Some time ago, the market for ERP systems were relegated to Fortune 1,000 companies. That was back in the mid-1990’s when big mainframe computers handled such complicated software programs for document management, business planning, accounting, inventory control and human resources.
Today, ERP software is not just for large enterprise-type businesses and organizations, thanks to developers and tech companies like Microsoft. Now, small to medium-size businesses can also enjoy the features and benefits of this software.
What is ERP? As Webopedia defines it:
“Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is business process management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate many back office functions related to technology, services, and human resources. ERP software integrates all facets of an operation, including product planning, development, manufacturing, sales, and marketing.”
Looking at ERP software in terms of today’s cloud computing, Forbes notes the coming-together of such innovative platforms to deliver better outcomes, particularly when it comes to “supply chain systems.”
In such instances, ERP software, like Microsoft Dynamics GP, integrates all facets of supply chain management as well as manufacturing processes. What’s more, the platform provides real-time data on sales revenue while engaging the customer base.
Unlike the mainframe era, when ERP systems could top $2 million and even take “four years” to implement, the landscape has drastically changed: Microsoft offers a full line of Dynamics software with scalable options.
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