In the introduction of a new ERP system, many companies also see the opportune moment to do another job: Optimising business processes seems obvious. But the disappointment is great when the expected effect in improved processes fails to materialise. However, it is possible, with the right approach, to combine ERP solution and Business process optimisation in one project.
Standard software: A good guide
Most companies can be categorised into sectors and processes. However, companies - especially those in the SME sector - are usually more than that these days. That's why it's also difficult for the SME business market a standard ERP system to generate. The variety of systems and developments that are now available shows the wide range of possibilities. processes and that there is always a newer, better way. This has led to the development of standard solutions that map the necessary processes on the one hand, but are flexible enough to be expanded and extended at any time.
Suppliers help optimise business processes
A good provider also knows the software so well that he can determine during the consultation whether the company processes can be mapped in the software or whether functions have to be programmed for this. These 'adaptations' are of course time-consuming and costly. Another possibility is to reconsider one's work processes in the company and perhaps adopt the approach suggested in the software. Often these ?predefined? Often these 'predefined' processes are the result of long and costly software projects. Therefore, they are definitely worth a second look, as new processes often promise greater project success than an adapted ERP system.
Nevertheless, it should be clear that (despite a good provider) the process optimisation must come from the company side. You know your processes best and are therefore the impetus for process optimisation in the ERP project. You can find one way to approach process optimisation in this way here.
Five good reasons where and why process optimisation is worthwhile:
- Control and transparency of processes (Analysis of company data creates basis for decision-making)
- Automation of the processes (One reduces workload and has capacities for other tasks)
- Acceleration of the processes (see 2.)
- Process safety (Reduction and elimination of error chains, process improvement, increased employee satisfaction)
- Standardisation of the processes in all parts of the company and branches (reduction: effort, time, costs, errors)