What is an ERP Anyway?
To fully understand what having ERP software means for your business, it’s important to first understand what ERP software is. ERP is an acronym that stands for enterprise resource planning. The central idea behind ERP is that your business IT systems should work together to improve cohesion. Through the integration and unification of your systems, you can better serve your business and customers. The central function of the system is to manage and simplify the day to day processes of running your business.
At the core of this functionality is not only the tools that come as a part of the system, but also the way the system itself unites your employees within a single business platform that has a unified view of your business’ operations.
By integrating your employees into a single system, you can limit the overuse and abuse of spreadsheets within your organization, and engage in more effective interdepartmental communication. Your business enjoys a singular vision, with all departments able to rely on the same source of information for their unique requirements.
The Functionality and Usability of ERP Software
In recent years (well, the last 30 or so to be fair) the world of business IT has been undergoing a fundamental shift across all spectrums of scale and industry. More and more businesses are turning to the functionality available in software and IT systems previously considered unnecessary, because they have begun to recognize the competitive advantage gained when systems empower your business. That’s not to mention the accessibility impact of cloud hosted IT solutions as a factor promoting ERP adoption.
Supporting companies of all shapes and sizes, ERP software brings better statistical analysis, automated inventory management and refined point of sale capabilities. By supporting your business and employees at all stages of your business process, an ERP system is an effective tool for helping your company manage expenditure, sales, inventory, production and more.
Having a System All Your Own
While the level of customization and configuration available depends on the specific ERP, at the core of all ERP systems is a series of connected modules. Each of these modules enable employees to engage with data and complete critical tasks. The problem with some systems, however, is that all modules are installed automatically, regardless of your company’s need for it.
Some ERP systems, like the pbe3, have adopted a sandbox approach to ERP implementation and customization. The idea behind a Sandbox ERP is that the developer provides you with access to a blank canvas, whereupon your business configures its required IT systems from an available selection of modules and editing tools. More than just the tools, a sandbox ERP developer also provides access to a team of professionals who can guide you from blank canvas to ERP before you know it. These sandbox ERP systems facilitate total personalization of your business systems, from something as trivial as button layout, all the way to changes to workflow.