ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions
ERP systems increase their significance, certainly in your company too. HELVETING offers you a long-time experience in the development as well as in the customising and deployment of ERP systems. Our knowhow and our experience entail using the most adequate engineering instrument at any moment, guiding you as customer in the specification and realising your desired solution profitably.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) defines the entrepreneurial task how to use the given resources as capital, equipment or personnel in the most efficient way for the operational process and therefore, to optimise the control of business processes.
HELVETING is your neutral partner who can act for you as consultant as well as project manager for the evaluation, conception and realisation. HELVETING is neutral for your company with respect to the solution finding. We do not enter into strategic partnerships and we are contractually and financially independent from third parties as a result.
Savings of time and money by optimised resource planning
The widespread use of ERP systems in companies, independent of industry sector and size, as well as the high level of satisfaction endorse the use of ERP systems and the therefore resulting savings of time and money.
ERP systems distinguish themselves mainly in the components such as the branch, the number of users or the size of enterprise as well as the number of company locations. Other cause variables for an ERP system are of course the scope of functions, the company’s functional areas that are integrated into or that must be covered by the system, and finally the used technologies (databases, programming languages, frameworks, layer architectures, supported operating systems etc.).
What enterprise resource planning solutions are available in the Microsoft environment?
Whether it is a large corporation or a SME, to plan the use of resources is essential for every company. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an example for a enterprise resource planning system that is often used by small and medium-sized companies and that is distributed by the corresponding Microsoft partners in the area Business Solutions. The modifications of the standard software to the respective business processes are usually realised in the product specific programming language C/AL. There is a variety of industry solutions for different branches developed by Microsoft partners. HELVETING with its Microsoft technology experts offers you user-specific customising.
Under what circumstances will open source software be used?
There is a big open source market besides the proprietary software systems such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It can become apparent after a requirements analysis that an open source framework is the ideal platform for the realisation of customer-specific ERP system. Open ERP, as an example, is a professional ERP office solution for SME. In addition, there are other open source software platforms for SME enterprises from one to several hundreds of employees. These platforms are often based on Java and offer SME service and production enterprises as well as public institutions a multitude of specific modules or complements. The modules are individually applicable and can be modified or adjusted customer-specific. HELVETING also supports you in these matters, e.g. with its Java or Scripting experts.
What are the advantages of an ERP system for companies?
In comparison with Excel solutions or VBA enriched Excel lists, which are still often in use in industrial service and production enterprises, a database-based ERP system has the advantage to govern centrally information and make them available location-independently. No complicated formulas must be created or access permissions and options must be developed laboriously. The maintenance of data is user-friendly. Lists and key figures are uniquely defined, are sorted by different criteria and can be printed and exported at all times. The system automates the data-related processes and provides consistent data.
When is a web-based ERP system used?
Modern ERP systems are web-based products. The operation is done in the browser. There is no specific fat client system needed. Therefore, the employees can collaboratively work together company-wide. Release changes or updates are done centrally and a software distribution is not necessary. Additionally, suppliers and customers can be included into the production process with standardised interfaces such as REST. In that way, customers can place an order directly in the ERP system and suppliers can terminate directly online (B2B interfaces).
What are the typical functional areas of ERP software?
Enterprise resource planning can basically be used in every functional area of a company. Ideally, all resources will be company-wide integrated into the ERP system in order to prevent isolated solutions. A comprehensive ERP system additionally improves the flow of communication in a company leading to a more efficient internal collaboration of the company. Typical functional areas of ERP software are for instance:
- Materials management (Procurement, inventory, disposition)
- Production planning and control, production and project management
- Finance and accounting as well as controlling
- Human resources and master data management
- Project management in research and development, scenario planning
Procedure of an evaluation and realisation of a ERP system in an enterprise
After the project kick-off meeting, the project planning, the methodology or further phases, a document analysis is conducted for the coverage of the actual state. In a requirements analysis, HELVETING develops together with you in a workshop and in interviews what the business requirements are, how they should be integrated into the ERP and which of them are integrated. Solution variants and rough conception of the desired solution will be determined in the conception phase. The realisation is typically made according to an agile methodology (Scrum). In single cases even the waterfall model with a fixed price can be used, depending on the accuracy of specifications and the demanded flexibility during the project.