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  WHAT IS AND WHAT IS NOT ERP
   
    What is ERP?
    How can ERP improve a company's business performance?
    What will ERP fix in my business?
    What else should be considered?


WHAT IS ERP?

Enterprise resource planning software, or ERP, attempts to integrate all departments and functions across a company onto a single computer system that can serve all those different departments' particular needs.
That is a tall order, building a single software program that serves the needs of people in finance as well as it does the people in human resources and in the warehouse. Each of those departments typically has its own computer system optimised for the particular ways that the department does its work. But ERP combines them all together into a single, integrated software program that runs off a single database so that the various departments can more easily share information and communicate with each other. That integrated approach can have a tremendous payback if companies install the software correctly.
Take a customer order, for example. Typically, when a customer places an order, that order begins a mostly paper-based journey from in-basket to in-basket around the company, often being keyed and rekeyed into different departments' computer systems along the way. All that lounging around in in-baskets causes delays and lost orders, and all the keying into different computer systems invites errors. Meanwhile, no one in the company truly knows what the status of the order is at any given point because there is no way for the finance department, for example, to get into the warehouse's computer system to see whether the item has been shipped. "You'll have to call the warehouse" is the familiar refrain heard by frustrated customers.
ERP vanquishes the old standalone computer systems in finance, HR, manufacturing and the warehouse, and replaces them with a single unified software program divided into software modules that roughly approximate the old standalone systems. Finance, manufacturing and the warehouse all still get their own software, except now the software is linked together so that someone in finance can look into the warehouse software to see if an order has been shipped. Most vendors' ERP software is flexible enough that you can install some modules without buying the whole package. Many companies, for example, will just install an ERP finance or HR module and leave the rest of the functions for another day.



HOW CAN ERP IMPROVE A COMPANY'S BUSINESS PERFORMANCE?

ERP's best hope for demonstrating value is as a sort of battering ram for improving the way your company takes a customer order and processes it into an invoice and revenue-otherwise known as the order fulfilment process. That is why ERP is often referred to as back-office software. It doesn't handle the up-front selling process (although most ERP vendors have recently developed CRM software to do this); rather, ERP takes a customer order and provides a software road map for automating the different steps along the path to fulfilling it. When a customer service representative enters a customer order into an ERP system, he has all the information necessary to complete the order (the customer's credit rating and order history from the finance module, the company's inventory levels from the warehouse module and the shipping dock's trucking schedule from the logistics module, for example).
People in these different departments all see the same information and can update it. When one department finishes with the order it is automatically routed via the ERP system to the next department. To find out where the order is at any point, you need only log in to the ERP system and track it down. With luck, the order process moves like a bolt of lightning through the organization, and customers get their orders faster and with fewer errors than before. ERP can apply that same magic to the other major business processes, such as employee benefits or financial reporting.
That, at least, is the dream of ERP.
Reality sometimes differs, because it is not only ERP, but also people that work with it. People don't like to change, and ERP asks them to change how they do their jobs. That is why the value of ERP is so hard to pin down. The software is less important than the changes companies make in the ways they do business. If you use ERP to improve the ways your people take orders, manufacture goods, ship them and bill for them, you will see value from the software. If you simply install the software without changing the ways people do their jobs, you may not see any value at all-indeed, the new software could slow you down by simply replacing the old software that everyone knew with new software that no one does.



WHAT WILL ERP FIX IN MY BUSINESS?

There are five major reasons why companies undertake ERP.
Integrate financial information-As the CEO tries to understand the company's overall performance, he may find many different versions of the truth. Finance has its own set of revenue numbers, sales has another version, and the different business units may each have their own version of how much they contributed to revenues. ERP creates a single version of the truth that cannot be questioned because everyone is using the same system.
Integrate customer order information-ERP systems can become the place where the customer order lives from the time a customer service representative receives it until the loading dock ships the merchandise and finance sends an invoice. By having this information in one software system, rather than scattered among many different systems that can't communicate with one another, companies can keep track of orders more easily, and coordinate manufacturing, inventory and shipping among many different locations at the same time.
Standardize and speed up manufacturing processes-Manufacturing companies-especially those with an appetite for mergers and acquisitions-often find that multiple business units across the company make the same widget using different methods and computer systems. ERP systems come with standard methods for automating some of the steps of a manufacturing process. Standardizing those processes and using a single, integrated computer system can save time, increase productivity and reduce head count.
Reduce inventory-ERP helps the manufacturing process flow more smoothly, and it improves visibility of the order fulfilment process inside the company. That can lead to reduced inventories of the stuff used to make products (work-in-progress inventory), and it can help users better plan deliveries to customers, reducing the finished good inventory at the warehouses and shipping docks. To really improve the flow of your supply chain, you need supply chain software, but ERP helps too.
Standardize HR information-Especially in companies with multiple business units, HR may not have a unified, simple method for tracking employees' time and communicating with them about benefits and services. ERP can fix that. In the race to fix these problems, companies often lose sight of the fact that ERP packages are nothing more than generic representations of the ways a typical company does business. While most packages are exhaustively comprehensive, each industry has its quirks that make it unique. Most ERP systems were designed to be used by discrete manufacturing companies (that make physical things that can be counted), which immediately left all the process manufacturers (oil, chemical and utility companies that measure their products by flow rather than individual units) out in the cold. Each of these industries has struggled with the different ERP vendors to modify core ERP programs to their needs.



WHAT ELSE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED?

