All the core processes needed to run a company: material procurement, finance, HR, manufacturing, supply chain, administration, and others, ERP integrates all these processes into a single system. An ERP system includes core software components, often called modules, that focus on these essential business areas. A common central database from which the various ERP software modules access information, some of which is shared with the other modules involved in a given business process, makes the ERP system the best solutions for businesses out there. This means that companies using ERP are largely saving time from having to make double entries to update information because the system is centralized that shares the data, making the collaboration between the organization’s departments hassle-free.
Higher productivity by streamlining and automating the core business processes. Better insights by gaining a single source of truth. IT cost savings through only one software working on every system. Lower risk as it maximizes business visibility and control.
ERP systems rely on a centralized database, which collects business information and stores them in tables. As the data is stored centrally which allows end-users, such as from finance, sales and any other departments, to quickly access the desired information for their use at any time. Employees in different departments manage their own spreadsheets and reports, lacking the ability to share the information instantly, thus delaying the other department process. ERP systems allow for reporting to be uploaded and generated from a single, centralized system.
ERP systems are available for any scale of organization. The small business ERP works for 300 or fewer employees with restricted modules while medium-size firms can have more access to the modules depending on their size and number of employees. Giant companies can get enterprise ERP which has all the modules along with the option of adding to the existing modules and customizing it to suit the needs.