Common ERP Myths

There are a lot of myths that surround the concept, infrastructure, implementation and practice of enterprise resource planning. Very often people are not willing to adopt ERP because of these wrong notions. In this section we will see some of the most common myths about ERP and will try to demystify them.

ERP is just for the Managers/Decision-makers

The managers and decision-makers are the major users of the ERP system. They are the people who benefit the most from the properly implemented ERP system. They will have all the information they need at their fingertips for making informed decisions. The quality of the decisions and the speed with which the decisions are made are dramatically improved as the ERP systems provide high-quality, timely and relevant information. But every employee in an organization benefits from the ERP system. An ERP system gives the store clerk access to the inventory record and enables him to find out the exact quality of an item. It allows the production supervisor to plan his activities. It allows all employees to apply for leave, get loads approved, gets the travel expenses reimbursed and so on.

But for making the best use of the information processing power of an ERP system the users should be trained on how to make the best use of the various features available. If people are ignorant about these, they will find it useless and if they are not properly trained, they will find the experience frustrating and tedious. These people will not use the ERP system or if forced will use it but not to its fullest potential. They will see ERP as a waste of time and do it just because they are forced to do it. This hostility towards ERP can be eliminated if the users are properly educated and make aware of the benefits of the ERP system.

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