What is ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning? What does ERP software do?

ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning

A fully integrated ERP software enables companies and employees to make the best use of their time and provides efficiency in terms of time management and job tracking. So, what is ERP software?

The working system of a company is like a ‘relay race’. After each unit / department in the company processes inputs they receive, carry out their jobs and completes their tasks, they transfer their outputs of the process to the next unit / department. All these processes can be managed and coordinated by a fully integrated ERP software.

When a company reaches certain size and complexity, planning and management becomes challenging for employees – creating unnecessary paperwork, duplication and most importantly causing errors, inefficiencies and delays.

It is also necessary to monitor and follow the business processes by different people at different times. Problems experienced in the process steps need to be monitored and followed by all employees and  managers.

All  processes that each unit needs to carry out in separate systems and applications can be performed in a single system and be digitally managed thanks to ERP software. ERP software brings together all inputs and outputs in an integrated way. This relay race between units can be orchestrated in a synchronised manner by using ERP software in order to take your company to success.

On the other hand, in a company that does not use ERP software, each unit performs its duty separately, makes a different effort and spend time to inform other units about the progress, results and every problem experienced.

The inputs and outputs of all processes such as customer enquiry, quotation, sales order, tracking, purchasing, dispatching, accounting, etc. need to be processed manually or in separate systems and applications and transferred to the next step in another department requiring input from other colleagues.

All this causes time loss, process loss, job loss and unnecessary documents. Today, when time management and productivity is of great importance for companies and their long-term success, ERP software helps you manage your time better and utilise your resources effectively, remove unnecessary and mundane steps in process steps and put in place better and interconnected business processes.

There are so many companies and vendors who offer ERP software for various industries, business types and sectors. Here are some links which might help you on your research and enhance your understanding:

SAP, Oracle, Netsuite, Microsoft Dynamics, IFS, Infor, Epicor, QAD, Sage, Syspro.

If you want to discover how our ERP software can help your business, please get in touch with our team and discuss how ZEST Cloudsuite can help you manage your business more efficiently from ‘enquiry to invoice’!