There is a lot of talk these days about small businesses understanding ERP; or rather their lack of understanding of the software system. Some of these firms are asking if they are too small for ERP or if enterprise software is right for them. There is no doubt that many of these businesses are flocking to ERP in large numbers, yet, still there are quite a few of them waiting on the sidelines until they can ascertain whether or not the enterprise system is best for their business. The merits of the system have been pretty clearly stated over and over again, but so has the hype.
Understanding ERP will come in handy
The best thing a small business can do is to educate itself about the software system; the pros and the cons. By doing so, they will be much better positioned to make the move to ERP, or not. Web-based ERP is offering these small firms plenty of incentive to take the enterprise initiative. They don’t have to purchase the software, they can subscribe to it. That’s because ERP is now online, on-demand, software as a service (SaaS).
The online option represents a less complicated approach to enterprise software and certainly is less costly, as well. But that doesn’t mean that a business should not thoroughly acquaint itself with the software system before they adopt it. ERP works differently than packaged software programs and it is wise to learn about how it can improve the management of operations before implementing it. This is an integrated software system where the application modules come together in a unified manner to communicate across the enterprise. The application modules work in concert, to process business tasks on a platform that is also automated for speedy transmission of these tasks. The application modules can handle such tasks as accounting, sales and marketing, distribution, supply chain management, retail, manufacturing, project management, you name it. The modules can also be assigned as stand alone, or they can be bundled for such tasks as accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliation and budgeting. Learning about all of this in advance will be very helpful in determining how your own platform might be arranged.
Understanding ERP can certainly come in handy before you get to the implementation stage. You will have a much better idea of how the system works and how it can best satisfy your own particular needs. You can also exert more control when working with an enterprise software vendor; because your knowledge will let them know that you have done your homework. And the vendor will appreciate that too, because it will make their job easier to do. Web-based ERP can get you up and running quicker than any on-site installation of the software system, but you still need to know what it all entails. That’s because there are various platforms and no one size fits all.
Enterprise software is quickly becoming the system of choice for many businesses. It can do so much more than packaged software and do it quicker, too.
Understanding ERP should be your first step towards implementing this software system.