Enterprise resource planning, commonly called 'ERP', refers to the computer system that an organization uses to manage their business processes.
On the one hand ERP is just a computer system, albeit nowadays a very comprehensive and sophisticated one. On the other hand, ERP has demonstrated that it can drive huge improvements in the effectiveness of any organization.
The importance of a well-planned implementation where the business requirements and processes are clearly defined at the start of the project cannot be over-emphasized. A well-implemented system provides a solid foundation for growth, with easy adaptability to business process trends, economic swings, technological, Lean and Green developments.
The strategic framework used when thinking about buying, implementing and operating ERP, should be determined by your organization's business objectives. By following an appropriate ERP strategy, you can significantly increase your chances of achieving success and gaining the expected business benefits.
Have you considered?
- What strategic business objective will be served with ERP?
- What, how much and when will ERP contribute to this particular objective?
- How do the answers to these two questions influence what ERP system to buy, how to go about ERP implementation and how to operate the ERP system once it is live?