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Plan ahead for technical upgrades to enterprise resource planning systems

4/26/2012 at 10:56 am by

Commercial software that facilitates business operations in any industry is generally the most important part of any data and tracking system. Companies will often spend a great deal more on specific programs and applications than the actual machines used to run them. Additionally, more planning and research are necessary to select the right enterprise resource planning system.

However, this isn't to say expending time and resources on technological selection isn't important. Just because the software end of an implementation requires more energy doesn't mean hardware choices won't need to be made deliberately.

One way companies can prioritize their focus is to first become accustomed to ERP technology after the planning and installation of such software is complete. After all, an application can always be updated and amended so long as a strong relationship persists between business and vendor. Here are some later expansions that can be made to company operations after tracking, recording and projecting processes have been mastered.

Mobile devices
The addition of mobile functionality to enterprise resource planning isn't terribly difficult. In fact, it only requires specific nodes to ensure the data collected by remote workers and employees on the floors of production facilities is matched with its database equivalents. Consider making this kind of operation available once business practices have been adjusted to suit the abilities of ERP technology.

Cloud computing
There's no reason an organization can't immediately begin using ERP software in the cloud. For some enterprises, it's an economical choice that frees offices from the task of hosting most of their own data and hardware. However, mid-sized companies might decide they want to begin with a standard implementation and try taking advantage of some types of cloud functionality in the future.

Training
Clerical workers, managers, IT supervisors and salespeople all need to know how to deal with enterprise resource planning systems, which is why training is so important for any member of a staff who could conceivably come into contact with the technology. However, as new versions of programs such as Sage 300 ERP are released or receive minor patches, the ways they interact with mobile devices or operating systems might bear updating as well. Keep training contemporary so problems aren't mistakenly blamed on hardware or software.

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