Implementation of ERP software will drive review of business processes — it goes hand in hand with preparing the install and configuration of the software to suit a company’s needs. Review and adjustment of the way a business operates will dictate how the ERP solution is rolled out for a unique client.
Business process management is like creating a roadmap. After all, it is very unlikely to undertake a long journey without first procuring a map and planning a route. Being able to visualize a destination can reveal pitfalls, as well as various avenues before untraveled.
Reviewing what is working for a company and what is not will help to identify what is needed in the ERP system. Modern ERP systems should deliver adaptable cloud and mobile technology, ideally with an all-inclusive user licensing model. When moving to the cloud, a company should benefit from real-time visibility of the business anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
A full suite of integrated business management applications — including financials, distribution, project accounting, and CRM, as well as separate editions for field service, commerce, manufacturing, and construction — offer one solution that has the ability to bring together the entire organization. A solid ERP vendor will also have established partnerships to integrate just about any application a company could use.
There are various levels of business process management to consider when designing and implementing a new ERP solution:
Business Process Management (BPM) — This is a holistic approach used to evaluate, improve, and align business processes to meet the overall goals and strategy of the organization; it can enable a business to be more efficient and flexible to change.
Business Process Improvement (BPI) — Examining key processes within an organization helps to determine competitive differentiators. Initially, a business will identify the current state and primary key performance indicators to measure success; then, a company needs to determine a root cause, validate it, and improve processes to optimize ultimate efficiency; and finally, a control plan is put in place to monitor the ongoing process and ensure checks are put in place that trigger appropriate responses if key metrics fall short.
Business Process Reengineering (BPR) — Sometimes more radical change is in order. This is typically the case when current processes are unable to be improved with minor changes, and, instead, require redesigning from scratch, creating a new process from start to completion.
Business Process Optimization (BPO) — Existing processes within the business are assessed and methods are sought to improve them — all with the intention of reducing the company’s overall cost to produce.
Acumatica addresses the process of identifying and updating the business process to ensure a successful ERP implementation. Read the blog for further insight from this award-winning vendor.
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