The concept of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), also referred to as the “central nervous system” of an enterprise, first began in the 1960s when companies began to develop Material Requirements Planning software (MRP). In 1990, Gartner was the first to coin the term “Enterprise Resource Planning” officially.
What is an ERP?
ERP is a tool that allows companies to efficiently manage all aspects of their operations, from finance and human resources to supply chains, accounting, and manufacturing. It is often called the organization’s “system of record”; most (if not all) of an organization’s data is stored within an ERP. As a result, the ERP provides a single source that operates all aspects of a business:
Today’s ERPs bear little similarity to the first ERP iterations that were first deployed in the 1960s due to enhanced capabilities like cloud computing and ERP with AI. Cloud ERP software (considered to be Software as a Service [SaaS]) allows different parts of a company to connect in real-time, providing agility, collaboration, and the speed needed to remain competitive in today’s modern world.
There are several different benefits of a good ERP system. These include:
- Accelerated reporting by sharing results easily so that business partners can act on the results and improve performance
- Better insights to reduce “information silos” through a “single source of truth,” enabling workers to get quick and accurate answers to questions that are necessary for optimal performance
- Improved productivity through streamlining and automating fundamental business processes
- Simplified IT using integrated ERP applications in one shared database
- Ensured regulatory compliance to lower risks
- Real-time data assessments to identify and react to new opportunities and issues
Due to the global nature of businesses today, collaboration and communication are key. Gone are the days when most enterprise resource planning implementations were mostly on-premises. The convenience of cloud data and cloud ERP cannot be overstated in today’s global business environments.
What Are Some Stand-Out ERP Systems?
There are hundreds of ERP systems available. The ERP software chosen depends on whether a company needs a product for a large enterprise or an SME (small-to-medium-sized enterprise). The most popular ERPs include Oracle NetSuite, Sage Intacct, SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Acumatica, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Odoo ERP.
What is Microsoft Dynamics 365?
Azure-based Microsoft Dynamics 365 is an ERP leader for small-and-medium-sized businesses. It was one of the first major vendors to combine customer relationship management (CRM) tools and enterprise resource planning tools. As a set of modular SaaS applications and services, Dynamics 365 is designed to offer integrated, automated marketing and intelligent sales capabilities to prioritize, connect, and convert leads into paying customers.
Dynamics 365 Benefits and Newest Improvements
The benefits of Dynamics 365 are:
- Minimal code and less risk, thanks to the point-and-click app creation experience within Microsoft Power Apps
- Powerful analytics and visualization with Power BI
- 99.9% availability for reduced latency worldwide
- Highly adjustable applications that can be used on their own or together, which helps your business to adapt to its specific needs
Dynamics 365 continues to improve functioning across all aspects of its software. Microsoft released its Dynamics 365 2022 release wave 1 plan in April and September 2022. The 2022 release wave 2 features were announced afterward, and its new features have been (and will continue to be) released between October 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023. Learn more about the stand-out improvements in this article.
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