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Many features and benefits of ERP software are a consequence of its central database. As a result, you make use of the same information in various business processes, you avoid a lot of duplicate (input) work and the clarity of information is guaranteed. The communication between departments and business units improves. This increases the manageability of your business process. Because the interdependence of business processes becomes more perceptible, the 'weak spots' can also be traced earlier. An ERP system has a major influence on the planning of processes. The links that arise between sales, orders received, calculation, stock, purchasing, capacity and production ensure a minimum stock and maximum certainty regarding the timely availability of staff, equipment and material. The software also makes business processes easier. Procedures are formalized, so that the clarity in the handling of activities is guaranteed.

ERP system and customer focus

An ERP system increases the customer focus of your organization and therefore your (commercial) strength and competitive position. You can make agreements about delivery times more concrete and fulfill them more easily. Formalized procedures ensure that you have access to calculations and quotes faster. After receiving the order you can execute orders faster, your organization makes fewer errors and the further processing is more manageable. You can better estimate the effect of disruptions in advance. And that also applies to the effect of emergency work that interrupts the 'regular' process. It's always immediately clear what the consequences are of an urgent order on other current orders. In addition, an ERP system provides you with a better insight into the ordering behavior of customers.

Disadvantages ERP system?

You may find it a disadvantage that, due to the company-wide application of the ERP system, your organization becomes more dependent on that one system and its supplier. A disadvantage that can also be an advantage. After all, it also means that with an integrated solution you only have one responsible and one point of contact for your total business automation. You therefore avoid mutually disputed disputes between software suppliers about incompatibility. Another 'disadvantage' can be that the installation and commissioning (implementation) of the ERP system has a major impact on your organization. With good preparation and professional guidance, you don't have to worry too much about this either. Other disadvantages are very dependent on the type of company and the circumstances in which an ERP system must be implemented. Which ones apply to you, will only become clear if you have the feasibility of an ERP implementation investigated. Feel free to assume that your organization will also benefit from an ERP system, until further research shows the opposite.

Parts of the ERP system

ERP software is almost always made up of standard software modules. This compiles a configuration that fully meets the specific automation needs of your organization. Additional functionalities, such as customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM), are already part of the ERP system or can be linked to the system as an external application.

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