Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a software package through which an organization achieves an integrated system of data and processes in a single window of the solution. An ERP system combines all the elementary functions of an organization irrespective of its business or authority. ERP software undertakes to merge all departments and functions in a company onto a single computer system that serves the specific requirements of all those departments.
The entire functionality of an organization is enclosed in a single package that would be covered by two or more systems. An example of such software could be accounting software that offers both Payroll and Accounting functions. The entire business runs more effectively & efficiently with a single software program performing for the requirements of those in human resources as well as in the finance department.
Most Valuable Features of ERP Systems to Transform Businesses
Normally, each department in a company is embellished with computer systems, which are optimized in such a way, to carry out specific functions of a department. However, with ERP, all are threaded together into a single software program that runs a single database. This enables all the departments to share the information and communicate with each other without any hassles. A typical system design is modular, allowing companies to select the pieces. Each module covers a major business process. ERP applications normally should be able to stand alone, be implemented together, or integrate with the larger suite.
The HR component of an ERP system handles the full scope of employee management. It may feature:
Payroll software is the greatest asset. It is tightly integrated with the financial management module to handle wages, travel expenses, reimbursements, and tax and benefits deductions. The functionality helps automate the payments and removes the need for a payroll department or at least saves their time.
The module stores, monitors, and analyzes the company’s capital inflow and outflow and facilitates payroll, budgeting, billing, and banking operations. The tools may include:
A robust financial feature in ERP software enables companies to automate and simplify most accounting processes. They can meet financial reporting and tax requirements with a single accounting, banking, and payment system.
To manages leads, opportunities, and issues and consolidate data on the customers’ purchase history, interactions with customer support, and social media activities. It helps salespeople and marketing planners address customer needs, preferences, and buying patterns more efficiently and suggest additional purchases.
Businesses can provide relevant and real-time information for the best-prepared proposals, monitor the status of contracts and manage invoicing activities better. That boosts customer service and eventually profit per capita.
This component handles sales inquiries, quotations, sales orders, and sales invoices. More advanced ERP applications include taxation rules and a shipping tracker. They enable businesses to automate the tracking of sales margins and to access synchronized reports of key businesses.
Normally, each department in a company is embellished with computer systems, which are optimized in such a way, to carry out specific functions of a department. However, with ERP, all are threaded together into a single software program that runs a single database. This enables all the departments to share the information and communicate with each other.
The implementation of ERP software does not involve any “in-house” skills. This is why the cost of smaller projects can be reduced if specialist ERP implementation consultants are hired. The time required for an ERP implementation essentially depends on the size of the business, and other factors such as business processes, workflows, etc. While a small project (like less staff) may just take two to three months to plan and deliver, a multi-site or multi-country implementation may take more than 6 months to complete.
One of the best features of an Enterprise resource planning solution is that there are various phases of development customization training and implementation which can be taken care off by the ERP vendor you select for the implementation. There are various apps available within the ERP tool that helps you to manage your workflows and processes.
Implementation of ERP software requires a proper methodology in order to ensure that the development and customizations are proper in place with the timelines of the project. There are various ERP implementation methodologies that can be applied such as Waterfall ERP implementation and the Agile method.
The consulting team handles the responsibility for initial ERP implementation. It also conducts the delivery of work until the ERP goes live. Normally their work includes product training; creation of process triggers and workflow; optimization of the system; enhancement of reports, complex data extracts, or implementation of Business Intelligence; and specialist advice to improve the way ERP can boost the business processes.
The team also undertakes the most critical part of the project – planning and jointly testing the implementation. In the larger ERP projects, consulting is done on three levels:
Generally, the consultation can be hired by an ERP functional specialist who can understand and record all the details of your business processes and workflows. The cost of a consultation can be separated in order to ensure proper processes are crafted during the Business Requirement Analysis. This further helps you to ensure a lower risk of failure with ERP development.
The process of customization involves extending or changing the way system works using new user interfaces and application code. Customization normally reflects the work practices, which are not present in the core routines of the ERP system software.
For instance, the code may include an early adopter feature like the mobility interfaces, which were rarely used earlier. There are other examples such as interfacing to third-party applications (it is easy customization for larger implementations as there are typically dozens of ancillary systems with which core ERP software interacts). During the ERP up-gradation, a professional service team is also involved to determine whether customizations are compatible with the new release.
One of the major considerations in the ERP package is that it can be very expensive and complicated. So most businesses use the top practices embedded in the acquired ERP system.
The customization work is usually undertaken as tailored software development on a time and materials basis. There are many cases where the work delivered as customization does not include the ERP vendor’s Maintenance Agreement. Therefore, there is no obligation on the ERP vendor to warrant that the code works with the next upgrade of the core product. However, if there were no description on how to use the customization, the effort would be a sheer waste as it is quite difficult to train new staff in the work practice that the customization delivers.
After installation of the system, the ERP consulting company enters into a Support Agreement, which ensures that the staff could run ERP software in an optimal way. This is conducted by a committee headed by the consultant through a participative management approach, already decided during the design stage with the client’s heads of departments.
Implementing an ERP system is totally based on the functionalities you are looking out but making it successful implementation with a checklist is based on the project plan, A successful Odoo implementation greatly depends on choosing the right implementation company. You create with every step which we have discussed in this blog post
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