Enterprise Resource Planning systems or ERPs, are really just the integration of all data and processes of an organization in a unified system. To achieve this integration, a typical ERP system will use multiple components of computer software and hardware. In most ERP systems you will find the use of a unified database to store data for the various system modules. At Software Process, Inc., we offer ERP Implementations consulting for your business throughout the United States and abroad. And our cutting edge professionals can travel nationwide to help you.
Let’s say for example your Human Resources and Financial departments are using their own computer systems. Wouldn’t it be better for them to use one computer system instead of two? Having one system requires lower maintenance and easier reporting capabilities because all data will be kept in one database. This is where ERP implementation comes in.
As your consulting team, SPI is responsible for your initial ERP implementation and delivery of work to tailor the system beyond "go live". As far as tailoring, this may include additional product training, creation of process triggers and workflow, specialist advice to improve how the ERP is used in the business, system optimization and assistance writing reports, complex data extracts or implementing business intelligence.
A critical part of the ERP Implementation project will be the planning and testing of the implementation. SPI studies your current business processes and matches them to the corresponding processes in the ERP system, which results in configuring the ERP system to your businesses’ needs. Technical consulting often involves programming. Most ERP vendors allow modification of their software to suit the business needs of their customer.
Since ERP software systems are typically complex and usually impose significant changes on staff work practices, it is more cost effective to hire a consultant team like SPI. The length of time to implement an ERP system depends on the size of your business, the scope of the change and willingness of you to take ownership for the project. A small company with a staff of less than 100 may be planned and delivered within 3 months. A large, multi-site or multi-country implementation may take years.
The most important aspect of any ERP implementation is that the company who has purchased the ERP product takes ownership of the project! SPI is here to help you with the implementation process and help you take ownership.