ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) refers to the software that manages and automates many of the internal processes of companies. In this way, the data generated can be exported and shared with the different departments of the company.
The use of ERPs is intended to integrate all internal processes and generate and facilitate the flow of information within organizations. They cover processes such as production, logistics, distribution, inventory, shipping, invoicing, accounting, warehouse management, etc. They generally work in a modular way in order to adapt to the specific needs of each company.
Increasingly, ERPs incorporate integration options for human resource management, marketing and even CRM to manage the relationship with customers.
Over time, ERPs have ceased to be closed systems to manage the company's internal scheme. Thus, more and more modules are appearing that allow connection with external elements that are part of the economic ecosystem in which the company is integrated. For example, they allow you to connect with marketplaces, banks, suppliers, ecommerce platforms, Business Intelligence systems or IoT.
This connection between the company's internal and external systems aims at the maximum automation and control of the daily management.
- Optimization of the company's management processes
- Access to information in order to measure data
- Possibility of sharing relevant information between all departments.
- Identify and eliminate redundant or unnecessary operations
Characteristics of the ERPs
- Modular: To adapt to the internal configuration of each company and provide solutions to each department.
- Configurable: They usually incorporate programming tools that allow you to develop new processes.
- Specialized: Given the complexity of business management and certain sectors, ERPs often offer different specialized products. Thus we can find ERP adapted to companies based on parameters such as size, activity or sector of the company.