Is ERP implementation carried out for Bosses ?
Another common question arise before implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is that ERP is meant for bosses and not for lower lever employees in the hierarchy. The Directors and Managers are the key decision makers for every strategies of the Organization and henceforth ERP solutions are specifically crafted for High Level employees.
Although the above fact is incorrect – ERP solution is for every employees of an organization as the basics of ERP functionality is to keep inform every users of the management. Take an example of an Accounting clerk who just does basic entries of the expenses everyday- ERP solution helps him by providing every information, about the penny spent in the organization and handy information is available as and when require within few clicks. Further any employee can apply for reimbursement of the expenses quickly via ERP software. This also gets fast approved by the managers without any hassles.
This misconception about ERP is only for the Managers and directors comes from lack of training on the ERP system and the modules functionalities which de motivates employees to use the software – Further unwanted modules also confuses the user. Therefore before implementing any ERP solution one should understand the users rather than the decision makers – Features are important for proper management but until ERP software is not user friendly it may be frustrating and tedious job.
“I remember in my old days working on a field job and then filling out every details of the call into the ERP software. Our team used to feel so tedious because of the repeated fields and the number of minutes spent on filling a simple lead that many of them use to ignore – and the result was to spent whole day at the end of the month to complete the details.”
Some of the Advantages of ERP software for employees
- Improves employee productivity
- Instant decision making
- Effective communication within departments
- Efficient supplier’s interactions
- Reduction in Errors
- Handy information available as an when require
There are many advantages of ERP solution for the organization as a whole, but always remember to have simplistic ERP screens for low level employees – There are few of our ERP clients who integrate barcode system just to ensure that no data feeding is require in the warehouse. With this I conclude that ERP systems is not only for Decision Makers but for Decision making
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