WHITE PAPER: WHAT IS ERP? AN EXPERT GUIDE

WHITE PAPER: WHAT IS ERP? AN EXPERT GUIDE

Ioanna Nasiara, Business Development & Marketing

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems were introduced in the market 30 years ago, however question marks remain over what ERP is, how it can benefit an organisation and what the phases of the ERP journey are.

Covering processes over HR, finance, supply chain, procurement, manufacturing, services and more, ERP Systems are used to manage the core business processes of an organisation by integrating the key information into one single system.
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ERP integrates all core processes needed to run an organisation into one logical system

Why do organisations implement ERP solutions? According to our ERP expert and founding Director of Moore Insight, Peter Morley:

There are many reasons why organisations choose to implement ERP systems and the most important come from answering key questions about the way that a business operates, the time that it consumes in information processing, the consistency and integrity of its data and whether different departments within an organisation rely on separate and disjointed information”.

As organisations grow, they reach a point where all these factors become increasingly daunting and costly. This is where integrated ERP systems can be a best-fit solution for your business”, says Brian Mahon, ERP expert and Director at Moore Insight.

In order to realise the true benefits behind Enterprise Resource Planning, it is imperative to gain a deeper insight on the key components of ERP systems. Although different ERP’s can vary in terms of scale, scope and functionality, most of them share some core features that define ways of working. The key attributes of Enterprise Resource Planning are the following:
  • Common / Integrated Data
  • Integrated Business Processes
  • Automation
  • Powerful & Consistent User Interface
From SMEs to large enterprises and public sector organisations, Enterprise Resource Planning systems can offer a variety of benefits to an organisation.

Our ERP experts have identified the following advantages of ERP solutions:
  • Business Insight
  • Better Collaboration
  • Data Integrity
  • Data Security
  • Cost Savings

The ERP Journey

The ERP journey is a process of change with the objective of facilitating growth, improving the customer experience, maximising operational efficiency, and providing people with the right tools to become industry leaders.
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The ERP Journey is a sustained evolution of development and growth, taking your business on a journey of true digital transformation.

A strong understanding of the end-to-end journey of ERP is integral to every successful implementation project”, says Peter Morley.

Based on our expert knowledge, we have provided the key phases of a typical ERP journey, as follows:
  • Discovery & Planning
  • Evaluation and Selection 
  • Contract
  • Optimised Design and Implementation 
  • Development
  • Testing
  • Training  
  • Business Change  
  • Deployment
  • Support
ERPs and their benefits vs challenges depend on the organisation implementing them, the processes and procedures that are in place but also the people and their engagement in change. To provide more information on what ERP systems are and a more in-depth look at common challenges and benefits, we have produced a free whitepaper resource “What is ERP?”
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DOWNLOAD THE WHITE PAPER HERE


If you require any support at any stage of your ERP journey, Moore Insight and our expert team are here to help. Please contact: info@moore-insight.com or use our Contact Us page to reach out to us for advice.