RJT's Guide to Get the Most Out of Your ERP System in 2013

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ERP systems have come a long way in the past few years and are now able to better integrate with the web, provide more sophisticated analytics, and are much easier to configure.

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It's not your father's ERP system.

ERP Recent Evolution

In recent years business applications have been undergoing many changes. The progression of cloud computing, the access to mobile technologies and the impact of social media is affecting the business application environment. ERP has been the business application most affected. ERP systems have come a long way in the past few years and are now able to better integrate with the web, provide more sophisticated analytics, and are much easier to configure. It's not your father's ERP system.

What ERP Does

ERP collects, manages and distributes information across an entire organization and helps break down information barriers that interfere with full cooperation between finance and accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management and any other business function. The result is the increase in quality and efficiency, reduction in time-to-market, shortened lead times, higher productivity and lowered costs, improved customer service, and an increase in sales and margins.

What Has Changed

Integration with the Web

Modern ERP systems are built for the internet-enabled world with e-commerce capabilities and the ability to integrate and collaborate with supply chain partners, customer portals, and aid in the tracking of incoming material and outgoing product to increase visibility and control. Web based solutions and services offer certain benefits such as ease of integration and reduction in costs through the hosted application model. Because these solutions are in the cloud, they are easy to deploy, easy to adopt and do not need any additional investment in IT infrastructure and staff. Typically an organization pays a low monthly subscription fee and maintenance and upgrades are taken care of by the provider, which allows the organization to focus more on business and less on IT systems.

Better Use of Analytics

With the emergence of ground breaking analytics, organizations now have access to real time information that empowers them to react more quickly to a rapidly changing business environment. Integrated analytics brings together information from a company's ERP system and enhances it with advanced analytics. Intuitive role-based dashboards give deep insight into business performance which aids organizations in better decisions making processes. When away from an office computer, users can view all of this on a variety of mobile devices such as iPad’s and Blackberries.

Easier Configuration

Next generation ERP products allow organizations to quickly create new processes, reconfigure and tweak existing processes, as well as add additional functionality. Leading vendors provide a full set of functionality and modules out of the box. Because these vendors have already integrated these modules and optimized the interfaces, configuration is much less costly than it has ever been. As a business grows, and a need for enhanced functionality increases; these capabilities can be "turned on" without having to pay an additional license fee. This provides a more scalable and agile implementation path and a faster return on investment.

Learn More

See how RJT Compuquest is helping companies extract greater value from their ERP system investment. Learn how next generation companies are using their tools to compete in an uncertain economy. http://info.rjtcompuquest.com/fisker-auto

About RJT Compuquest

RJT Compuquest, Inc. provides system integration and ERP management consulting services to companies with a local, national and global presence. The services provided are in the areas of assessments, implementations, optimization projects and individual resources. RJT is capable of working across all technology platforms, operating systems and infrastructures. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Torrance, CA, RJT Compuquest serves clients across the U.S. from offices in Irvine, Chicago, and Dallas. Built on long-term, trusted client and employee relationships, RJT strives to consistently and cost-effectively plan, execute and deliver high-quality solutions and services.

For more information about RJT please visit our website at: http://www.rjtcompuquest.com

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