How do you know if your organization is ready for ERP software? This differs per industry and per company, but these are 4 clear signs that your organization will benefit from an Enterprise Resource System.
1. The organization is growing rapidly
The size of your company does not tell you everything when it comes to the need for ERP. You can be with a handful of employees and work with ERP or be with many people without having the need for an ERP system. But if you grow as an organization in terms of business, revenues and employees, you will eventually come to a point where an ERP system provides added value or even becomes a must-have. The service department can no longer do its planning on paper or in Excel, the rental fleet is too big to manage without a system and/or the administration and finance are so comprehensive that the structure of an ERP system is required. Do you recognize this? Do not hesitate to take action, because the time between starting your search for a software solution and completing the implementation can take more than a year!
2. Your business activities are complex and comprehensive
It goes without saying that your business activities play a key role in the potential need for ERP software. In a very diverse and/or comprehensive industry with complex processes, the need for an ERP implementation is more likely than in a company with very straightforward activities and processes. Can you manage to control your processes, take the right decisions and work efficiently without an ERP system? No problem. But do you lack overview, need structure and want to make your processes more efficient? Then it is time for ERP.
"Do you lack overview, need structure and want to make your processes more efficient? Then it is time for ERP."
3. Without ERP you run into issues
Ask yourself what problems you are experiencing because you don’t have an ERP system. Do you miss out on customers? Are there mistakes in your financial statements? Do you lose a lot of time on administration? Also, think about the future; will your problems become even bigger or do you foresee that things will become easier in the coming years? In the search for software, you should focus on tackling these problems for your organization. A more positive look at ERP is of course to consider the benefits you will get. Calculate, for example, the expected return on investment. A quick calculation can easily convince you to go for ERP software.
4. You need structure and control
Freedom and flexibility are important. For example, if you want to change the service schedule at the last minute or to offer any discount to your customers that you can think of. But you will have to think carefully about the consequences and disadvantages of freedom and flexibility. And thus the advantages of structure and control. An ERP system forces you to work in a certain way, to stick to procedures and to provide full information. And that will help you to get more in control so that you can steer the organization and can realize your ambitions.