials, track orders, order placements and origination, and then process different orders all the way through various manufacturing, distribution, delivery, fulfillment and payment related operations.
Get the per-project ERP for your customer orientated business
A company, performing all its operation for customers on a project basis, needs such ERP system which helps it track various activities and recourse and costs for every project. Also, the ERP needs to have additional ability to predict overruns or resources constraints related to a project.
These sorts of ERPs are known as project-oriented ERPs which offer a business with the end-to-end tracking ability and visibility of projects.
Bring in a multifunction-ERP system to your service organization
Service organizations use ERP software to coordinate with their finance, sales, and operations. They want to minimize errors and operations miscues. When an ERP is implemented, everyone uses the same data, which means irregularities are just removed from the process. Service organizations need service-oriented ERP systems that help track engagement of customers with their services, record activities, inform about consumptions of resources, and costs when they occur.
Mid-size business should choose an ERP with analytics capabilities and finance specific support
A mid-size company, which needs analytics data, can also rely on an ERP. Better analytics data will help mid-size the company improves its operational efficiency. A business intelligence system is a good example to the ERP system for a medium size company. ERP can also help in shortening its financial close cycles and bring in the accuracy of the accounting.
Businesses can implement individual ERP components
There are many companies, which want to go for ERP only with a single component like CRM or HR and want to add more components later. This helps them use an ERP system for a specific process, not all.
Author Bio:- Sofia is a digital marketing expert in Rapidsoft Technologies which is a leading IT consulting company providing full range it services including, IoT application development, ERP software development, and big data app development solutions.