As an ERP software provider, we understand that ERP software is a big investment and manufacturers expect to get a lot out of it – as they should. However, we also understand that ERP doesn’t have magical powers to fix everything without a little help. There are some misconceptions of what an ERP does and doesn’t do. Let’s clear some of those up!

Here’s a look at what an ERP doesn’t do:

Eliminate the need for set operational processes

With an ERP solution, it’s even more important to have a specific structured manufacturing operational process in place. In fact, that specific process is what will make an ERP the most beneficial to a manufacturing company. By having set process standards, a manufacturing team and the software itself will be able to work hand-in-hand to achieve the required tasks of the unique processes. An ERP is a great asset to help reinforce those standards with the manufacturing team and make sure that those guidelines are followed for efficient and productive processes. An ERP is designed to work with unique operational processes to strengthen operations and empower manufacturing team’s to work efficiently.

Eliminate the need for people to operate and maintain data

ERP software is only as good as the data that is inputted. A common misconception with technology is that it will replace manpower in a manufacturing facility. However, employees are key contributors to making the most out of ERP software. With accurate data, ERP software is equipped to deliver the utmost functionality to enhance and alleviate current manufacturing headaches. The success of ERP software relies heavily on the manufacturing team’s ability to input data correctly.

Eliminate change management

Remember, change can be and will be hard for manufacturing teams, and ERP software is no exception. ERP requires support and encouragement from the entire manufacturing facility during implementation in order to make it’s a success. One thing to note here is that communicating the advantages for every department in using the ERP solution can make a huge difference in how it’s perceive by an entire manufacturing team. If employees know that in the long run it will make their job easier and more efficient, they will have no reason but to fully commit to the change.

Eliminate attention need for training

The user interface of an ERP solution is important and easy navigation is key to that. However, regardless of the ease of navigation – training is a MUST when it comes to using ERP software. Some might think the time it takes to train employees to use the solution is a waste, but in the end time will be saved because the manufacturing team software users will be executing the ERP software correctly. It will also ensure that the solution is being used to it’s maximum capability, saving time and money down the road.

Although these four things include what an ERP solution doesn’t do, there are plenty of things it does! Take a look at what functionality an ERP solution can offer your manufacturing operations.

If you’re already familiar with ERP, and find yourself lost in the countless options out there. See why all ERP solutions are not created equal.

July 27, 2016

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