The WHAT, WHEN and HOW of ERP Software
You’ve probably heard of ERP Software but do you actually know what it means?
It is important to understand what you’re getting into before you choose ERP software. Confusing lingo and buzzwords don’t help anyone, so we try to make it our mission to make it as clear and easy to understand as possible.
The WHAT: What does ERP actually mean?
ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. But that doesn’t really help or tell you anything about what it does. In short ERP is business management software that lets your business integrate applications and automate business functions. ERP can be used to collect, store, manage and interpret data from different parts of your business, including operations, planning, development, HR, payroll, accounts and even sales and marketing.
The WHEN: The history of ERP
The acronym ERP was first used way back when in the 1990’s. It was seen as an extension of existing Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software. ERP experienced rapid growth in the 1990s, moving beyond manufacturing to be used in all types of business, including not-for-profits and government organisations. Faced with potential software issues at the millennium, many companies chose to replace old systems with ERP just before the year 2000.
Later, as more companies began to take advantage of web-based systems and mobile technology, ERP adapted to fit.
The HOWS: How does ERP software actually work?
It’s not just about data, ERP also allows companies to automate processes and streamline functions. This is a good thing for obvious reasons, it gives staff more time to do work that actually grows the business and decreases the chance of human error.