Myths in implementing an ERP system

Implementing an ERP software (Enterprise Resource Planning)  has become a strategic investment in companies that use this kind of software solution for business with the purpose to develop and grow the business efficency in the actual competitive environement.

Implementing an ERP solution can be made in various domains and departure levels in an organisation: customer relationship management – CRM, acquisition and sales segmentation, billing instruments, project management, human resources management, remuneration, warehouse management, logistic, accountancy etc.

Even though we are living in a century of automation, there are still various misconceptions about the infrastructure and implementing an ERP programme. Between the most common myths about the EPR systems we find:

[accordion title=”ERP softwares are very hard to implement and the process takes too long” is_open=”yes”]Of course, at the beginning of implementing the first software solutions, those weren’t so advanced and the time to implement was a little bit longer and the costs were pretty high for the managers. But it is possible that this conception persists even today because of that period when the ERP systems weren’t so disposable for every company, financially speaking. Nowadays, the ERP systems are more reliable, and the deposition time is resonable, a software like this can be implemented in a few weeks.[/accordion] [accordion title=”The ERP systems are too expensive versus the added value that it’s offering” is_open=”no”]This might be one of the most popular myths. The Cloud or Saas ( software as service) tehnology has changed very much the cost of implementing an ERP solution. Today, the subscription for these kind of services can be paid monthly, which means that this kind of cost is qualifying as a service cost and not as an investment. The new versions of the ERP systems are becoming easier and easier to apply, and their implementation could take even a few weeks.

A big data, modules that can be personalizated according to the company specifics and large areas of options for project management are just a few of the reasons why the ERP solutions have become accessible and easy to implement.

It is for the best to evaluate the costs of implementing an ERP programme in accordance with the benefits that it offers to the company. Besides, these costs drop considerable on a long term and the efficency and the productivity of the company grows.[/accordion] [accordion title=”My firm is too small to implement and ERP software, the big companies are the only ones that benefit after implementing an ERP system or the small companies need a different ERP programme” is_open=”no”]Another misconception that is often met: the organisations consider that they are not big enough and extended to start working with an ERP system. In this kind of situation is good to analyze the time, the costs and the risks for the financial administration in Excel. We lose time to verify the existent data to generate the VAT reports, besides the additional costs for the accountant so he can introduce all the data in the firm system.

The modern ERP systems are designed to be versatile: they are built starting from the best practices in the industry and can satistfy a large cathegory of business requests.

One ERP solution can answer to all the needs of one society, and the fact that some firms are too small or that the processes from inside the company are too complicated to be included in a ERP system are just some misconceptions. Even a small company needs powerful and modern tools that every big competitor has.

Nowadays, the ERP systems are offering multiple advantages for the organisations and, with a little bit of patience to understand how the software works, these could bring important benefits for every business. Most of the firms that deliver ERP solutions add, in the sales package, training sessions so that the employees of the company where the implementation is taking place can learn fast and efficent how to use the software.[/accordion]