How ERP software is designed? ERP Software Company has to consider many basic processes of the company to design the software. ERP should suit the working environment and infrastructure of the organization, and the employee using it should be able to get reports fast. This software also helps in HR management process, financial accounting, production management, inventory management and sales of a company, but ideal enterprise software should have the features to provide business plans to meet the business requirements of the company buying it.
The major function of ERP software should be to provide appropriate business strategies. The companies buying this software should be able to generate multi year business plans and multi level management reports.
What are the major business strategies of a company? A company has a mission statement for the next business year. Each company has a plan to accomplish the business and annual goals. The management of the company decides the plan and actions, which can help the company in accomplishing a target. The SWOT analysis of a business is carried out by the management of a company to get appropriate business strategies. The market competition and market needs are compared to the current business situation and the critical factors, which can affect the success of a business plan, are examined.
The ERP software should be designed in a way to help companies to design business strategies. It should provide vision to the company by giving clear and unaltered data, which links the business plans to the function of the software. Generally, when it is designed the companies should consider the business plan before designing software function.
1. ERP software should be helpful in defining business goals of a company. For example: A comparative market study of product manufactured by the company, gives the business goal.
2. Business goals should be linked to business strategies and processes.
3. The processes should be integrated to software modules.
The business goals should be linked properly to the enterprise resource planning software to get analytically advanced business reports. The framework of this software should be defined in a way to link business goals to strategies and strategies to processes, which runs the software functions. If the software follows the correct methodology in defining functions, it will help the company to define strategies.
For example – A company can compare the inventory records to the top companies in the market and define the amount of raw material needed for next production procedure, and a lot of expense on buying of inventory can be controlled by the management. Here the business goal of the company is decided by the ERP software.
The company can alter the business strategy by reducing the overall expense made on buying inventory by comparing its company's data with the best in the market. The process of replacement of some raw material can be attained by making business strategies based on the decisions and the ERP software should be planned in a way to have features to accommodate the replacement process.