These are the questions we encounter most frequently, which sum up what an ERP is and why it is important for a business.
What is an ERP?
An ERP („Enterprise resource planning”) is an integrated software system used to manage resources in business. The ERP integrates all business process in a common map, communicating your position at any given time in the business evolution.
Why do you need an ERP?
In today's setting, information is a key factor for managing any business - regardless of the industry you activate in. You cannot have a whole and at the same time detailed view upon departments and activity branches, you cannot be in line with the market leaders, you cannot use your resources at the most of their potential - unless you implement an ERP.
An ERP allows you to be informed and to make decisions based on clear and relevant information about your business. You need an ERP system in order to maximise the efficiency, performance and profitability of your activity, using technological innovation to the advantage of your company.
In which specific domains can an ERP be implemented?
An ERP can be successfully implemented in any business field. Until now, companies from sectors such as: agriculture, retail, distribution, freight and passenger transport, courier and parcel post, logistics, public utilities, service and maintenance, typography, tourism - are efficiently using Ascent ERP modules.
What are the costs of an ERP system?
For the ERP implementation, there isn't a standard price - this varies a lot according to the activities, requirements and profile of the client company. Overall, the cost of an ERP system is situated anywhere between several thousands and several tens of thousand euros.
What are the steps for the implementation ?
1. System requirements analysis
2. Proposing deliverables (the projection of the detailed workflow to be followed as a target for the ERP implementation on modules)
3. Execution (designing the prototype)
4. ERP implementation
5. User training and instruction
7. Maintenance and service for the entire system usage
How often does an ERP system need to be updated?
The ERP software can be updated whenever necessary - according to the impact of legislative or fiscal changes, in the case of modules such as Accounting, Financial, Human Resources. Also, the basic module improvements can raise the need for software update - depending on the support contract.
Why not maintain a simple system (Excel or online billing applications)?
The needs of a small company may or may not justify the acquisition of an ERP. In general, the ERP becomes necessary when the operation in several applications becomes redundant, creating "informational islands". Most relevantly, regardless of the number of users, the volume of information which needs to be managed might necessitate an ERP implementation even in the case of a company with a rather small number of employees.