ERP System Enhancements

 

Why Enhance ERP Systems?

 

It's the little things...

Most modern ERP systems are very good at keeping data integrity and control through diverse industry processes, but they are often cumbersome to work with and hard to navigate. This is no flaw of the ERP systems, but rather a consequence of their design goals. People who work at creating the "ultimate ERP system" need to focus on the goal of managing all integrated parts together while never failing to close a transaction or lose an adjustment, and keeping track of it all.

The consequence of all that is very little effort spent on designing user-oriented interfaces, very little drive towards ease-of-use, and the system programmers employed to achieve all the important ERP functionality often have a technical background and are not experienced in the day-to-day difficulties of the personnel in the industry whom need to use these systems.

Every company has staff that bemoan the slowness of the systems and the amount of effort needed to do basic tasks. When staff find the systems easier and faster to use, they will not only be happier, but deliver more correct work with less opportunity for finger errors and other short-cuts due to system input fatigue.

 

Ease of Access to information...

Once the staff's lives are made easier, there are of course business management needs to consider. Better Business Inteligence (BI), Business Analytics (BA), Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Early-Warning systems are vital to a healthy business.
We are of course not the first people to realise this, many systems out there provide good BI and analysis tools (Such as Qlikview), all aimed at improving management's perception of the business performance - but what good is an overview tool when data entry at the basic level is behind schedule and error-prone? We're all familliar with the old adages: "Garbage in - garbage out" and "A chain is only as strong as the weakest link". We ensure every link in your system is fortified, from the bottom up.

We're all a bit special...

The final point to note is that most good ERP systems are intended to work in diverse industries and try to suit everyone. It is of course impossible to suit everyone perfectly, and while they do very well in "normal" businesses and manufacturing works, there are some businesses and manufacturers out there who are very far from "normal" - and not just slightly eccentric, but operations with very custom workflows, perhaps tens of thousands of stock codes to manage, or those with external regulations impacting their processes. Whatever your business peculiarity, we can tame your ERP system into cooperation.

 

How could (and should) modern ERP systems be enhanced?

There are very many enhancements, the usefulness of which dependent somehwat on the type of business and processes in place. Here are some quick examples from some current RIFIN ERP enhancement Systems:
(Please Note: The following example images are all from actual live systems, so some sensitive values are obscured here, but in the working systems they appear normal.)