Nowadays, ERP partners are more and more specialized in a specific industry. They know the problems of the industry, understand the business processes and deliver software that can handle the specific challenges of the industry. Working with industry-specific ERP software yields several important benefits compared to working with generic ERP software.
1. The ERP system includes the best practices of the industry
ERP partners with an industry-specific software solution are specialists. Instead of a system that is workable for many industries, they go for a system that works great for your industry. Because of the experiences at similar organizations they know the challenges in the industry and how to deal with this in the best possible way. Your partner knows the industry’s ‘best practices’. This way you do not only get a system that works, but you also bring your organization to a higher level by optimizing processes. A more efficient and effective way of working that is fully facilitated by the ERP system.
2. New developments become part of the ERP system
To remain competitive, it is important to keep up with developments in technology, legislation or processes as well as developments at partners, suppliers and customers. So, you need an ERP system that keeps up with these developments. If you opt for an industry-specific ERP system, you increase the likelihood that your ERP partner remains aware of all developments that are relevant to you. These developments will be adopted by the software, which means that you will have an ERP system that not only meets your requirements and wishes right now, but also in the future.
3. The chances of continuity and innovation of the system are great
If you work with an ERP partner with no or little knowledge about your industry and with little similar companies amongst their customers, you run the risk that the product development stops or takes a completely different direction. In the case of an industry-specific ERP solution with a broad group of customers, there is a good chance that the ERP partner will continue to invest in the quality and the possibilities of the software. After all, there are various customers expecting innovation and product development.
4. Consultants are full-fledged sparring partners to improve your business
An ERP consultant is considered by many as a software consultant, while it is much more a business consultant. Your main goal with ERP software is to fulfill the ambitions of your organization. It is therefore about improving your operations. A consultant with expertise in your industry is a fully-fledged sparring partner to make improvements in your operations.
An ERP implementation is about organizing the business processes as well as possible and so you need a partner who knows your type of organization. Not a generalist, but a specialist.