Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software helps businesses create a more efficient and better automated business.
The purpose of the software is to assist businesses with managing daily activities such as manufacturing, project management and accounting just to name a few. There are many businesses that take on these types of responsibilities on a daily basis and either use ERP or could benefit from the software.
Whether you work in the healthcare industry, construction, or with an organisation, all businesses could use the help of a system that helps run a more efficient business. In today’s blog post, we will be discussing ERP software and how it helps to serve multiple industries.
Industry 1: Manufacturers
One of the biggest reasons why manufacturing companies rely on this software is because it helps them to communicate information between different departments. Production, purchasing and accounting are some of the departments that need to be in communication with one another and are easily able to do that because of ERP software.
The software gives manufacturing companies effective communication tools between internal and external departments and suppliers. The software also enables distributors to keep their supply chain, inventory and cost under their own control, which makes them stronger competitors and their customers happier.
Industry 2: Retail
If enterprise resource planning is meant to assist businesses with their daily activities, the retail industry would be much different without the help of this software. Sales, payment, inventory management, shipping, tracking and marketing can all be controlled through the software.
Trying to handle the intricacies of managing a retail business comes with many details that cannot be forgotten and mistakes, both big and small, have the potential to become costly. It is important for retailers to consider their current needs and future plans for growth in regards to finding software that fits them perfectly.
Industry 3: Farming
Farming may not be the industry you think of when also thinking about ERP software, however it is a business that can benefit from the software. Growing crops on acres of land relies mostly on the weather, with the right temperature and enough rain, you can be successful.
Without it, you have nothing to provide customers. Where the software comes into play is that it provides an organisational solution for planning and tracking. Farmers are able to track information on specific parts of their land, which at a later date, helps to forecast earning potential.
Industry 4: Healthcare
In the healthcare industry, ERP can assist in many ways. It enables patients to be stored and transferred between different healthcare providers, so if the patient goes for a routine doctor’s visit, another hospital department or go to the emergency room, their records will be updated accordingly.
This completely eliminates having to manually write down patient information and storing them in filing cabinets. The software also helps the healthcare industry with managing its finances by keeping track of patient payments and the costs of supplies and services.
As you can see just from this short list, there are many different and diverse industries which are able to thrive with the help of enterprise resource planning software. Managing your business daily activities shouldn’t feel like a chore. Your business also deserves to function seamlessly without mistakes or flaws, which is why ERP is beneficial to any business and industry.
Taking the above into consideration, there are many factors to consider when purchasing an enterprise resource planning software.
Questions that businesses ask themselves when purchasing a system range from, how much are we willing to pay? Will we require training? And even, the type of software that works best for the business. Another important factor to consider during the process of purchasing ERP software? Who will the consultant be? Finding a match can be an easy thing to do if you’ve done your research.
So, lets explore the features you should look for while searching for the perfect software consultant.
Knowledge of the current market
This one should be a given but searching for a consultant who knows the ins and outs of ERP software is a must. A consultant should be the expert, guiding whoever they work with through muddy waters and into a clear understanding on how the system works and the best system for your business needs.
Working with a consultant you want to know what services they perform, what they can do to help you plan maintenance and what the current scope of the enterprise resource planning software world is like. They should be aware of the current trends, but also know what is on the rise.
Working with an experienced company tends to be at the top of everyone’s list when searching for a company that implements software because it shows that they are trustworthy, experienced and highly sought after. Typically, businesses have websites or a portfolio that showcase their experience in the form of who they’ve worked for and how long they have been in the business of implementing software.
Consultants with experience should be able to provide references, have completed numerous implementations and prove themselves to be knowledgeable about the product and process. When searching for an experienced consultant, other things to consider are whether they have knowledge working with the business of your size and industry, which is our next feature to search for.
Specific industry focus
Enterprise resource planning systems tend to have specialised angles in an industry, so considering a consultant who is either in your industry of has industry specific knowledge is an important factor to keep in mind. For example, a manufacturing company has different needs, language and concerns than that of a retail store. You want to make sure that no matter the consultant you take on for ERP implementation, they are familiar with your specific needs and interests.
Provides ongoing support
Once a system is put in place, that doesn’t mean the work is done. There is staff training to consider, as well as knowing that moving forward, software upgrades will have to be made. Does your consultant provide long term support? This is something to heavily consider, especially if you and your company are brand new to learning about enterprise resource planning.
Are you searching for a software consultant? This list is just a few of the things your business should consider when looking for the perfect match. You want someone who is knowledgeable about the software and your industry, as well a consultant with experience and knows of the current market.
Here at Monpellier, we could be that perfect match. To arrange an initial meeting to see how we can help you help yourselves, contact us here, or give us a call on 0191 500 8150 to get something in your diary!
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