7  Trends your ERP should follow

ERPs has become an essential part of any business, and ERP suppliers are always creating less complex and less expensive software to make the process even smoother, but do you know what to look for to make sure your ERP is up to date?

Here we will discuss seven things to consider when reviewing your ERP, to make sure it’s keeping up with the latest trends and features, and to get the max benefits out of it.

 

  1. UI/UX:
    Have you ever wondered why your employees resist an ERP implementation? One of the main reasons is bad user experience / user interface. In general, complex user experience can dramatically slow down your business process, and because of this resistance, training your employees to use a complex ERP takes longer. Also, another factor affecting UI/UX is the slow response, however, the response time depends on the speed of your hardware and not the ERP itself.

Some of the user-friendly aspects to look for in your ERP software are customizability, assistive and conversational interface; how information is displayed (a simple, clear and intuitive screen); and an innate command sequence.

 

  1. Going up the cloud:

The benefits of a cloud based ERP are; better access to data, less costs, improved business agility, collaboration and business relationships. Generally, web based ERPs offer more advantages than on-site versions of legacy ERP.
Recently, the steady advancement and reliability of cloud ERPs dominating the field have encouraged more vendors to start shifting their modes, and benefit from the advantages of the cloud to deliver more flexible Software as a Service (SaaS) solution.

 

  1. Flexibility:
    Nowadays, changes in business environments as well as business requirements became faster than ever before. In order to maintain your business competitive edge, your ERP system should be flexible enough to quickly adapt and accommodate these changes. Some of the aspects to consider are scalability, interoperability and the effects of upgrading and updating.

 

  1. Security:

With the increased use of cloud-based ERPs, security breaches are a major concern. The more the volume and value of data stored, the more the breaches potential. Your ERP system should have a multi-level security set up with one of the layers based on predictive analysis of user behavior. It should also have sound encryption and role-based and user-level security capabilities.

 

  1. Mobility:
    Mobility is quickly becoming a mainstream technology. Employees, especially those in sales, want to access and take advantage of their organization’s ERP solutions from anywhere. Your ERP should have add-ons and extensions that would bring mobility to the forefront as opposed to mobility being a secondary option. To be fully functional, mobile ERP solutions should support the use of multiple devices. Also, web-based solutions are more advantageous to native, device-specific solutions.

 

  1. Business Intelligence:
    ERP solutions are mainly data centers that could provide tons of usable but useless data. A good ERP facilitates more efficient operations through providing only the prime data to management to use it in practical use. In fact, more and more businesses are beginning to combine ERP solutions with business intelligence (BI) tools in order to make all that data work for them. Your ERP better be BI-enabled with dynamic reporting tools which provide the right insights at the right time.

 

  1. Social ERP:

Collaboration has a positive impact on staff engagement and productivity. ERP software with add-ons that emulate the functionality of social networking tools is becoming increasingly popular. Features like chat and message boards can facilitate better collaboration. Check communication tools for asynchronous features and e-mail integration.

 

In conclusion, to stay ahead of the competition, your ERP needs to adapt to these evolving trends. You should have a clear idea of what you hope to get out of ERP solutions. Return on investment (ROI) will no longer be the only aspect businesses will have to consider in terms of ERP solutions.

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