1. Training - workers have to learn how to operate with the new software interface and methods.
2. Integration and testing - testing the links between ERP packages and other corporate software links.
3. Customisation - an actual customisation of the core ERP software itself happens when the ERP software can't handle one of your business processes and you decide to mess with the software to make it do what you want.
4. Data conversion - which means to move corporate information, such as customer and supplier records, product design data and the like, from old systems to new ERP homes.
5. Data analysis - often, the data from the ERP system must be combined with data from external systems for analysis purposes.

 
  ATLANTIS ERP


ATLANTIS ERP - Integrated business information system to support your company's competitiveness
In today's demanding and fast changing business environment, the installation of an IT system constitutes a strategic decision. Conducting business is an ever-increasing challenge. Enterprises need the best available solid information systems that will support all areas of business with flexibility and integrity, that will strengthen their organizational foundations and enhance company's competitiveness and long term progress.
ATLANTIS, a modern ERP system, meets the high requirements of large enterprises, decentralized companies, groups of companies and multinational businesses. It incorporates UNISOFT experience having implemented thousands of systems in all business sectors.
Accompanied by a group of results-oriented services and based on UNISOFT 's unique software development technology, UNISOFT delivers a powerful set of applications to respond to the needs of changing businesses. ATLANTIS facilitates business processes as it maps changes to the system and supports the organizational structure of the company.
With business information available across all operations and full support of company-to-company communication, ATLANTIS gives you insight into your business needs. It also helps you increase employee competency at all levels as it provides the necessary tools for timely and intelligent decision-making.

INTEGRATERD

ATLANTIS is a fully integrated and comprehensive software system, providing extensive access to up-to-date information for all your business operations.
It combines the latest achievements in software development technologies with modern methodologies of system design and analysis. Furthermore, it employs developments in accessing information resources, data transfer and interchange to support your company's communication needs.
ATLANTIS modules form an integrated, solid and uniform solution, yet flexible and fully configurable to adjust to your own business process and allow your company to reach its full potential.

INNOVATIVE

Based on the innovative ROADS technology developed by UNISOFT R&D department, ATLANTIS is an open architecture system (client-server, 3-tier or multi-tier) that fully utilizes the performance and flexibility of the most popular databases and platforms.

FLEXIBLE

As an open architecture system, ATLANTIS fully adjusts to your business structures and operations, with unique system implementation options. A responsive and detailed solution, ATLANTIS accommodates extensive configurable functionality to meet your own particular needs. Furthermore, it may be configured to reflect business relationships between multiple sites and support company to company communication of any type.
The system provides your business with flexibility in covering individual, diverse market demands, as today's competitive environment leads to customer-centric business approaches and practices. The unlimited capability of dynamic information design allows user to employ every form of data, structured to meet his reporting and decision-making needs.
With appropriate information available on line, your company may speed up procedures and address situations before they become critical.
Furthermore, ATLANTIS provides enormous expandability in line with the company's progress to meet any needs as they arise.

USER FRIENDLY

ATLANTIS, with its ergonomic and friendly user interface enables users to perform a wide range of operations fast and easy. Furthermore, users may customize the forms to their personal preference, using the built-in customizing capability.
You may choose user interface that suits your business and end users, simplify routine tasks and secure efficient data entry.
ATLANTIS improves user competence and enhances the overall business performance with desktop connectivity and communication with third-party applications

RELIABLE

ATLANTIS manages safely enormous volumes of data and at the same time supports multi -user operations. Furthermore, it employs a powerful, advanced security system for total user access control to files, functions, utilities and peripherals.

UP-TO-DATE

ATLANTIS applications are multi-lingual, multi-currency and multi-company. They comply with local tax legislation and cover all legislation requirements.

ATLANTIS IN YOUR COMPANY

Based on UNISOFT 's extensive know-how and experience with thousands of installations, ATLANTIS streamlines the entire business process, as complicated as it may be, flexibly but reliably and provides an easy, step-by-step transition to the new system. Therefore, ATLANTIS is the ideal system-tool for commercial and manufacturing organizations:
" with increased organizational and information management requirements
" with special needs in automatic information processing and communication such as data exchange between companies, subsidiaries, branches, trade networks, mobile users etc.
ATLANTIS will cover multiple sites, multinational operations comprehensively and efficiently. It will integrate all available information with reliability and will facilitate reporting and decision support in your company.

INTRANETS & EXTRANETS

ATLANTIS open architecture allows on line connection - using advanced communication means and technologies - of an unlimited number of users and branches, ensuring fast and reliable data interchange.
ATLANTIS communication capabilities can be further expanded with custom systems, which allow direct information access via Internet, using an ordinary Web browser.
Moreover, ATLANTIS connected to custom applications supports electronic business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions.

ATLANTIS: A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT

ATLANTIS is an integrated business intelligence system that together with its unparalleled built-in capabilities and top-quality support services ensures the maximum return on your business investment for the ERP system.
Major benefits to your company include time and resource saving, minimization of the danger of valuable data losses due to system breakdown and optimisation of the use of peripheral hardware and WAN networks.
Enterprise procedures related to data query and migration are fully adjusted to your unique needs, without geographic restrictions. All data can be efficiently interchanged, internally and externally (Internet, Intranet, E-mail, EDI, and Electronic Commerce) in order to speed up and secure communication.
ATLANTIS adapts quickly and flexibly to your organization structure. Shaped to your requirements, it improves the workflow and supports complicated operations without restrictions.
With unlimited capabilities for company's data utilization (e.g. data mining), it supports substantially the decision-making process at any level. It provides consistency and visibility across your entire operations, helps you improve your customer service and meet your company's demands as you progress.

 

 
 
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