ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. In practice, this is the name given to a comprehensive enterprise information system via which a company plans, manages and integrates all or most areas of its activities. Typically, these areas are:
Each department works in a different way, with different agendas and workflows, and therefore has specific requirements for software to help them organise, simplify and automate routine activities.
You could say that each department needs its own application. With ERP, each department does in fact have its own application, fully integrated with all the others. A comprehensive information system can communicate, share information and automate activities between all departments throughout the organisation. Thanks to integrated web solutions and customer portals, customer and supplier processes can also be directly linked to the ERP system. Have a look at a case study from Sodexo, where a well-chosen ERP system increased sales by 10%.
Thanks to modern technologies and artificial intelligence (AI), ERP systems help companies optimise their operations and in doing so save a considerable amount of costs and time. So what are the main benefits of ERP?
ERP systems often functionally cover wide areas of operational and business activities - their implementation is often a complex and challenging task with many risks.
However, this need not always be the case. Modern cloud-based modular systems can be introduced gradually in individual areas of your business without the need to invest in infrastructure.