Social ERP Software
The web and the business community are getting far more social, so we're hoping ERP software is also getting more social. We're in the pursuit of social ERP software websites, communities, forums and similar online destinations.
We hope to find several good ERP software blogs, or at least a few really good ERP software blogs. We know that Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications deliver a central company-wide information system, pulling together line of business systems from across the company and across the globe (for decentralized or multi-national companies) into a single, central and shared company-wide information system, but we need to know a lot more. And we want to learn from others.
We even know the basics, such that ERP systems bring together 5 different types of line of business applications, such as financial software, manufacturing software, distribution management software, HR/payroll software, and CRM software, in order to consolidate company wide information and automate end to end processes, but we need to know so much more. And its our feeling that finding a few expert ERP bloggers will shed additional light in our pursuit of continuous learning on this topic. We've found one ERP software blog that we like, but we need to find several more.
ERP Software Systems
We are now somewhere over the hump (we hope) of our internal ERP system implementation. In a future article after we've learned a few things, I hope to take a retro look and give a post mortem review of our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software experience, including the way we deployed it and the major lessons learned. Our ERP software is a cloud solution, or I guess more specifically a software as a service (SaaS) ERP application, from SAP called Business ByDesign. There's an independent review that discloses both SAP Business ByDesign Strengths and Weaknesses at ERPsearch.com. We found this review very helpful and have since found it very accurate.
More Than Accounting Software
Our previous business software system was called Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains). It was also called an ERP system, but in reality, at least in our environment, it was pretty much just an accounting software system that included accounting modules such as general ledger, accounts receivable, sales orders, accounts payable, purchase orders, project costing and some basic inventory management. We chose SAP Business ByDesign for two main reasons. First, to get a cloud ERP system and reduce the need for IT labor which is very expensive for our company. Second, we desired a true enterprise-wide ERP system that included integrated CRM, supply chain management, payroll and human resources software. We think we've got the right ERP system, but will report back after our software implementation.