How To Extend the Capabilities of ERP
When the ERP boom begin in the 1990s, it allowed a large number of companies to begin obtaining a clear view of their various operations and processes. While it offered them a number of advantages, there were still challenges that they needed to overcome. The biggest problem with ERP during this time is that it was only limited to order or product processing.
It would not give companies a true view of their entire organization. In the 21st century, enterprises have become truly global, and a large number of business processes are occurring which is beyond the control of Enterprise Resource Planning.
Each process that a company carries out must be successfully integrate. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with the interaction of business partners or the review of company documents. If they are integrated in a way that makes them easier to view, they can be controlled, and a company can quickly make strategic decisions. The concept of ERP is directly connected to BPM, or Business Process Management. The term BPM is used to describe procedures that many companies are using to deal with the challenges of trying to combine multiple operations. At the same time, it is important to realize that simply purchasing BPM solutions from vendors will not be enough to successfully meet these challenges.
A lot of companies fail because they place too much emphasis on different portions of their organization. Instead of looking at the big picture, they are focusing on the details. What happens in a situation like this should be clear. Some portions of an organization may suffer because the emphasis is not placed on the organization as a whole. By properly applying both ERP and BPM, you will be able to avoid these problems. It is important to realize that BPM is more than simply a technology. Instead, it is more of a concept, a concept that has philosophical connections. To properly understand this concept, it is important to look at it from the perspective of the executive.
Every successful business is comprised of a number of different processes. While some of these processes can be found in spreadsheets, others can be found in sticky notes or the minds of the workers. These processes are important, because they allow the company to grow and move forward. A number of businesses will attempt to use ERP to integrate the information that is connected to their business processes. A number of these companies don’t realize that improperly implementing ERP can actually cause their company to become less productive. One reason for this is because the ERP system is often not used with the entire organization.
A number of studies have shown that they typical company will only use ERP to deal with 20% of the organization. If you only use ERP for 20% of your organization, how can it be an "enterprise wide" application? It is this one problem that has caused a number of companies to fail when they attempted to set up Enterprise Resource Planning. The goal of ERP must not be to solve business processes merely through technology. Instead, it must be a type cultural transformation within the company that encourages all of the departments to share information. They must work together as a unified whole.
It is the process of splitting departments into various entities that leads to problems. Enterprise Resource Planning is popular because it presents the possibility that a company can grow due to properly collecting and sharing information among various departments.
The process of making relevant information available to those who can use it will allow a company to benefit greatly. The reason for this is because the value cycle of a business will be greatly improved. The first step towards success is to extend the capabilities of your ERP system. How can this be done?
You can do this by simply taking ERP beyond departments. The original goal of ERP was to gain automation among the various departments of an organization. Once this was done, the proficiency of the manufacturing process could be increased. It dealt with things such as inventory, materials, and distribution. At first it, was not useful for those who worked in sales or marketing. Over time it has been extended to these areas.