How the Right ERP Solution Can Manage Change for Growing Enterprises???
Companies running their businesses on out-of-date, inflexible ERP systems that are unable to respond to their changing environment without resorting to a proliferation of individual apps and spreadsheet solutions attempting to coexist with the prehistoric ERP system. Once data seeps out to separate systems, however, some of the smartest (and most highly compensated) individuals in the organization’s sales managers, plant managers, supply chain executives, heads of operations and finance chiefs, devote a significant amount of their time creating spreadsheets to analyze their operations and to share data with other departments. Sales forecasts, inventory planning, production schedules and cash flow analyses becoming all-consuming projects that sap your management team of the ability to actually manage.
Switching to a flexible, adaptable ERP system, such as one managed in house built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) or a cloud-based ERP system accessed via the Internet, puts a company in a position to respond to changes as they come. To best manage any type of change, you need the ability to add business process-focused components providing disciplined and consistent workflows to allow your business to flex and bend as needs change. Although typical ERP systems allow you to add standard modules you also need the flexibility to customize your processes for meeting your business needs, rather than requiring your processes to be retooled to the requirements of your ERP system. An ERP vendor who can provide open standards-based components allows the expansion of your ERP system as needed, with minimal deployment and integration costs.
With the right ERP system, you can overlay your business processes onto your business systems to provide the timeliness and consistency to manage variability, eliminating the need and high cost of integrating your existing systems. Instead, you simply define the processes and where the data resides to execute those processes. The result is a cost-effective yet unmatched ability to streamline your operations and best manage change.
Paper-based manual processes are eliminated.
Information flows rapidly throughout your operations the moment it appears in your system. As a result, every person in your enterprise can act as efficiently and effectively as possible, concentrating on better managing the business based on timely information, rather than wasting time collecting and analyzing aging data. Finally, manual ad hoc processes are replaced with disciplined processes to achieve peak business
Flexibility and efficiency.
Although the word “disciplined” traditionally evokes thoughts of rigidity, disciplined processes are exactly the opposite they become flexible. Highly disciplined procedures allow one automotive giant to produce multiple models on one assembly line. Visibility into demand in real time enables just-in-time ordering of the right materials, and disciplined processes ensure that the right parts for different vehicles arrive at the right assembly line at the right time. Production-line real estate and staffing requirements are minimized, improving use of these crucial business resources. And the company can easily adapt to changing automotive trends, yet minimize costs, increase margins, and reduce delivery times.
Change is inevitable. But with the right ERP system, you will once again be ahead of the curve.