The Ultimate ERP – For Some it’s Seamless Workflow
Most people who are into ERP planning in anticipation of implementing new ERP system capabilities tend to spend a lot of effort reviewing a variety of ERP solutions supplied by a wide range of ERP vendors. There is absolutely nothing wrong in taking the time to analyze a number of ERP management systems specifically designed for ERP companies, It would be considered prudent to do so.
It really doesn’t matter whether the ERP application being researched for is for an ERP manufacturing environment, an ERP mrp, an scm ERP or simply an ERP crm. The real problem in the analysis is that most people, in their unconscious minds, become fully intent on finding what they think is the right ERP software based on popularity and marketing pull when, in reality, they really would be better served by first taking some time to carefully think about what it is that they are really trying to achieve on behalf of their company.
Is the new ERP going to help provide the ultimate in both productivity and efficiency? Is it going to be easy to install? Is it going to provide flexibility be flexible after installation? What happens if what we are doing today is not what we will be doing tomorrow? What if we do change? Will the ERP system we choose continue to fulfill or needs?
In order to demonstrate, let’s first consider the typical ERP business having just gone through the typical ERP integration and the ERP implementation. Naturally, everyone wants their ERP project to be the best ERP system available in the ERP marketplace. Some even try to find a free ERP and others attempt to implement an open ERP thinking that either of these types of ERP systems will be less expensive.
While enterprise resource planning ERP concepts and the ERP definition are not always fully understood by many, particularly the smaller companies, thousands of companies now employ a wide variety of ERP modules, designed to meet a range of business requirements, not just manufacturing.
Today, with the advent of web ERP the ERP module can now easily be delivered to the end user by an Application Service Provider from and to virtually location anywhere in the world – designed to fit almost any business requirement one could imagine.
A wide range of ERP company marketing strategies continue to evolve. Out of these we have become accustomed to terms such as cloud computing, software as a service, portal and application on demand – all delivery processes. These are important, most are good, but not nearly so important as most marketing people would like to have most of us believe.
For a number of management, accounting and consulting firms, ERP consulting has very much become a mainline or significant revenue source. In turn, this has prompted huge numbers of employees, particularly accountants, to personally evolve their ERP career to meet the ever growing demands for complex ERP company installations, ERP training and other ongoing ERP support methodologies.
Microsoft ERP, SAP ERP and Infor ERP represent only three examples out of dozens of ERP systems integrators vying for your business. Every software product has pros and cons, however, these types of systemsl have two things in common. One, they are all made up of integrated modules driven by the modularity of the modules they are constructed from, and secondly, the emphasis on installation and support has always been and will probably continue to be on the delivery methodology of the ERP, not what the ERP actually does for the end user.
The reason I say this is that the engineering structure of the ERP has not changed one iota in the past forty or so years. It is still integrated modules. What has changed periodically, even significantly, in ERP engineering over the years is how it has been packaged and delivered.
In many cases changing delivery methodologies has only served to dramatically increase complexity when the real goal should have been to simplify. The development of server farms resulting in information silos is just one example of how ERP implementation has influenced the evolvement of delivery methodologies – certainly not what one would call a real innovative change in ERP system design.
To resolve the whole issue we have to ask ourselves a basic question: “What is ERP?”
While, for most of us, this is the first question that comes to mind, the question we really should be asking ourselves is this: “What does an ERP do?” More specifically: “What does my ERP do for me?” I stress this because I believe we have become so overwhelmed by ERP sales promotions that we have totally forgotten all about what we really wanted our ERP solution to do for us in the first place.
Was it not to make our lives simpler and easier?
Was it not to bring the entire corporate information system to a common level through integration?
Was there not some idea of achieving an unprecedented level of excellence?
Was it not about sharing common data and resources?
The unfortunate truth is that it doesn’t really happen like that.
We all know and have come to understand and accept that ERP implementation always begins with an expensive ERP integration process which can take many months, if not years. This is then followed up by extensive ERP training, frequently specialized for not only each and every module, but also for the module to module interfaces required in the ERP system. This is the norm. This is what consumers have come to expect, because truthfully, software developers and systems integrators really have had no other way to do it. Everybody has been doing the best they can.
But, today, at long last, there is a better way. There is an ERP that doesn’t require all that complex integration. There is an ERP that can be installed and implemented in a few short days or weeks. There is an ERP that is both simple and easy to use. So much so that some seasoned ERP professionals refuse to believe that it is even possible.
But it is!
It is our fully seamless workflow information and accounting system iNfinite Answers.
In fact, iNfinite Answers not only does what we all really wanted it to do in the first place, but it does it far easier and faster than any standard ERP could ever be designed to do.
Why is it sometimes referred to as an unERP even though it really is a perfectly seamless ERP?
The answer is simple.
We all understand that a typical ERP or accounting system is made up of integrated modules driven by modularity, ie: the modules it is made up from.
Now, simply think of fully itegrated data instead of integrated modules. Think of all your data, all your business transactions being in one file. Becuse the data is fully integrated there are no modules, at least not in the traditional sensse. There are now only functions representing modules. As a result, life just got a whole lot simpler!