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What is "ERP"?

ERP means "Enterprise Resource Planning". A ERP System is a software system which is used for managing an Enterprise in multiple departments.

What is ERP?
Fig. 1 - What is ERP?

People sometimes also refer to ERP Systems as ERP Software, a ERP Solution or ERP Platforms. These all refer to business software applications used to manage a business and its resources.

What are the features of a ERP System?

A ERP system typically contains a database storage for data that is accessed by several applications or ERP 'modules'. These most often include:

  • A dashboard with an overview of KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

Who maintains a ERP system?

ERP systems are maintained most often by the vendors either by a local support technician or by a remote agent with regard to cloud based systems. Usually, a maintenance contract is made for server based systems to ensure there is a response in the event of a critical problem such as a security compromise.

Support is the most important area of ERP use as without it, organisations are unable to make changes to their systems. It is critical that support can be carried out by third parties if required to ensure a competitive landscape in ERP maintenance as not to put the business in a vendor-locked situation.

Common ERP maintenance tasks include:

  • Maintaining the overall data structure
  • Data integrity
  • Avoiding duplicate leads and contacts
  • Small system changes
  • Continuing the same system style and layout throughout
  • Creating users
  • Cresting groups
  • Backing up data
  • Backing up system configurations

Some of these tasks will be the responsibility of the vendor and some of the organisation / company administrator depending the SLA (Service Level Agreement).

ERP Pitfalls

Having managed the risks in ERP acquisition as documented above by choosing a Free Software, Private Cloud based Web Standards systems from a reputable vendor with a SLA, there are a few more considerations to make. Here are just a few of the ERP pitfalls that companies fall into during implementation:

  • Acquiring the wrong ERP system
  • Employing the wrong ERP vendor
  • Not commissioning a ERP consultant prior to acquisition
  • No quantifiable milestones
  • A lack of leadership on the ERP project
  • A lack of resources devoted to the ERP project
  • The shareholders see ERP as a total solution
  • Insufficient requirements planning
  • Vague specifications
  • Inadequate design
  • Minimal time -lines with no buffer
  • Poor vendor relationships
  • No user buy-in
  • Triple constraint creep:
    • Scope creep
    • Deadline creep
    • Budget creep

An experienced ERP project manager can overcome all of these pitfalls if given the remit to do so.

How to Select the Right ERP System and ERP Provider?

Selecting the right ERP system can be difficult, especially if it is the first time and the administrator has no experience with implementing ERP. The basic questions that you need to consider are:

  • How much it is cost?
  • What features does your employee's need?
  • Do you own it when you buy?
  • How many users can use the system?
  • What are the limitations of the options?
  • How fast is the Internet requirement?
  • What is the server specification requirement?
  • Can you export your data?
  • Can you import your data?
  • Do you have freedom to copy it to a second site?
  • Is it easy to use?
  • What type of security is in place?
  • How can the system be customized?
  • Can you modify the code?
  • What experiences have others had with the same system?

If you chose a reputable ERP consultant and vendor, they will assist you with your requirements gathering.

Why choose erp2 for your ERP?

We have the experience to provide you with the best ERP system to meet your requirements. Our ERP consulting and solutions provide you with:

  • Free Software ERP
  • Cloud-based
  • Unlimited Users
  • 100% Customised
  • Any SLA terms you require
  • Most competitive pricing
  • Open source license
  • Platform independent
  • Mobile optimised
  • Free from vendor lock-in
  • Monthly or capital payment options
  • Any data import
  • All data export
  • Multi-site installations
  • Fine granularity group security profiles
  • Full maintenance contact available
  • Any ERP modules can be added
  • No license fees, ever

As experts in ERP implementation, we 100% are confident that you will find our ERP consulting, design, installation and maintenance service of the highest standard. We can provide you assistance globally with our advanced remote technologies without sacrificing the freedom of your ERP system (you can own the server, OS, platform and system code).