Traditionally businesses relied on people to manage ad hoc processes based on experience. It was effective, but slow and costly. In the postmodern age, well-defined business processes managed using digital devices provide transparent trustable information through formal and social relationships, resulting in increased quality at lower cost.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software integrates core business processes, which may include:
- Project management
- Engineering Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
- Production planning
- Manufacturing or the delivery of services
- Marketing, sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
- Materials and inventory management
- Shipping and payment
- Financial reporting
An ERP system provides a common point for the various functions and departments of an organization to access, share and manage business information.
Dale has worked with a number of ERP systems and is pleased to represent the WebERP and ERPNext open-source ERP software projects. WebERP excels at providing basic ERP functionality with minimum hosting and network bandwidth requirements. ERPNext is a postmodern ERP with enterprise features and a sophisticated interactive user interface previously available only in commercial proprietary software.