Enterprise resource planning, also known as ERP, is a system that helps automate and manage business processes across finance, manufacturing, retail, supply chain, human resources, and operations. Helping leaders gain insight, optimize operations, and improve decision-making, ERP systems break down data silos, integrating information between different departments.
ERP examples across areas of business
Providing a comprehensive view of your business, ERP systems connect the various operations and departments throughout your organization. Zoom in for a close-up look at specific departments or zoom out to see how the overall business is operating. This single view helps you get ahead of issues, remove roadblocks, and make the changes needed to continue growing your business.
Bringing business intelligence into view, ERP systems benefit many areas of an organization. Here are some examples of how well-defined ERP systems streamline and optimize common areas of business.
Increase profitability, identify errors, eliminate duplication, and ensure compliance with the business intelligence surfaced by well-defined ERP systems.
Accelerating product delivery and production, ERP systems bring a unified solution to manufacturing. Tracking, scheduling, and optimizing product manufacturing and delivery, the benefits of ERP systems support the product to the customer and everything in between.
Creating smooth and seamless operations, ERP systems provide a unified retail experience. Product information, inventory, customer promotions, and sales data are all centrally managed, streamlining both in-store sales and online purchases.
Drive optimization, improve visibility, and streamline the supply chain—from sales to fulfillment. ERP systems help optimize logistics across production sites, warehouses, facilities, and transportation.
Providing centralized data on a single platform, human capital management systems are often integrated within ERP systems. Enable employee success through benefits administration, absence and leave management, options to attract and onboard top talent, and tools to ensure compliance.
Features and benefits of ERP systems
The real-time visibility of ERP systems improves decision-making, helps identify issues before they occur, and increases overall productivity.
By bringing together data from a variety of different sources, ERP systems help you improve operational procedures. With a 360-degree view of your business processes, you’ll be able to respond quickly to changes in requirements or regulations, keeping all systems in compliance across the globe.
With an end-to-end view of your business, here are some common benefits of clearly-defined ERP systems:
Gain greater control over disconnected areas of your business through the automation, task prioritization, and data integration of ERP systems.
Increase business productivity, enable the flow of data between departments, and encourage collaboration by breaking down data silos.
Eliminate duplication, reduce errors, and boost data accuracy by maintaining a centralized repository for data from all departments.
Make predictive insights and data-driven decisions with real-time information about your organization.
Reduce mistakes and uncover issues before they happen—insight across the business increases efficiency and reduces costs overall.
Selecting an ERP system for your business
Businesses of all sizes can benefit from an ERP system. If your business expansion is hindered by your software, it’s a good time to identify a system that can help you grow. While many systems exist, it’s important to know what to look for when evaluating a potential ERP system for your organization. These features are helpful to consider as you select a well-structured, well-suited, and well-defined ERP system.
Fit for growth
Needs change constantly in the fast pace of today’s business world. Look for a system that will grow with your organization.
Adapts to your needs
Use one app or multiple, with the flexibility to customize, extend, and integrate your solution with other industry systems.
In the office or out on the job site, find a solution that keeps your team connected wherever they are.
More than ERP
Look for applications that offer the broadest view of your business. Combine customer relationship management (CRM), ERP, human resources, and other tools to connect all areas of your organization.
Pair and share
Invest in a system that offers a unified experience, letting you connect and share data across different apps.
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