There is no question that local and national governments are streamlining operations and going with public service ERP (enterprise resource planning). They are reassessing personnel, time, costs and budgets, as they attempt to get a better grip on operations.
Public Service ERP is on the increase
Government agencies have large administrative infrastructures and need real-time visibility throughout in order to keep track of what is taking place at any given moment. That’s why more of them are turning to enterprise software. Government processing functions such as accounting can be better coordinated on a platform that can bundle tasks, and that’s what this software system can do. Accounting, for example, can be bundled onto an applications module that can handle such tasks as accounts payable, accounts receivable, budget planning and forecasting, bank reconciliation, auditing, cash management, job cost, etc. The same goes with supply chain management, which can include inventory, purchasing and procurement, warehousing, and sometimes distribution, when it is not placed as a stand alone module. Large city governments are also involved with construction public works projects. Enterprise software can help them to better manage all of these tasks, because it is all-inclusive and distributed.
Project management plays a big role too, because cities are acting on so many levels. One software system that includes many parts can help them to achieve more as well as get more done in less time. Coordinating projects on a number of levels is more easily handled with ERP, because it is a system that is designed for sharing, collaborating and communicating information and data both internally as well as eternally. This software system makes it easier to report, analyze and provide business/government management intelligence when it is needed. Government, just like the business community needs to make contacts and gather information on-demand and they need real-time visibility when seeking to access this information. In the old days, it was through phone calls and memos; today it’s through an electronic dashboard that can provide the information and data when you need it.
A city manager can get the details on stock keeping units (SKUs) in city warehouses when he needs it, because public service ERP can provide that information. The director of public works can work quicker in detailing plans for city events or repair projects. A project manager has a clear view of what is necessary and what it will take to complete a task in cooperation with others. The mayor can be advised on any level of city government because enterprise software provides the tools to keep him/her updated, and again, on a real-time basis.
City government also needs the means to monitor and track initiatives, projects and events in real-time. This is of major importance because there is so much to monitor and report on. But enterprise software is designed to do just that. This includes contract agreements, cooperative programs, departmental objectives, etc.
There is just so much involved with running a big city. It takes a lot of human talent backed by a software system that can support the administrative infrastructure on numerous levels. This is why public service ERP is on the increase.