Many businesses are faced with the daunting task of adjusting their systems to support their growth needs. Activities such as added customizations, newly developed integrations and variances between core business processes across various operating units are the type of activities keeping many IT departments busy in support of their companies merger and acquisition efforts.
ERP systems can play a key role in enabling companies scale their businesses in a bit easier fashion. A well designed and flexible ERP system can provide several key capabilities such as standardization, integration and visibility.
ERP systems tend to increase process standardizations across key business processes as well. ERP systems are highly configurable so would enable most organizations to leverage their internal logic to satisfy business requirements. Although it is more desirable to shy away from any customizations when using an ERP system, fact of the matter is that most ERP systems end up getting customized, but at least all the core data is still stored in a centralized repository.
Tighter integration across various business and information management processes is a key attribute of ERP systems. ERP systems reduce the need to have data duplicated in multiple places and as such improve overall data quality levels. This also translates in reduced efforts for developing programs to perform data scrubbing, translation and integration.
Finally, ERP systems generally make it easier to provide an integrated view of the operational data to all users across the organization. It is easier in ERP based environments to access the needed data and develop effective management support and dashboard systems to better manage the business. ERP systems have allowed many organizations to radically redesign their data warehouse and decision support systems through simplifying their analytics layers since data tends to be less scattered in such environments.