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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Buying an ERP System


Is your organization considering whether or not to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for your process manufacturing operation? A good place to start is by compiling a list of the pros and cons of purchasing and implementing an ERP to help make the buying process easier. From our 30+ years of experience, we’ve compiled a list of common pros and cons of ERP software solutions to help your team analyze the information available and make the right decision for your business.

The Pros of an ERP Solution:

  • Provides a complete picture of a company’s critical KPIs to increase productivity and make wise business decisions.

  • Enhances and streamlines business processes to optimize company resources - manufacturing, sales, quality, inventory, financials and reporting.

  • Secures and organizes data into a single reporting system to improve the accuracy and consistency of information.

  • Eliminates unnecessary procedures, redundant processes and manual methods.

  • Utilizes simple and intuitive interfaces for end-users from the front office to the manufacturing floor.

  • Improves customer service with the availability of real-time client information regarding orders and history.

  • Manages quality and regulatory compliance through testing and record keeping.

  • Provides mobile-friendly access to information from work, home or anywhere.

  • Tracks inventory and production with supply chain management to reduce inventory overages and shortages.

  • Provides interactive reporting functionality for unlimited analytical and forecasting potential.

  • Promotes growth through scalability - new users, functionality, locations and customers.

  • Integration with eCommerce, EDI and barcode readers for streamlined sales order processing.

  • Eliminates siloed departments - financial, human resources, sales, marketing, manufacturing, reporting and project management.

The Cons of an ERP Solution:

  • High initial software investment. Yes, it’s true - an ERP software system comes at an expense, but also provides a significant ROI within the first 6 months in the form of inventory and resource savings.

  • Employee training takes time and detracts from everyday business operations. Initially yes, but with thorough support and training for employees with a train-the-trainer approach and on-site direct access to your project team, employees are able to acclimate to new processes more quickly.

  • Required technology and hardware investment. With various deployment options suited to fit different budgets and company needs, an ERP solution can be obtained within your budget.

  • Customization may be required to meet your particular business needs. Selecting an ERP provider that serves your specific industry and offers a solution developed for process manufacturing is key to reducing the need for customizations.

  • Migration of data from other systems is difficult. Yes, data migration can be overwhelming, but working with an experienced ERP implementation specialist can streamline the process and provide recommendations for completion.

  • Lack of employee buy-in with changing processes. ERP experts can guide you through the stages of a business process review and suggest best practices for your industry to take you through every step of the implementation.

Weighing the pros and cons of purchasing and implementing an ERP software system is well worth your company’s time to find a solution that meets your needs now and in the future. With ProcessPro, you’ll have a trusted partner with the knowledge and experience in your industry to guide you through the process with ease. Contact us today.

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