ERP (and the values it brings to a business) has been a buzzword doing rounds around the businesses across the globe.
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system is a large computer system that integrates application programs in accounting (i.e., accounts receivable), sales (i.e., order booking), manufacturing (i.e., product shipping) and the other functions in the organization. This integration is accomplished with through a database shared by all the application programs.
The benefits that an ERP solution brings are myriad for today’s growing business. Therefore, a growing business cannot ignore the values an ERP system guarantees to it. Some of benefits are:
- Real time information throughout all entire company.
- Better visibility into the performance of operational areas.
- Data standardization and accuracy across the enterprise. Single version of "The Truth !"
- Best-practices or proven methodologies are included in the applications.
- Creates organizational efficiencies.
- Allows for analysis and reporting for long-term planning.
- Reduce Inventory through better visibility and efficiency.
- Savings through the reduction in duplicated efforts.
- More efficient operations allowing for increase in ability to process transactions (added capacity).
- Reduction in non-value added activities (lean processing).
- Higher utilization of employees (less transactional, more analytical).
- Improvement in decision making through more accurate and real-time data.
ERP just does not provide only business benefits to the businesses but it also provides other benefits as well. ERP gives an information system three important capabilities :
- Consistency and reliability of data across the organization
- Streamlined transaction processing
- Provides operations-level reporting
- However, the benefits and values of ERP can be reaped only if ERP was implemented in the right way.
There are myriad stories around the businesses across the world over describing about the success and failure stories of ERP implementation.
ERP has transformed the way multi-billion dollar corporations conduct their businesses. Successful implementation of ERP systems could save tens of millions of dollars and increase employee satisfactions, customer satisfactions and sustain competitive advantages in every- changing marketplace.
Corporate executives are often perplexed by the stories that how reputable corporations have failed miserably and lost ten of millions of dollars in their ERP endures.
The failures of ERP projects are preventable if we can identify the common causes of the failures regardless the companies and industries that implement them.
An ERP system is the combination of the following :
- ERP software
- Business processes that the ERP transforms
- Users of the ERP system
- Computer systems that run the ERP applications.
The failure of an ERP project is often the result of the failures in one or more of above described four components (or groups).
ERP implementation can reap enormous benefits for successful companies or it can be disastrous for companies that fail to manage the implementation process.
Creative Solutions plays a consultative role for selecting an appropriate ERP solution to the valuable clients. The consultative role played by the Creative Solutions for our client will include :
- Study the current business processes and determine the gaps emerging by the processes.
- Study and participate in defining the new business requirements.
- Preparing the Request For Proposal (RFP).
- Chalk out the IT Strategy.
- Setting up the Evaluation Criteria.
- Gather the Responses from the ERP Providers and evaluate them against the selected evaluation criteria and shortlist some providers which have the products close to the working processes.
- Undertake Project Management during the implementation.
The above steps are broadly discussed as each one is composed of it own course of activities.In this manner, all working processes of the company at three levels (main processes, sub-processes, activities) are analyzed.