All business companies have many separate departments that are responsible for a particular range of tasks. However, it is still the one company that needs to stay united and share data about all updates inside the organization.
Each department needs to have access to the data from the other department. The absence of a single system for the whole company complicates and prolongs many work processes and makes them slow and not efficient. To avoid these awkward situations, your company needs smart business software solutions that can sync the work of departments. ERP is this kind of solution.
In this article, we will discuss the details of ERP functions, types, and implementation in your company environment.
What is Enterprise Resource Planning?
ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning unites all company departments in the system and gives access to data for all employees. This system helps to accomplish all daily tasks on time without any difficulties with the search for the required information.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is the integrated management of main business processes, often in real time and mediated by software and technology.
Of course, here comes the need for different levels of access. It is important to connect those departments that work directly with each other on a daily basis.
So, ERP is a software solution that manages the company’s data, providing its optimization and accessibility for the departments of the enterprise. Implementing ERP has many benefits for your enterprise as it makes the workflow more efficient. So ERP optimizes the following work processes:
- API access
- employee info and updates
- payment gateways
- project management
- expense management
- asset management
We will talk about more ERP advantages later in this article.
Types of ERP systems
ERP by industry
ERP systems can be used in all business areas. However, there are some industries that have a special need for the only system and stable connections between departments or even organizations. Among them are:
- Manufacturing and Distribution
- Food and Beverage Delivery
- Professional Services
- Agriculture and Farming
- Technology and Electronics
- Nonprofit Organizations
ERP is a flexible system that can be easily customized for a particular industry. Adding the needed functions gives the ability to automate more work processes and make them faster and easier.
ERP types by the implementation
Besides different business areas, ERP systems have different types of integration into your company according to the size of the organization and its requirements. Mainly, there three of them:
Main Features of Enterprise Resource Planning
The ERP system brings a lot of benefits to your organization. It automates workflow, structure, and updates all data that needs to be saved. We defined the main features of ERP integration that explain how your company can profit using this system. They are the following:
Company work processes are flowing end to end between all departments. It is important to adjust and automate the workflow step-by-step with no possibility for errors.
As the operations go through several departments to be done and it takes several seconds, a key feature is to check the data quickly and accurately to reveal possible problems and fix them.
Usually, the database includes data that should be defined and recognized by all departments with the same definition. Splitting the physical data can be implemented for performance improvement.
A consistent user interface is considered to be a more professional software solution. This way of creating UI design reduces costs as there is a need to create only a small number of reusable templates for the pages.e.
Benefits of ERP for enterprises
How to implement ERP successfully?
The implementation of ERP to your company is not a complex process. Before the start of integration, you need to go through crucial steps on the way to successful ERP work in your business organization. We prepared a list of the main tips towards accurate implementation:
- The first and main is to define your business goals and needs, and then to build the strategy on how to reach all of them.
- Don’t ruin the old work processes from the beginning – the integration should flow easily and softly for the workers.
- Build the right business plan and describe all work processes that can be automated
- It is important to choose a suitable ERP type for your organization and maintain well.
- ERP system should be integrated into all departments with no exception to making the workflow more productive
- Choose the key employees that will be responsible for integration in every department
- Make sure that all your employees are well informed about the new system and its functions
- Choose experienced specialists to manage data and maintain your ERP system.
Our expertise in ERP development
ERP for aircraft selling company
GBKSOFT developed the website for an aircraft selling company. Before contacting us, they had an old version of the website that wasn’t productive enough and had a poor design. Besides the providing of renewed design with colors, and patterns suitable for their industry, we developed a complex ERP system. So what features made the website gain after our work?
- Search for aircraft by filters – price, model, manufacturer, size;
- Comparing the chosen model to other existing on the platform;
- Ability to know the approximate price of the airplane and perform a range mapping.
Moreover, customers can find a detailed description of every model of airplanes like weights, operating costs, cabin interior, performance. So all required information by customers can be found on their websites, so the owners don’t need to spend many costs to contact every customer personally.
ERP for service transport
Our team faced the challenges of automating the process of creating the lists of needed parts of vehicles in order as they used to do it manually – a new list for every new order with detailed descriptions. The main aim of ERP for this company was to make this process easier and more accurate. After implementing the ERP system, customers can make the order and employees receive this order with the list of parts needed and send the full order to the car supplier. It reduces the risk of mixing app details and orders and helps to avoid misunderstandings with customers.
How much does an ERP development cost?
Like all software solutions for businesses, ERP systems have a particular range of functions and features that suit the chosen business industry and the company’s needs. You can discuss the requirements you would like to implement into your company with our Business Analyst and find out the necessary functions and their estimation. Our experienced developer Evgen Bryl made an approximate estimation of ERP system development.
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ERP offers numerous benefits to businesses and it is hard to underestimate them. Implementation of technologies in the business process makes the work of the whole company faster, easier, and more productive. Human resources can cope with all amounts of new information accurately. That’s why you need to automate some work processes to avoid serious mistakes during work with customers.
If you don’t know where to start, you just need to contact a Business Analyst for a professional consultation and defining the requirements of your company and the function of a custom ERP system. Choosing the right direction is a key step in the successful implementation of ERP.