Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” This adage is particularly true today as we enter the era of digitization, where new technologies are continuously evolving, and skillsets have needed to keep up with the pace of change. As a result, CHROs have needed to become more agile in their approach to recruiting, upskilling and succession planning. This is of importance, especially when businesses choose to invest in a dynamic technology such as Enterprise Resource Planning.
Maximizing your ERP potential through the necessary proficiencies
ERP has changed since the early 1990s. Previously it was used predominantly for inventory management and control, along with material and manufacturing requirement planning (MRP). It offered an expanded modular solution, which operated across the supply chain, finance and HR. Today it is underpinned by innovative technologies such as AI and IoT and is designed with a familiar socially-driven interface to make it more user-friendly.
With these changes, it is vital to look at a strategy focused on identifying the necessary skills to enable employees to maximize your ERP investment. This also assists with the recruitment process, to bring the right skills into your business as well as succession planning, to empower employees to evolve with their next phase.
Suggested learning to make the ERP grade
While there is a variety of skills that you can arm your employees with, a few specialist skill options include:
The Comprehensive Champion
This refers to a all-around champion that understands the ins and outs of ERP software including all the modules that are available.
The System Administrator is responsible for effective provision, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure.
The Distribution inventory/warehouse manager
The Inventory Manager monitors and reports on the company’s inventory. They are responsible for providing materials, equipment, and supplies by directing receiving, warehousing, and distribution services.
The Manufacturing Production Planner
The Planner plans and prepares production schedules for manufacture of industrial or commercial products.
The Accountant/Bookkeeper prepares assets, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information.
The list goes on; however, by focusing on a few foundational skills, businesses can ensure that they safeguard their ERP venture. Benefits will be also far-reaching such as total operational visibility, improved efficiency, and most importantly, happy customers. Today many ERP providers such as SYSPRO provide the necessary training courses with clear learning outcomes to allow businesses to reap the rewards of those benefits.