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The Definition , Grit and Essence of ERP in Today's Changing Corporate Ecosystem

Updated on September 13, 2016


Enterprise Resource Planning is one of the most reviewed software in the field of business management that is typically used in the collection, storage, management and interpretation of data from a range of business activities such as manufacturing, cost, product planning, sales and marketing.

ERP is commonly referred to as enterprise application software as a result of its suitability for use by medium to large scale businesses. It also demands the use of dedicated work teams to prepare, install and analyze the associated data along with necessary upgrades and eventual deployment. All these will not only prove costly for small business but will also prove sub-optimal.

What Necessitates ERP

When businesses think of their vertical and horizontal core, having a system in place to harmonize both facets is a fundamental step that will not only promote efficiency but enhance the efficiency of the value-chain. The elimination of minute and repetitive tasks comes along as a spin-off of having an ERP application in place.

When decisions are to be made based on available data, sometimes the strength of such steps could be severely limited by the narrow scope of inputs and scenario that is covered. The availability of a more embracing framework that covers the input, surrounding conditions, output and prevailing indices, helps to galvanize management decision making.

Taking a note of the nitty-gritty of customer orders when viewed against the background of what is available by way of management capacity to meet orders vis-a-vis the response time or target lead time for stock replenishment will lead to the determination of a set of indices that will optimize procurement, supplies as well as the manufacturing process.

Consider the failure of management to integrate the substrata of key components of the value-chain and the gaps that will exist between production planning, storage and store management, delivery and supplies as well as the run-in effects on creditors’ balances or stock levels. The better armed management is with key data, the more integrated the decision making process will be and the better optimized will the resultant actions turn out in the long run.


The Edge of the Present Over The Past

The traditional feedback models that were built on standalone facets of the management process made it a nightmare to cope with the gaps and shortcomings that the model presented. In today’s corporate environment, the need to access key data when needed cannot be over-emphasized as it enables cutting edge developments to be appropriately managed for better results and corporate health.

The ease of moving portable technologies that can be used in diverse work conditions also helps to highlight the suitability of ERP systems in the most demanding of corporate scenarios. When each loop is able to feed in to the overall structure of input management, feedback mechanism and disruption management, there will be no room left for anyone to be caught napping or for organization to be judged inadequate to respond to prevailing challenges as they crop up.

The management of time lags is one other core as data can be processed on real-time basis with the capacity to process input data not anyway limited by the complexity of scenarios or demands of the marketplace or work environment. A truly integrated system stands out in assured veracity when placed side by side the template of expected outcomes, budgeted projections and the pace of meeting up with clear expectations. That feedbacks come in timely fashion means that corrections, modifications and alterations can be made systematically and easily with minimal disruptions if any.

When an organization is unable to respond to disruptions as it should, it reveals the underbelly of the existence of a system that is sub-par and inadequate to cater for the high hopes and expectations of stakeholders in its primary and secondary spheres. The utility of an organization can get lost in translation if stakeholders envisage and evaluate it as lacking in the capacity to make things happen and grow the shareholders wealth.

The Core of ERP

  • ERP systems are able to drive remarkable gains and improvements in organizational development by creating the enabling environment for the following;
  • Becoming a fulcrum for the definition of the business processes and ensuring compliance throughout the delivery chain
  • Providing the critical infrastructure for transforming data into valuable inputs for decision making
  • As a tool for improved service delivery
  • As a workload planning tool based on customers’ orders and forecast
  • Providing a backbone for the protection of critical and analyzed business data through well spelt –out procedures and security protocols

The Benefits of ERP

ERP Facilitates the Integration of Business Processes.

This makes it possible for there to be a synchronization of all facets of the business which begins from customer order to planning and order scheduling, the process of production to the final step of distribution and delivery.

ERP Leads to Productivity Enhancement Through Automation.

Efficiency is the result of automating every step of the business process. This makes the process less error-prone, faster and efficient. It also eliminates the need for such routines like balancing of data.

ERP is a Springboard for Improved Performance.

Through the integration of disparate components of the business process, there is an elimination of duplication, unproductive routines and incoherent organizational goals. The cumulative and resultant effect of ERP is the superior productivity and performance of the organization.

ERP Provides Performance Analysis and Quality Reports.

The performance of every organization is open to analysis from the timely management, and financial reports derived from ERP. This will aid performance review and make room for prompt remedial actions.

ERP Ensures an Integration of the Entire Supply Chain.

A well implemented ERP extends to suppliers and every customer system in order to provide vivid visibility, efficiency and adaptability across the supply chain. This will knock –off any dead-ends and ensure that there is a recognizable interface across board.


Maybe in times past it was easy to sidestep processes and look at the endpoint without paying attention to how the organization cumulatively enhanced or limited possible outcomes. The ERP core and projection of outcomes makes it possible to evaluate each ingredient of corporate systems in order to evaluate individual contributions relative to a sum of the parts.


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