What is the need of an ERP system? Some may ask. The answer is not simple. Though we must understand that today there are lots of midsize companies face challenges specific to their industries. Businesses that make consumer product goods are concerned about regulations and reporting requirements, while public-sector organizations are worried about maintaining customer loyalty. Also, manufacturers are concerned about the commoditization of their products. A robust ERP package can help address these issues, as well.
Though some companies have already implemented an ERP there are still many who don't have any of these systems. At the same time, it is also to be noted that many ERP implementations in the midmarket are quite mature and ripe for replacement.
Many midmarket companies must now also choose an ERP system on which to standardize after multiple systems were installed, perhaps through mergers, across the enterprise. Although it's not necessary, midsize companies seem to prefer consolidating their business-management applications in one ERP package, at least in part to cut down on integration headaches.
Vendors are aggressively vying for customers, launching new ERP solutions designed to meet needs particular to the midmarket and pricing them to meet a midmarket company's budget. To further entice midmarket customers, vendors are also developing vertical solutions that target certain industries, such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, fleet management and construction, with built-in functionality that cuts down on customization.
In an effort to simplify the notoriously difficult implementation process, vendors are also developing ERP systems that can be delivered in ways friendly to organizations with limited IT resources. Web-based ERP solution has become an ideal system for many of these mid-sized organizations as it is very cost-effective with easy implementation process.
There are some companies that may try to develop its own ERP system in-house. Since designing and implementing ERP systems is not the business of most companies, the systems developed by the team will never equal in quality, scope, functionality, or technology with those created by software firms. These software firms or ERP package vendors can produce sophisticated packages and provide their clients with products that allow them to maintain a focus on their own chief activities, thus improving revenues, profits and shareholder returns.
Thus, it always better to buy ERP packages. ERP systems are getting better, bigger and have more features. Also, people who are specialized in developing such types of tools have developed them. Most of the tools would be customized to suit your needs. So unless and until your project or organization has a need that cannot be fulfilled by the available tools, it is better to buy the tools rather than make them.
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