Surabaya, Indonesia (PressExposure) March 15, 2011 -- Due to the rise of computer technology in the early 1990's standard business logistics procedures such as material requirements planning (MPR) and manufacturing resource planning were able to evolve and merge under the collective banner of an ERP system, Enterprise Resource Planning. The success of this advanced computer software allowed many different aspects of business to be integrated into one comprehensive logistics system that later evolved to encompass a variety of aspects of business beyond manufacturing. This technology was developed rapidly and by the mid -1990's ERP software was able to address all core functions of an enterprise. Today the best ERP software is an indispensable asset to governments, corporations, non-profit organizations and more.
Newcomers to the business and manufacturing arena ERP may initially seem confusing since many different systems can fall under the ERP definition. As a general rule of thumb, most ERP systems incorporate "best practices", in other words they are already programmed to perform at peak efficiency based on the needs of the particular industry they've been designed for. Keep in mind that while the term "best practices" refers to generally accepted methods of doing things the implementation of them in ERP systems may vary slightly from developer to developer. This isn't a problem as most ERP systems allow the customer to modify these standards as they see fit.
Thanks to the development of ERP systems, businesses are able to perform at much higher levels of efficiency and increased productivity. What this means is higher profits for the business and better service for the customers. The ability to organize and monitor various aspects of business such as human resources, project management, manufacturing, marketing, sales, inventory management, distribution, accounting and finance with one comprehensive computer program has truly changed the face of business forever, allowing a much higher level of oversight and control over the myriad of factors that influence profitability and service. Without ERP systems it's a good guess that expanding a business would be much harder and more costly these days.
When it comes to choosing the right ERP system for your business there are a variety of factors to consider. Scalability, the ability to integrate with legacy systems and how receptive your employees will be to it are all things to consider. In fact, at demo testing you should have your personnel who will be using the software the most try it out as well and get feedback from them on it. Have a good idea of what features and aspects of your business you want an ERP to cover before viewing a demonstration otherwise the developers of the ERP system will only concentrate on the strengths of the software.