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What Are the Requirements to Become an ERP Consultant?

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Enterprise Resource Planning is the most buzz word nowadays in the most of the manufacturing industries. Business owners have been trying to adopt latest technologies to stay ahead of the competition. So, there is a lot of demand over there in the market for ERP applications that has got the capability to streamline all functional areas such as production, finance, sales, human resource, inventory and operations in the company.

The critical part in the whole process would be recognizing the process flow of the organization and implementation of the application. That's where the role of ERP consultant comes in. Come along with this piece of article where in you can go through a candid analysis on what exactly a candidate needs to become an ERP consultant.

The main role of an ERP consultant is to be involved in the Enterprise Resource Planning implementation activities. His role starts from understanding customer requirements, designing process of the organization and ends with the implementation and formal training.

1. Understand the Business Environment: At the outset, the first concern would be something that how far can you dig into the process flow of any company and understand the operations of any organization. Before going to implement an ERP application, you need to have thorough understanding on the customer business environment and process flow of the operations. If you are able to understand the business process of various organizations, that would be helpful to keep your eye on far horizon.

2. You should have thorough knowledge on the software platforms used by many of the ERP companies.

3. It would be advisable to get trained on basic modules of any traditional Enterprise Resource Planning application. This will give you basic knowledge on how an ERP application integrates the functional departments of the organization.

4. Accounting packages play a key role in the implementation of ERP. You should have basic understanding on General Ledger, Accounts Payables and Accounts Receivables are very crucial for any implementation. Mostly these are the basic modules on which a fresher needs to work on to start with and come out with flying colors.

5. Knowledge on databases like MS SQL and SQL Server is must because most of the time your task in the implementation would revolve around the database server.

6. You no need to have an engineering degree to break into the field but it can be an added advantage at the time of your personal discussion with the customer.

7. The last one would be the Business Intelligence tool. This is what we can call it as Management Information System. Go and get some knowledge on how to generate reports and other stuff by working on any business intelligence software application.

If you have all these skills, you are almost ready to get into the field of so called Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation with a badge called ERP consultant. If you are a fresher, keep all these things in mind and put into practice to fulfill your dream.

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