Some people wonder what ERP stands for. In general, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planner) is a vast system of planning the resources of an enterprise with additional functionalities which are extremely evolved and performing. An ERP solution is a program with several modules with commercial specific. Some of them deal with the movement of stocks; others deal with human resources, payroll, economic or accounting departments. They are programs that use medium-large firms that have high turnover of goods / money / personal. They keep your company “alive” helping you to keep your accounts, to manage your inventory; with certain modules you can generate reports, you can manage your human resources, you can implement procedures and workflows, etc. It is a simplistic description, but generally this is what an ERP does. Besides those programs you also need experts to help you use them, such as PeopleSoft consulting specialists and Lawson software consulting specialists.
The global market for ERP software is continuously increasing. When companies expand globally, it is impossible to manage the resources of the organization in Excel. Thus, the standardization of business processes is required and also their focus in a single direction. Having a single entity within the organization to deal with the strict analysis of information facilitates decision making on the business level. An ERP system helps the company to better manage itself.
Imposing of web technologies to meet these business needs of companies was a natural process. A web interface for all ERP systems enables customers to have faster access to the needed information and paves the way for an “automated dialogue” between the customer’s needs and the supplier’ possibilities. The concentration of “intelligence” on the server allows simplifying of the upgrade and maintenance process, and also a low cost for production and testing, a reduced time to market, etc.
Managers of companies have understood the importance of ERP applications to ensure a better level of operability and to ensure higher profitability of business processes within their companies. If in the past the sale of “boxes” was the main feature of the market economic solutions, today things have changed radically. Initially, these solutions referred especially to computerization of accounting functions; at present, by extending the ERP systems, the distribution of “boxes” was greatly restricted. In these circumstances, the implementation of an ERP system is extremely complex, requiring special attention and customization upon the needs of the firm. In order to meet these demands, more and more companies hire mixed teams of computer scientists and business analysts (PeopleSoft consulting specialists and Lawson software consulting specialists) who are able to integrate these solutions. Also, another key factor in the success of the successful implementation of integrated systems is preparation for the future users of these applications.
Implementing new software is always received with restraint, especially in the case of such complex applications. On one side there is the resistance to change, a kind of change that the staff perceives as generating extra effort, and on the other hand, it is the uncertainty of the employees regarding potential staff reductions or restructuring.
The employees must be convinced of the benefits that the new application can bring; they must be supported and encouraged in the learning process by the PeopleSoft consulting specialists or by the Lawson software consulting specialists.