Human Resource Management. The module contains tools and functions that automate and make a whole range of labor-intensive processes more efficient.
For example, management:
- divisions and departments of the organization;
- human time and resources;
- staff, career.
Inventory Management. It helps to maintain stable and optimal inventory levels. At the same time, the system allows you to quickly track each product from the moment it arrives at the warehouse to the point of sale (or transfer to the counterparty). Such information is available from any access point to the system at any time.
Customer Relationship Mismanagement (CRM). Aimed at improving the relationship between the service provider or product and customers. Here, customer needs are noted and explored to improve user scenarios, increase loyalty and increase sales. CRM-module is especially useful for medium and large companies.
Sales and Marketing. Usually this module complements the CRM module. It manages the export and local projects, which makes sales processes more manageable. The marketing module includes the management of orders, sales, invoices and the monitoring of these things.
Production. A set of functions and tools to improve and automate production planning, order management and optimize production management from order to delivery.
Finance and Accounting. Automates a significant portion of accounting and manages information related to finances, transactions, etc. Advanced modules of this type fill out tax returns themselves and post to them.
Planning. Usually presented in the form of a calendar, where you can create or schedule events and tasks, assign a responsible person, and then monitor and control the implementation. In some cases, the planning module integrates predictive tools that, based on a linear or more complex relationship, predict sales, costs, necessary actions, etc.
Reports. Allows for a few minutes to generate a report on the desired period, department, process, employee or task. Data is collected and automatically grouped and, as a rule, visualized using graphs and charts.
Approximate example of calculating the cost of developing an ERP system
Since the cost of developing ERP depends on the business, let's look at this process on the example of a relatively small company that manufactures and distributes dairy products. For example, our company will purchase raw materials from various farmers and make yogurts, cheeses and other dairy products from it. Finished products will then be distributed to several stores for a specific order.
Identification of ERP-system modules
Thus, we will have several suppliers with different quantities, quality and price of raw materials, the production process and several buyers (stores) who buy our products as needed. For this example, we can identify such modules:
Human Resource Management Module. It is necessary for managing people, distributing tasks and planning production depending on the quantity of raw materials in warehouses and the needs of stores. In our company, this module will be responsible for:
- management, distribution and planning of human resources (managers, management, workers, carriers, etc.);
- storage, management, distribution and planning of production resources (raw materials, transport, equipment, etc.);
- supplier and supply chain management;
- payroll management.
Production management module. It is optional for a small production. But since we have several suppliers with different quality of raw materials, and the products need to be made the same (desirable high) quality and at the same time also plan production depending on supplies and orders, this module is necessary for our company. Its functions:
- production chain management;
- creating a nomenclature.
CRM module. It will track all interactions with suppliers, customers, and carriers. Help build more productive relationships and help with marketing.
Sales and Marketing. Required for planning and tracking the effectiveness of marketing tools and sales forecasting based on this efficiency.
Estimating the cost of developing ERP modules
The process of estimating the cost of developing a custom ERP is similar to the process of developing web applications in general: you need to understand how many professionals will be involved, calculate the time they spend, and multiply these numbers by the hourly rate of each specialist.