When implementing an ERP solution, you may come to find that it doesn't do things exactly the way you thought it would. In order to fully utilize a specific function or process you may need to customize the software. Some companies also feel that there is a competitive advantage to be gained by customizing their ERP software so that it does more than their competitors’ solutions. Yet unlike configuration changes that are part of the normal set-up and implementation, customization involves changes to the source code of your ERP software; and when any of the code is modified there are risks involved.
How often is your app being un-installed from users’ mobile devices? If the answer is, “Almost never, we’ve got a great app,” then you’re doing something right, and you can stop reading right now. However, if the answer is, “Users are definitely un-installing it more often than we would like,” then you’re most certainly not alone. And you should absolutely keep reading to learn why users are un-installing your app and what you can do to change that.
Merit Solutions is proud to be participating in Ultra Consultants' upcoming "Bio Tech-Med Device ERP Webinar Series". The series is for Life Sciences executives to see today's top ERP vendors go head-to-head – demonstrating how we meet the needs of Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device manufacturers.
Join us on December 1 at 1:00pm CST for the first webinar in this series: Document Management and Quality Control. Paul Challinor, Senior Consultant at Merit Solutions, will present how we help companies with Document Management and Quality Control.
Tuesday, December 1st at 1:00pm CST
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Planning the implementation of an ERP solution in your company is a rather big deal. A properly designed blueprint can help you better align your business processes with your existing information systems to give people access to a wealth of data for making better decisions that help your business meet its goals. However, planning an ERP implementation isn’t an easy task. There are guides that can help you understand what you are in for; however it takes some one with real experience in planning this type of project to get things right because there are always things that people forget about. When certain things are overlooked it can mean failure for your project; and some of these things are frequently forgotten.
In August 2015, Stratistics Market Research published a report entitled, “Global Enterprise Mobility Market Outlook (2014-2022).” The firm’s researchers estimated that the global enterprise mobility market was worth $6.6 billion in 2014. They predict it will grow to a value of $11.2 billion between 2014 and 2022.
What’s the cause of this explosive growth? Stratistics’ researchers believe that the rising number of wireless customers and improved telecommunications infrastructure are the drivers. Technological advances in mobile devices will fuel the market’s expansion.
One of the most common reasons ERP implementations fail is a lack of proper training – and it can also result in employees resenting the new system and deciding to work around or outside of it completely.
When your users aren’t prepared for a new software solution they become a roadblock to successful implementation. However, with proper change management techniques you can help win over your end-users and help increase the successes of your ERP solution.
Wireframes, also known as a blueprints or model designs, are visual guides, outlines, which represent the simplified model of an object, state, or workflow being described. Essentially, wireframes are created for the purpose of arranging elements to best accomplish a particular purpose. They usually lack typographic style, color, or graphics, since the main focus lies in functionality, behavior, and priority of content. In other words, they focuses on functionality, not appearance. Wireframes can be pencil drawings or sketches on a whiteboard, or they can be produced by means of a broad array of free or commercial software applications.
But… chances are you probably already knew all this.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are complex applications and by the nature and with that complexity comes an increased concern regarding the application’s security. Combine the ERP system’s complexity with the fact that it is responsible for housing a great deal of sensitive data related to financial resources, intellectual property and personnel data and it is easy to see why this resource becomes a target for cyber attacks.
As with any enterprise application, the ERP solution has developed certain myths surrounding its security; and unless your organization understands the truth behind these myths the system may be at greater risk. Below are some of the more common beliefs regarding ERP security along with an explanation that dispel these beliefs.
At the end of October 2015, the research firm eMarketer published an article which stated that 39.5 million adults in the US will use wearable technology. That number represents an almost 58% increase from 2014. And the research firm expects the amount of wearable technology users in the US to grow even further – by 2018, eMarketer expects 81.7 million people will utilize some form of wearable technology.
How do things look on the enterprise side? Cloud CRM provider Salesforce.com carried out a survey of its own between the end of February and the beginning of March 2015. Researchers focused on 500 full time business professionals who currently use or plan to implement some form of wearable technology. The report’s authors expressed confidence that wearable technology adoption will dramatically increase within the enterprise because it offers such incredible business benefits.
In today’s competitive environment, companies that are looking to implement new ERP systems must carefully navigate the crowded highway of vendor solutions that are available. Once implemented, the right ERP systems can enhance productivity, encourage growth and increase ROI. First, though, companies have to embark on the journey toward choosing the best ERP system for their businesses.
In its report “Are You Asking The Right Questions When Selecting An ERP System?”, the Aberdeen Group identified the ERP software criteria most commonly used as part of the selection process of top-performing companies. Here is a look at how Microsoft Dynamics AX, SAP Business One, SAP Business ByDesign and SAP All-in-One fare as to Aberdeen’s criteria as well as several others.
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