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Record helpful information with enterprise resource planning

4/24/2012 at 12:08 pm by

It's often said knowledge is power, and nowhere is this more pertinent than in the business world. Risk and uncertainty are the natural enemies of commercial leaders, and many executives strive to eliminate every form of these emotions. Therefore, it's no surprise business management software is growing in popularity due to the direction and guidance it offers.

Enterprise resource planning is particularly helpful not only due to the large amount of data it can collect but also because it's able to organize information so well. Order statuses, supply levels and even financial projections can be contained in the software and give managers and executives the ability to confidently plunge ahead with standard operations and new projects.

However, there is also a great deal of secondary data most leaders don't even consider collecting and deploying. One of the most pleasant surprises supervisors experience after implementing ERP technology occurs when information they never even considered using becomes available. Consider how some of the following records could be beneficial for different organizations.

Defects and overall quality
There is no such thing as a perfect system, and as volumes increase, so does the probability mistakes will be made. This is true for production facilities as well as distribution, so it's impossible to avoid a few defective items and products. However, the goal of any business should be to minimize them, which is a lot easier when a company has a firm grasp on the amount of defective orders it's sending out.

Work instructions
A lot of what businesses create or provide for clients can easily be recorded in terms of end results. For instance, most traditional systems will simply log how many of a certain unit was produced, but they might not necessarily be able to provide further data about the actual creation process. Use ERP technology to keep instructions about how every single item is generated so employees have that data on hand and managers can understand how problems may have arisen.

Equipment
Enterprise resource planning isn't just about the materials needed to please clients or the products that are ultimately sent to customers. Equipment is as much of a resource as anything else and must be tracked and monitored in great detail. Use ERP systems to make note of the status of different tools and to record their histories so information can be factored into cost projections and operations reports.

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