Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can be used as a tool to help you effectively manage resources by allowing automation of resource planning and providing real-time tracking of activities. ERP systems can help you save time by reducing errors and giving you the tools needed to analyze current conditions and share the information with employees as needed.
However, while ERP systems have many benefits when it comes to resource planning, they can’t provide all things to all organizations. If you’re considering an ERP, it’s important to know the limitations of using them in resource planning so you can develop the right solutions for your organization.
1. ERPs Can Take a Long Time to Implement
If you’re considering using an ERP just for resource planning, it may be a long time until you actually get to work with it. That’s because of the high implementation times that typically come with an ERP. It can take up to a year to install an ERP, depending on the modules that need to be developed, and then you need to train all of your employees on how to use the system.
This process can result in significant downtime and loss of business for your organization. Be sure that the time and money spent implementing an ERP will lead to long-term profits that make the investment worthwhile.
2. ERPs Aren’t Truly Customizable
ERP systems have a lot of functionality, but they are not customizable. How much you can tailor the specific ERP to your organization’s needs depends on the type of software used and its features. While some software companies offer more expanded features and flexibility, you may need add-ons to track the type of metrics you truly need.
At Journyx, we can help custom build your ERP to make sure it has the features and functionality that make it work best for you.
3. ERPs Don’t Track Time
While an ERP is designed to help you run your financials, it won’t keep track of your employees’ time. Without time tracking, you can’t gauge the true costs of your resource use and output because you’re missing a vital cost that impacts your bottom line.
Integrating a third-party time tracking software into your ERP can ensure that you get the most accurate look at expenditures and how employee time is being used. When time tracking software is used in conjunction with an ERP, you can get a true real-time look at how your project is progressing.
4. ERPs Can Eat Up Your Budget
ERP systems are expensive on their own, and setting up the software and making sure all of your employees are trained can be costly as well. How much you ultimately spend depends on the scope and complexity of your ERP, the types of customization and add-ons required, whether you hire an ERP consultant, and how much training your team needs. You may also need to upgrade your computer hardware and network equipment to be able to handle the ERP software.
One way to keep costs down is to work with vendors that have already developed programs that can plug into whatever ERP you ultimately choose. This can help keep down the costs of customization and implementation, and often be more user friendly for your employees.
5. Training May Be Extensive
As with any aspect of your company, having employees who are trained and knowledgeable makes processes more efficient and effective. This is no different when it comes to using an ERP for resource planning. Your team must be properly trained in your specific ERP to ensure that the system works correctly and you’re getting the information you need to keep projects on track.
While it may be tempting to cut costs by not having your employees properly trained on the ERP, this will lead to inefficiencies and errors that ultimately cost you more money.
6. Your ERP Is Only as Good as Your Employees
One of the key benefits of an ERP system is the information sharing that happens between departments. If your employees are resistant to sharing information between business units or departments, that can reduce the efficiencies of the software. Whether you’ve been in business a long time or are just starting out, it’s important to get all of your employees on board with using the new technology and being transparent in the information they share. Only then will you be able make full use of your ERP system.
With these limitations and others, you may not immediately see the benefits of using an ERP for resource planning. While it may take a lot longer than you think to implement the software and train employees, the long-term benefits may make the investment worth it.
At Journyx, we can help make the limitations of an ERP less burdensome by walking you through the process of implementing an ERP and helping you figure out which of our user-friendly software programs, like time tracking, are already available to plug into any ERP you choose. For more information on how to make an ERP work for you, contact us today.