Although more and more businesses are now adopting ERP (enterprise resource planning) in order to improve their efficiency, there are still a lot of misunderstandings about how it works. In particular, many people believe they will have to change or massively upgrade their systems in order to use it, and this can lead to them putting off any serious investigation of ERP products. In fact, there is generally no need to change at all. There are ERP systems available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, also compatible with every type of smartphone. They’re designed to work with existing software so that everything will run much as it did before – just faster, with fewer errors and less hassle for managers.
No need to change
ERP is not a single system using monopoly to lever business owners into making an expensive purchase. It’s a selection of competing systems, and as such, it’s in the interests of the designers to make it as easy to use as possible. Designers know that businesses need to keep costs low, and they also appreciate that there can be a lot of effort involved in adapting to new tools, so they aim to make their products as widely compatible as possible. This requires anticipating the type of tools businesses are already going to be using, which is why some ERP systems specialize, facilitating their use with the specialist software used in some business sectors.
Save on upgrades
Keeping up to date with changes in business software can be expensive, but by using cloud ERP, it’s possible to avoid a lot of this altogether. This is because a lot of the software in use can be accessed through the cloud rather than having to be purchased by each individual business that wants to use it. Naturally, there is a fee for accessing facilities like this, but costs are generally a lot lower than the cost of installing upgrades in the office, especially for those who only want to use a particular piece of software occasionally.
The other big advantage of cloud-based systems is that their owners, who don’t want to risk being sued if data is stolen, usually invest heavily in security upgrades, meaning that data stored there is extra safe.
Integrating existing equipment
Most cloud ERP packages come with technical support services that can provide all the help needed to integrate existing software and hardware with the new system – at least if the right system has been chosen. Some systems, such as People Planner and Deltek First Cloud ERP, can be adapted to a wide range of office environments, but others are tailored to specific industries. When choosing a system, it’s wise to balance compatibility with existing equipment with probable future needs, but this is made easier by the fact that all ERP systems are designed to be adaptable, and add-ons are available to increase the range of options available for them. Far from being inflexible, they’re making the implementation of technology in business easier than ever.